Overcoming nagging sins. In preparing this writing, I peered over the book of Joshua. What happened to him externally, I use internally as encouragement while going through my daily battles.
“So I find this law at work. Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” — Romans 7:21 Joshua was kicking butt and taking names by the boatload, utterly destroying Ai. After an all-night march, he and his men fought all day! Imagine that? Marching all night, then fighting all day. The Five Amorite kings who came up against him fled and hid in a cave at Makkedah.
Invasion From Within
I could only imagine what the young leader was going through at the time. “I cannot stop to deal with these clowns right now, put a stone in front of the mouth of the cave, and I’ll deal with them once I handle my other enemies!” Imagine achieving everything you toiled for, yet still burdened with an internal foe. No matter how you try to hide it, it’s still there, until you deal with it. It could be procrastination to porn addiction, indolence to indecisiveness. As the spotlight gets brighter and brighter, one becomes more cunning at tucking away their kings in the cave. Not dealt with, just tucked away.
Traditional news media cycles and social media feeds are often inundated with men at the top of their game who “seem” to be winning outwardly, yet on the inside, their kings are beating on the wall, begging to be let out, frequently chipping away at the stone! A conquest without confronting internal issues is a faux sense of accomplishment. Who’s really winning? I think about men from Anthony Bourdain to Alexander McQueen, Dov Charney, to Harvey Weinstein. You and I might very well fit on that long list of men who didn’t confront their kings.
Victory From Above | Overcoming Nagging Sins
As men, we’re called to be the foundation of the family, the one who bears the weight. We have the capacity to do so because of the One who bears the weight for us all, yet we still have to confront the kings in our own caves. We don’t do this on our own, but with God’s strength; a continual dependence on Him. Victory is a process that requires a level of commitment, persistence, and all-out grit. Twelve rounds of exchanging well-executed blows, defensive and offensive tactics to win, and mental conditioning and stamina. The best way to conquer each king… slay one at a time. Because you my friend, are “more” than a conqueror.
Takeaway: We’ve all got secret sin; don’t let them hide in your cave and dwell there forever. Confront your kings.
Now go be Uncommen!
Author: Christopher Wiggins