My study of spiritual warfare over the years has reminded me that a supernatural enemy is out to destroy us as Christians and church leaders, regardless of our role. Dr. Bill Cook of Southern Seminary and I have written a book coming out in November titled Spiritual Warfare in the Storyline of Scripture: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach, and we address this issue in a final chapter.
Here are some questions to ask to help you avoid a fall:
- Am I so amazed by Jesus and so in love with Him that the thought of betraying Him is agonizing? Even the thought of betrayal ought to bring us to tears.
- Do I have such a sweetheart love for my spouse and such a deep commitment to my marriage that I will do whatever it takes to protect our relationship? When you live under this privilege and joy, you'll fight hard not to let yourself get emotionally or physically attracted to anyone else.
- Have I taken every step I can to avoid the attraction of pornography? I wish I didn't have to include this question, but I've seen too many leaders fall into this trap.
- Am I often physically, emotionally and spiritually tired? Like with the disciples on the Mount of Olives, emotional and physical fatigue leads to sleep when we should be praying, apathy when we should be watching and defeat when we should be living in victory.
- Am I clinging to Jesus in such a way that nothing can wedge its way into my life? That means longing for Him, communing with Him in prayer, listening to Him through His Word, obeying Him and telling others about Him.
Here are some other posts that speak to this issue as well:
I pray these posts are helpful to you. Would you please pray for me and for all of our readers today who want to finish well?
Chuck Lawless is dean of doctoral studies and vice president of spiritual formation and ministry centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he also serves as professor of evangelism and missions. In addition, he is team leader for theological education strategists for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
For the original article, visit chucklawless.com.
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