Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
Date: 2019
Pages: 250

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

One of the most common struggles that men have, both in the church and outside the church is with sexual sins. The author begins the book describing his life experiences on how he was muzzled by Satan with sexual sins. He reveals how it started out with just some thoughts and later led to actions.

Shelton calls it a muzzling, because when a Christian man falls into sexual sin, he does not want to talk about it or even admit it to anyone. Satan holds him captive to the sin.

Once this sin is admitted, he shows what the Bible says on how to get away from it. He points out how God always makes a way to get away from sexual temptations, but that a person must be willing to accept and choose that path. In the process of choosing God’s path, it takes the muzzle off of the man and allows him to talk about it and change, rejecting the temptations.

The acronym that he uses to help one remember the steps is: S.A.F.E. Stay away. Flee. Escape.

One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is the amount he uses scriptures for all of his points and calls to action. Not only does he use scripture, but he applies it to every day life of most people.

Shelton is a husband and father who has struggled with sexual sin to an extreme degree, but has been set free by the power of God’s word and Holy Spirit guiding him. His desire is to set other men free from being muzzled by Satan with this sin.

This book is a simple read, without any high level, college speaking. He asks many questions and calls for action in each chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages, so it makes for short time to read a chapter and give you time to think and act on what you read.

Whether you struggle with this sin or not, I highly suggest reading it. It can help you overcome it, if you struggle, or it can help you help someone else that is struggling with this sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 Always A Way Out

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Every person deals with personal desires that they often should not have. In each and every case they have a choice to make as to whether to follow those desires or not.

Most often people give into those desires or temptations, because in their heart that is what they really want. After giving in, many will blame others or that the temptation was too great for them to turn it down.

Paul points out that all temptations are common to all people. He also points out that God will always make a way to get out of the temptation.

Just as the world will fall into temptations to do the wrong thing, many believers also give into temptations. They will often say that it was just too much for them to turn away from the temptation.

Although this may be true about the non-believer, it is not true for the believer. Every time that a believer is tempted, all one needs to do is to look to God for guidance and strength.

God does not want any believer to ever sin in any way. With this desire in His heart, He always makes a way that the believer can take in order to get out from under that temptation.

The most basic and simple ways to avoid the temptation are to flee it, begin to worship God, pray, read God’s word and go and be His witness. In other words, the believer must do what God has called him to do. Doing these things removes the power and desire of the temptation.

You are not alone in being tempted. There is nothing that you are tempted with that is not common for others. Every time that a temptation comes your way, and it will, refocus your attention upon God.

Do not give in to the temptation, causing you to sin against God. Allow God to guide you away from that temptation. The more you turn down a temptation, the easier it becomes to turn it down.

God is faithful and will always open a door to getting away from every temptation. Be willing to take that door out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for guidance in walking His path for you; that you will flee all temptation; and that you will see the door God provides to getting out of temptation to sin against Him.

John 10:5 Whose Voice Do You Recognize And Follow?

But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. John 10:5

All over the world there are billions of people with a voice. Each one has something to say. Some will have many volumes to say, while others will have very little to say.

People will here all these voices and what is being said. However, with all the voices talking at once, many get confused as to who they should listen to. The voices are often in conflict with each other, so people try to listen to only those they know.

Jesus pointed out that sheep will run away from anyone that they do not recognize the voice of.

Believers are God’s sheep in this world. At some point in their lives, each one has heard God’s voice and learned to recognize and follow it.

However, because they are still in this world, many have become friends with this world. Now they recognize the voices of this world and have begun to follow those voices, rather than follow only God’s voice.

In doing this, sin has been allowed to creep into their lives and become acceptable. Rather than fleeing the false lies of this fallen world, they have embraced them as truth.

One who is truly following God and seeking after Him will recognize His voice and follow it only. They will refuse to allow themselves to become familiar with the voices of this world, the voices of strangers intent on bringing about death and destroying one’s witness.

The only way a believer can know God’s voice is to spend time reading and studying the bible and spending time talking and listening to God, rather than becoming friend’s with this world.

As a believer, both God and this world has something to tell you. One will bring life, while the other will only bring about death. Keep your focus of listening upon God so closely that you will always recognize His voice, even in the middle of a loud crowd of voices.

Do not allow yourself to become familiar with the voices of this world and be led astray, away from God. Live your life for God and for God alone.

Flee all sin and voices that will lead you into sin. Run to God’s voice, so that you will have life, abundant life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that God will give you strength to flee lying voices; and that you will follow God above all else in your life.

Jonah 1:3 Running From God’s Call

Fleeing

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. Jonah 1:3 

It is very common for people to run away from a troubling or difficult situation. They do not want to go into something difficult.

Many leaders hate the idea of having to confront someone for doing something wrong. It makes them uncomfortable and so they try to ignore, hoping it will go away. Sometimes the situation does go away, but often it only gets bigger and causes greater problems.

God had called Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh to warn them of their wickedness. Instead of going, Jonah chose to run the opposite direction trying to flee from God and His call upon his life.

One area that many try to flee is God’s call upon their lives. Some it is the call to live for God. They refuse to believe in and follow God, regardless of what they are told or shown. They want to follow the ways of this world.

Others have chosen to believe in God, but then refuse to obey God and do or go where He guides them. Many feel that if they can run hard enough, long enough that God will forget about the calling and leave them alone.

Some will completely leave the church and live as the world does. Others will continue to claim to believe in God and serve Him, but live as they want, fleeing His calling.

The calling of God may be to some other nation, but often it is to be a witness to a neighbor or some person one is passing by during the day. One cannot outrun God, because God is already there and striving to reach the person.

You may or may not be trying to ignore God’s call to you. God has a work for you to do that only you can do because you are the only you that is on this earth. As a believer it is your job and responsibility to be God’s witness and obey His every command, both the written commands and the commands to go and do.

Do not try to flee from God’s call. Embrace it and trust He knows what is best. See what God can do in and through you as you obey His call.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s call in your life; that you will obey God’s call in your life; that if you have run from God, you will return to Him; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.