The Devil Is Waiting In The Gray Areas Of Your Life
The men of Genesis Church gathered for a men’s retreat down at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. It’s a weekend meant for relaxation, reflection, and play. Tonight, we listen to Pastor Chuck as he pours into our group with a passion and exuberance of a man that’s lived a life full of hard earned experience in his walk with the Lord.
Pastor Chuck Price, a 6’2” beast of a man, stands tall before us, sweat dripping from his chin, his eyes burning with the presence of the Holy Spirit. “You are who you are because of the choices you have made.” He pauses, raises his hand gripping his Bible, “YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE BECAUSE OF THE CHOICES YOU HAVE MADE.” He repeats for effect.
I sit on the front row and hang on his every word. “Your reputation can never be as important as your character.” Chuck scans the room to make sure his words sink into our souls. “Your reputation is what people can see. They see your fruit, but God only cares about what people rarely see, which are your roots, your character.” Chuck smiles, “You see, your character is built in secret with no one around and is what sustains you. Gentleman, the devil observes your life and focuses on that gray area between what people see, your fruit, and who you REALLY are, your roots. It’s in those gaps that the devil schemes to destroy you.”
I break eye contact with Chuck and reflect on my own life and see images of my reputation compared to who I truly am when no one is watching. Am I giving the devil room to work in my life? Chuck keeps my attention as he raises his voice to bring home his point. “Your sin will expose you eventually, so I must ask, sir, how deep are your roots?”
That’s a beautiful question that every person should contemplate, man or woman. Sin grows in the dark corners of our life, in the secret chambers of our souls that we hope no one ever discovers. It eats away at us like a cancer and sucks the oxygen out of our relationships. The hard truth is that sin is a part of our world and something we must contend with as we strive to live out our lives on planet Earth. Our only hope is in our salvation, a gift from our Creator and the relationship we build with Him. How do we live in our own skin riddled with sin and destruction?
I’m no expert on this by any means, but I’ve discovered three ways that helps me:
- Confess. Pastor Chuck preached that your sin will eventually expose you so why not expose yourself? There’s a beautiful freedom in liberating yourself from your darkest sins. You know what you are keeping secret in your life, expose it to the light. Darkness can never live in the light. Start by confessing your sins to the Lord and then to someone close to you. Get it out in the open and allow yourself to begin to heal.
- Don’t fight the enemy alone. I spent years wallowing in my own issues by myself. I felt I was strong enough to fight alone and I was wrong, because I was losing. A few years ago, I confessed ALL my sins to a couple at my church through a series of counseling sessions and then ultimately to my wife. They listened and never judged me, they forgave me, and then they worked with me to fight against my old life as I worked to start on a new path. Find at least one person you can confide in and then lean on that person to help you fight your greatest inner battles.
- Pray. Your single most important relationship you will ever develop is with your Lord. The enemy will do anything to keep you from praying, because it opens a dialogue with God and only good can come from this activity. Praying is more than a ritual you do in the morning, before meals, or at night before you go to bed. It is something I recommend you do throughout the day. Get in the habit of praying to the Lord on anything and everything that comes in your heart. Pray when you are thankful, when you are upset, when you are afraid, or when you are not sure what to do next. Just learn to pray and God will answer. He always does without exception.
Sin is only as powerful as we allow it to be in our lives. It thrives in darkness, so learn to live in the light. Don’t beat yourself up when you stumble, just get back on your feet and close the gap in the gray areas of your life so the devil has nothing to work against you. What sinful areas in your life are you holding deep within your soul? Expose those areas and begin the process of healing and living the life the Lord has laid out for you and discover the peace that only comes from living in the light.