The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
So how do you win the battle? Last time we discussed why you want to conquer those habits that have been conquering you, but that’s not usually the problem. Most of us want to make good choices and overcome the temptations that keep jumping into our view, but how?
First, acknowledge the weakness.
14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:14-16
If you’re going to conquer temptation, especially the ones that seem most easy to give in to, you have to acknowledge the problem and admit that you can’t solve it yourself. We all know how it feels to bring the same issue to God again and again, hoping somehow this moment of confession and guilt will finally bring a new result. We’re not winning and we know it.
Truth is, you can’t win this one on your own. There’s no shame in admitting the obvious—you have a weak spot and God’s enemy is gouging you with it again and again. If you’re going to conquer this area of familiar temptation, you need to acknowledge the weakness to God. Yes, he is fully aware, but until you admit the weakness and your inability to win this battle on your own, you’ll never fully trust Him to help you.
Start EVERY day by acknowledging your area of weakness. That’s right! Let your earliest thoughts be of the battle and your need for God’s help. When you acknowledge that need every day, you can stay focused on the challenge and learn to live one victorious day at a time. Let your prayer be, “God help me to make the choices I want to make today. Help me on this day to avoid my area of weakness and live in your strength.” Then at day’s end, thank Him for a day of victory and repeat the same pattern tomorrow.
Certain areas of sin ultimately get labeled as addictions, not because we aren’t responsible, but because we can’t seem to overcome them and fall back into those habits, even when we insist we don’t want to. It’s an EVERY day battle, and you can’t afford to coast today in yesterday’s determination.
I’ve watched many friends successfully avoid their weak areas for days, weeks, even months, only to slip back into old habits when they thought their battle was over. It’s not over and it’s not going to be. Just as a recovering alcoholic can’t carelessly have a drink, you can’t get careless with your area of temptation ever again!
Yes, every day you win makes you stronger and moves you a step closer to lasting victory, but your need for God’s help never diminishes. When we fall back into old habits, it’s not because God has failed us. Usually we stumble again because we started depending on ourselves and convinced ourselves that we now have sufficient strength for the battle. Your strength may increase, but your dependency on God should never fade.
So start EACH day acknowledging your weakness and asking God for His strength. If you want to win this battle you can’t afford to skip this first step.
There are five steps in our journey…we’ll tackle step two next week.