Dirty Little Secret
So we continued our talk on temptation on Wednesday night. We talked about how we hide our temptations from others sometimes. We talked about how we make our temptations our dirty little secret. We don't want others to know.
But that is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to hide our temptations in the shadows. If no one knows about them then we don't have to worry about people thinking less of us. After all, I am the only one who has battles with this issue, right? Wrong! The enemy knows that if you keep your dirty little secret hidden away that he can keep tempting you. He knows that if no one knows your struggle it is easier for you to fall. He wants you to believe that others will be judgmental and that no one struggles in the way that you do. This is exactly opposite of Scripture which says:
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)
Nothing we come up against is new. There are people struggling in the same areas that we struggle every day. One of the ways of escape God gives us is accountability. Telling others. Sharing life. I would rather be on a 5 mile hike, dying of thirst and not sure where I am going but with a group of friends, than in a cave alone with my arm crushed under a rock not knowing if anyone could ever help me.Wouldn't you?
Don't let Satan convince you that your dirty little secret should stay that way. Find hope, forgiveness and strength in sharing your journey with others.
Here is a resource for parents. This is a great book to help you start devotions with your teens.