Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
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.
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32
Every person has had the problem of failing at something at some point in their life. They set a goal for something, but was unable to attain it for some unknown or known reason, thus failed.
Failure is something that no one really wants to go through. It means that one was unable to accomplish something and fell short in his abilities. One often feels worthless and useless in light of failures.
As Jesus is preparing for His arrest and death, He tells Simon that He is praying that his faith does not fail. He adds that when he, Simon, returns from his faith failing, he is to strengthen his brothers.
It is common for people who go through some type of failure to want to give up and quit. They feel as if they cannot do it and no longer want to try.
Every person will fail, if for no other reason than that each person has faults to overcome. No believer is exempt from this either, but will have times in which his faith fails and he really doesn’t trust God as he should.
Instead of giving up and quitting, the true believer will get up and move forward with God after a failure. That failure can be used to strengthen and teach others what to look for and what not to do.
In every failure there are some things that led up to that failure that could have been avoided. When a believer returns to God after failing God, he can use what he has learned to strengthen and train others on how to avoid failing God.
There will be times that you will fail in your walk with God. You will let your faith go and fear to override. You will step into sin, rather than trusting God.
It will hurt you when you fail and cause you to want to quit. Rather than quitting, allow God to pick you up and move forward.
Once you are picked back up and restored to God, allow God to use your failures to His glory. Show others where you went wrong and how they can avoid making the same mistake and failing God. Build others up by being real, rather than hiding your shame of failure.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will never fail; that you will walk with God in all your ways; that you will allow God to use your failure to build others up; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy towards you in times of your failing.
So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:3-4
Many people in the world look for ways to get revenge against someone who did them wrong. They do not seek reasons to forgive, but to punish.
People feel as if they have the right to get vengeance for things done wrong. The more the punishment, the more pleased they are.
Jesus tells the people to be willing to forgive someone. If a person sins, he is to be rebuked, then if he repents, he is to be forgiven, regardless of how many times he sins in a day.
Forgiving someone is something many people in the church struggle with doing. They will act as the world does in wanting a person punished rather than forgiven.
It begins when a person sins or hurts one and that person does not reach out to point out what occurred. The one who did wrong is not given a chance to repent, and then when he does repent, he is often not forgiven. Just like the world, many seek vengeance rather than forgiveness.
Every believer must remember how many times Jesus has already forgiven them for all their sins against Him. God never turns away or rebukes someone who has repented, He forgives immediately.
If Jesus is willing to forgive, every believer must be willing to forgive those who repent of doing something wrong. Only if a person does not repent, does a believer not have to forgive.
Forgiving someone shows God’s love to that person and to others watching. It is revealing who God and what He is like.
Just like Jesus was sinned against, there have been people who have sinned against you. Be willing to go to that person and point out what was done wrong. Give the person a chance to repent, just as God gives you opportunities to repent.
If the person repents, then be willing to forgive them, just as Jesus has forgiven you. Do not hold on to bitterness, anger and vengeance against someone, but release it to God.
Remember how many times God has already forgiven you and will continue to forgive you when you repent. Do the same to others.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to confront those who have harmed you; that you will have God’s love to forgive those who repent; and that you will be a testimony of God’s love and forgiveness to others.