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The sixth of seven devotionals on the subject.

Jacob Ninan

Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand - Prov.6:5

Do you feel as if you are trapped in a situation that you canít get out of? Perhaps it is a relationship you know you shouldnít be in, or a habit such as watching porn. You know it is not going to be good for you in the end. But perhaps you are struggling and still not able to get out.

Even though it may sound like a clichť, it is still true that Jesus has come to set us free and to give an abundant life. We donít have to settle for anything less. The crucial step is to decide to quit. You remember Jesus asking the man lying near the pool waiting for the water to move? The question is, "Do you want (to be healed)?" Actually, once you think in terms of Godís view on the matter, there is no other option but to quit.

Moving out of the situation may need some drastic measures. The process may be painful, and it may leave some scars, but in the end you will have freedom. There may be several practical questions connected with this process, and it helps if you have someone to stand with you and support you with prayer and guidance. There can also be steps you need to take to prevent a fall in future.

Confessing our sins and turning to God will surely restore our relationship with God. Think of the example of David, in particular, who still holds the name of a man after Godís own heart. But there are many lessons to learn. Understanding how you fell and the particular weaknesses you have will help you to protect yourself in future. He who has been forgiven much loves God much, and God may even use you in future to help others going through the same process.

Lord, I confess my sin to You, and ask You to forgive me. Oh Lord, I need You to help me to come out of this mess I am in, and to be restored to You.

Playing with fire
A storm building up
The chemistry of infatuation
Playing into circumstances
Onslaught through the media
Get out of the trap!
Flee from temptation

Published in Management Devotional - Biblical insights for daily work life, Christian Institute of Management.

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