Defeating temptation- Part 2

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2013

Rick Warren continues his presentation of the 4 keys to defeating temptation in Chapter 27 of The Purpose Driven Life.  The second key is discussed today.

2.  Reveal your struggle to a godly friend or support group.   As we journey toward healing and revitalization of our calling, we need at least one person with whom we honestly can share our struggles.  This mentor will support our healing rather than sympathetically enable us to perpetuate our negative thoughts and emotions.  Honestly revealing our feelings is the beginning of healing.  Hidden problems grow in the dark and only intensify over time.  They’ll shrink when exposed to the light of God’s truth.

Pastor Warren states that the reason we hide our burdens is pride.  We want others to think we have our thoughts and feelings “under control”.   In reality, this self-deception is an indication that the situation already is out of control.  The problems associated with our downsizing or position loss are too big to solve on our own.  We need an accountability partner or small group to encourage, pray for, and support us so that we remain focused on growth and healing.

Tomorrow’s blog:  “Defeating Temptation- Part 3”

 

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