What is your most besetting sin? Things that we find repulsive aren’t tempting to us. The enemy and his demonic forces typically do not get at us in ways that are diametrically opposed to what we value. They work to get at us in certain passions and desires within us and steer us off course just a few degrees. So we need to be on guard to the sin patterns of our lives. And so often they relate to our areas of passion. The areas where we are gifted are also areas where we are vulnerable.
Home-run hitters often strike out. They love to swing at pitches with power and sometimes fail to use good discretion. A person who loves to talk with others, can be prone to gossip. People who like to do things on the spur of the moment can struggle with controlling their impulsiveness. People who like to see the glass as half full and have a positive outlook on life can fall to denial. Some people are thinkers and love to study and that’s a good thing. But they can be vulnerable to pride and withdrawing from relationships. Perfectionists can do things very well and give their very best to a task. But they can also be prideful and condemning of others. Artistic people often love to show beauty and the goodness of imagination and seeing things differently. But they can see self-expression as an end in itself and not consider the moral ramifications of self-expression.
Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” Earlier in the book he encouraged believers to remember that we aren’t guarding ourselves alone. In 1:5 he spoke of Christians, “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” We need to know our point(s) of weakness and ask God to guard us and keep us on guard.