Friday, 7 March 2014

Our Achilles Heel

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Ephesians 5:3

An Achilles heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall.  Satan knows the most effective Achilles heels of mankind and is so clever in bringing us down.

The derivation of the term “Achilles heel” comes from Greek mythology. Supposedly Achilles was a baby, whose future was bleak.  It was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But as his mother held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly after.

I suspect that most of us have an Achilles Heel, some seemingly less harmful than others.  To what purpose does Satan exploit my Achilles Heel and yours?  He wants us to turn from our dependence on God, he wants to destroy our witness by tempting us with behaviors that are not consistent with our beliefs and values as Christians.

In my opinion there is no temptation that is more pervasive and dangerous than pornography.  It is a multi-billion dollar industry.  The most likely targets are children age’s nine to twelve.  It is destroying marriages and families.  Once the haven of men, now forty percent of women are viewing images, reading erotic novels or are in sexually flirtatious chat rooms.

This insidious addiction is as controlling as cocaine.  Praying for God to give us victory over this addiction is a must but rarely will God deliver us instantaneously.  We need filters on every electronic device, we need counseling, and we need a support group and an accountability partner who is not our spouse.

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1Corinthians 10:13

As parents and grandparents be vigilant.  As a husband or wife don’t be na├»ve.  Don’t ask your spouse if they are involved in porn because they will either lie to you, which is what most addicts do, or they will tell you the truth and you will be devastated.  Learn as much as you can about the addiction because someone you care about is its slave.

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