Holiness Down Here – Campfire Candor
Key Bible Verse: Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. – Romans 6: 13
Bonus Reading: Romans 6: 1-14
Twenty close friends spent an unforgettable week fishing remote rivers by day and clustered around a campfire with opened Bibles by night. On Thursday evening, I asked the men if any had experienced a real breakthrough in one part of his life—where they used to sin “big time” and now no longer do so. There was silence as someone threw a fresh log on the fire.
Then one man said, “I guess I can begin. I used to really love money. Money ruled my life—and it nearly destroyed my family and children. I was obsessed.
Then God began breaking through about money being my god and me worshipping it more than Him. For about six months the Lord put me through the wringer until I finally broke and confessed my heart of covetousness.
Now I love to give money away! I can honestly say that I’m a different person than I used to be—I don’t love money anymore. It’s great!”
I noticed at least six men looking down at the fire nearly the whole time he shared. Why? Well, I knew all of them well, and none of those six could yet say he was free from the love of money.
—Bruce Wilkinson in Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness
My Response: An area in which God is putting me “through the wringer” is…
Thought to Apply: The world and the cross do not get along too well together, and comfort and holiness do not share the same room.
Adapted from “Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness” (Multnomah, 2003)