Overcoming through Accountability


by Joanna Eccles


I had one sin that crippled me for years. I shoved it into the deepest corner of my heart so no one would know my shame. Satan used that guilt to keep me entrenched in sin. I remember sobbing by my bed, begging God to rid me of the pain. I didn’t know what to do. God showed me that surfacing sin is one of the surest ways to strangle its grip on my life. When I finally confessed it, the stronghold broke, releasing the sin’s hold on me.


First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NKJV). From this verse, I knew that God had the ultimate power of forgiveness. However, even though I’d confessed my sin and been forgiven, I still didn’t feel like I was maintaining the victory.


Then I got an accountability partner. I discovered that beyond confessing our sins to God, real freedom can be found in confessing our sins to other believers. While Catholics have confessing to a priest ingrained into their culture, my Protestant background left out that aspect of Christian life. Nonetheless, the concept is very biblical. James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (NKJV). This verse didn’t mean that I should start telling everyone everything that I’d done wrong. Instead, I read it as an instruction to confess my sins to a Christian friend who’d ask me hard questions about my thoughts and actions.

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A New Release: Breaking the Chains


I was chained. You wouldn’t have been able to hear clanging links as I walked by, or see the chain that was metaphorically wrapped around my heart and mind. But for years, I struggled with chains of my own making. When I realized that they were hindering my walk with God, I wanted to be free. I just wasn’t sure how to do it.

Have you been there? Even children of God battle bad habits or detrimental ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus died to set us free from sin’s power in our lives, but we can still walk hindered. We can let fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and so forth hinder what God wants to do in our lives and how we relate to Him and other people. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can break free and stay free. The strategies to do it are in our new book.  

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Breaking the Chains: Overcoming Legalism

Racing in a potato sack is an awkward feeling. Any burst of energy and a zeal to win must be harnessed, because if you try to run in a potato sack … splat. Down you go.  

At Field Day in elementary school, I learned what it felt like to move hindered. Bound. It wasn’t possible to run free like the wind. If I moved forward, I had to hold the potato sack at my waist and hop. And if I fell, I went down confined in my sack. Claustrophobic. I couldn’t wait to get out of that sack.

When we hold on to legalism, we move through life hindered. Bound. Our hearts may find security in adhering to rules, but we miss out on the freedom of focusing on a relationship with God. When we operate in life like God intended His children to, we can run like the wind. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Escaping the Rut

Bad habits are like deep ruts that are hard to get out of. As we navigate our way through life, we may find ourselves traveling in an inescapable rut. Ruts can ruin our godliness, our relationships, and our spiritual health and strength. They can damage our joy, peace, and even our sanity. The more we say yes to these bad habits, the deeper the rut becomes. So how can we break free?

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Pride’s Dirty Little Trick

by Josie Siler

Pride has a dirty little trick up its sleeve.

Sneaky. That’s what it is; it’s a sneaky little beast that is hard to kill, especially when we’re unaware of its existence!

Pride can start out good. We can be proud of ourselves for overcoming a fear. We can take pride in a job well done. We can even be proud of resisting sin. These are all good things. So where does the danger lie? ...

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Silencing Guilt

She walked into the house, desperate to find Jesus. Her life had been filled with sin, guilt, and shame. The haunting melody of guilt had followed her, had crept into her soul. But she heard Jesus sing a different song, one of mercy and forgiveness. His words taught that it was possible to turn from sin and receive God’s forgiveness. His actions showed that He cared for everyone, even a sinner like her. She understood the gospel and craved its mercy. She accepted the truth and turned from her lifestyle of sin and heartache. So she had to find Him.

This woman wanted to thank Jesus and show just how much she loved Him and the restoration He gave. When she found Jesus in the house, she didn’t even approach His face, but knelt at His feet and wept. Her anguished soul found hope in the Savior. She dried His feet with her hair and anointed them with oil, costly oil bought with the money she had gained from her sinful, miserable lifestyle. This was her gift of love to Him, but not everyone understood it. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear

It stood tall and red in my dream. I backed away from the red monster and tried to get away, but the white room offered no way of escape—no doors, no windows. As my fear of the monster grew, he grew taller and scarier.

Then it hit me. “This is my dream. I don’t have to be scared of you!”

The moment I said that, he started shrinking till he was just a red puddle on the floor. I stood above him, amazed that I had been afraid of something so puny. My fear of him gave him power over me, but in reality—or in my dream—he was nothing more than a red blob.

The more power we give to fear, the taller and scarier it grows in our lives. The more we say yes to it, the tighter its grip on us becomes. But God didn’t intend for fear to be our reality—not the kind of fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from living life to the fullest with Him. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: A New Series on Overcoming Spiritual Bondage

Our spiritual enemies abound. The great enemy of our souls—Satan—seeks to bring us into spiritual bondage. He can’t take away our salvation, so he wants to make our daily lives with God miserable, joy-less, and ineffective. We can’t let him. Too many adventures await us with God. Too many people need to know His love and truth. Too much is at stake.

Not only do we have enemies without, but we have enemies within. Regrets, haunting memories, emotional turmoil, and the flesh. Yet in Christ, we can be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). But what does that look like?

 

 

 

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