The Devil Is Waiting In The Gray Areas Of Your Life


The Devil Is Waiting In The Gray Areas Of Your Life

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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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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6 comments

  1. Hi Erick, after reading this beautiful message, I truly believe you are missing your call. You have such a great way of expressing yourself, and God’s word. I think you should have been a minister!! Have you ever considered that? Is it too late? David went through much in the Bible before he became King, as God wanted. I know you must think I’m silly, but I sure see it in you! You are an encourager, that is for sure! God bless!

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    1. Wow Joyce, thanks for the kind words. That is high praise, I appreciate it very much. I’ve not put much thought in to being a minister, but I do have a ministry in my own way. I’m learning and growing every day, and I fail everyday as well. I just try to express what I’m learning and hope that helps a few folks along the way. I appreciate you, thanks for reading and interacting!

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  2. Great truth spoken. Well done sir!!

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    1. Thanks, Pastor Tim, that retreat was made possible by you. Thanks for putting it together and providing resources to the men of Genesis Church.

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  3. Erick, I believe I have just heard from the heart and spirit of the authentic Erick Rheam.

    You have so much good information to share on so many different areas of life and you can speed through the material as you share it because it is information that is part of you.

    However, as I read this post today, I imagine that you are speaking at a slow…, quiet…, thoughtful… and purposeful gate, so that you listeners can soak in every word; words that come from the Author of Life; that point them to the Savior of all who will be saved, and to the Teacher of all who will be taught; pointing them to the One who knows the ways of Life, because He, and His Father, God, and the Holy Spirit, Three in One and in full unity with Each Other, created life and set it’s purposes and blessings in place and set it within our grasp, because They love us. Father said “Choose this day whom you will serve.” and “Today I set before you life and death, blessings and curses,…” and Father’s heart said, (I think with tears in His eyes) “please…, please…, please… choose life and relationship with Me and I will give you abundant life…, peace, joy, hope, and so much more. Now I hear your heart, Erick, sharing what Jesus shares, and it makes me glad, and it makes God glad, and it will make those around you glad.

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    1. Powerful words, Bob, thank you! I’m on a beautiful journey and having great friends like you walking with me is truly comforting! I appreciate you!

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