Accountability

Accountability

A few years ago when I lived in Wisconsin, my relationship with God was in rough shape. Essentially, I was fat and lazy. Around this time, I met a small group of men who were serious about their relationship with God. They were engaged and dedicated and it captured my attention. One of the men was right about my age and also worked in IT. He was, and still is, a huge encouragement to me. We had a lot in common, but what really helped me was that I finally had a friend who understood many of my issues. This group of men began to meet on Monday mornings to pray and encourage each other and to begin being accountable. It was the first time in my life I had a group of men that I could be honest and open with. Initially, I wasn’t open or honest about my deep struggles with sin. It took some time, but eventually I found that sharing my struggles was such a relief. The encouragement and prayer support was just what I needed to get out from my spiritual funk. tells us, “Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” For many years I had struggled with pornography, I was finally in a setting where I could get the support and accountability I needed to stay victorious. Despite my nervousness about the kind of response I would receive, I admitted my weakness and sin to the men in the group. The men responded to my confession with exactly what I needed; prayer, encouragement and accountability. I finally realized I could not do this alone; I needed partners to help me be accountable and victorious. I have reached out many times to this group of men when I was in need of help from a brother for “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him- a threefold cord is not quickly broken ().” My accountability network has increased and I am always looking to add to the group of men to partner with in the battle against sin.

Earlier in the year I wrote a blog about changes and getting serious about my time with God. I now have a two pronged attack to stay victorious against sin and my propensity towards porn. The first line of attack is being in God’s Word daily. Yes, I mean daily! 7 days every week. This is critical in the battle to be victorious against sin. Being in God’s Word here and there, doesn’t cut it. It needs to be every single day. Find a time that you can guard, be consistent with and go one on one with our gracious, sovereign God. The second part is investing in accountability relationships. It is vital to have people that can speak into my life with truth and honesty about faith to stay victorious against sin. I was not successful going at my sin alone. I needed help; I still do. Being in God’s Word daily and having accountability relationships are key factors in being victorious against sin in our lives. encourages us to do this very thing, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If there is known sin in your life, confess it and repent! Then work to be in a relationship that keeps you accountable. As believers in Christ, we need to get serious about sin! Why not begin today?

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (ESV)

6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (ESV)

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