Day 13 – Take a Different Road

There is an old parable of a man who walks down a road and falls into a pit. The next day, he walks down the same road and falls into the same pit again. Frustrated, he tells himself that this time, he will be more careful. As he walks down the road again and approaches the pit, he slows his pace and walks more carefully. Now the road is narrow and the pit is wide, so as he goes by the pit, he hugs the building on the side. Nevertheless, some ground on the edge of the pit gives way, and to his great frustration, he falls in again. The next day, banged up and bruised from falling so many times, he is even more careful as he walks by the pit, and with great trepidation, he manages to walk past the pit without falling in. The next day, he decides that he will simply take a different road—and he makes it to his destination unscathed. 

If you are tired of falling, it’s time to stop trying to navigate around the pit, and instead, take a different road entirely. 

This is a key principle in your journey toward a free life. 

To walk in freedom, you need new thinking that is in line with the truth of God’s Word and not the lies of the enemy that keep us in bondage. That is a critical aspect of your journey to freedom—and recognize that it is a journey. It will not happen overnight. 

In the meantime, as your mind is being renewed and as you are learning to bring each and every thought into obedience to Christ, it’s very important that you set up the proper boundaries in your life. 

The Bible warns us,

 “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way” (Proverbs 4:14–15 NIV)

If you want to walk free from sin, you need to stay off the road that leads to it. Only you know your specific triggers—the things that spiral you down a dark road. It’s time to get honest about these things and cut them out of your life. 

For many of you, this will mean deleting certain apps from your phone, or even taking the Internet off your phone completely for a season. Many people also find it helpful to restrict their ability to install apps on their phone by making this a password-protected action, controlled by a good friend who will be an ally in their journey to freedom. It’s also helpful to install accountability software on all of your computers and devices so you can bring all of your screen activity into the light. For more on this, please reference the Porn Proof guide and take all recommended steps to protect yourself. 

The main thing I want you to take away is this: while you are renewing your mind, and even after, it’s prudent to take the appropriate actions to stay away from temptation. Scripture is clear that we are to flee sexual immorality—not see how close we can get to the line without crossing it. If you want to get free, you have to stop flirting with evil and start running from it.


Day 13 Freedom Work

Scripture Reading — Read Proverbs chapters 7 and 8 slowly and carefully, taking note of things the Holy Spirit highlights to you. 

Journaling Exercises — Answer the following questions at length in your journal. Aim to write for about 5-7 minutes per question:

  • What open doors to temptation do you still have in your life? If you are able to identify some, why have you kept these open? 
  • What steps do you need to take to fully cut off your access to porn? If there are some steps you need to take, why have you not taken them up until now? 
  • What actions would a fool take in your situation? What actions would a wise person take?

Prayer — Father, I am tired of falling into the pit. I ask that you reveal to me the areas of my life where I am continuing to live like a fool, and by your Spirit, lead me into wisdom. Show me how to truly flee from sexual immorality and how to not overestimate my own strength. I recognize that this is an area of my life where I cannot get free on my own, and I need help from you and others, as well as helpful boundaries. Teach me to steward my sexuality as one who is wise rather than to squander it as one who is foolish. You have given me sexuality as a gift, and I want to honor it as both sacred and holy. Show me how to do that. Amen.

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Dr. Joseph Serwadda's Story

Over the past decade, numerous pastors and leaders from all over the world have been crying out (and even begging us) for discipleship resources in their language. This may sound extreme, but in America we have an abundance of books and resources that are available to us that are often taken for granted. In many ways, we have access to excess.

In some developing nations, people have never seen a book in their language. When leaders from these nations are given a book, they treat it as sacred gift! They even hand-write books and Bibles word for word so that they can spread this message of hope to others in their sphere of influence.

Dr. Joseph Serwadda, a leader from Uganda who oversees a group of churches that number approximately 27,000, echoes this need among pastors and leaders all over the world: “Our biggest need is not money or bigger buildings, but solid teaching. We lack literature for people to read and study on their own. The more people we have in church who are less instructed in the Word of God, the less solidity we have. Come and help us preserve the harvest. This is a Macedonian call!”

Pastor Yassir's Story

Over the years, Cubans have long suffered under the oppression of a single message: communism. Despite this challenge, Yassir is committed to sharing a new message with his people, a message of transformation that can lead to national revival.

Cubans, in general, have been conditioned toward communistic consumption. That’s why Yassir wants his people to embrace a new identity: a life defined by what they can give. This shift requires growth and maturity that can only come through a new perspective.

He explained, “The Cuban church is strong and filled with passion. But I believe it’s important that we shift our mentality. We need to see how the Gospel goes beyond our own needs. Ultimately, we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our nation, and not just wait for outside intervention.”

There aren’t many Christian resources in Cuba. So, Pastor Yassir’s church, along with many other churches throughout Cuba, have been profoundly impacted by the resources Messenger International has provided for them in their own language.

In our conversations with Pastor Yassir, he often cited an ancient proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime. He sees MessengerX as a tool both to feed his people and teach them to fish.

It’s become evident that after many years in our ministry, the most effective way to transform a village or town is not to construct a church building. This just keeps the local leadership dependent on us.

We are much more effective if we give the indigenous leaders such as Pastor Yassir spiritual knowledge that will empower them to influence their village, town, or city. Such knowledge helps produce the faith needed to grow and sustain the work, which, if necessary, will include buildings and other resources.

Stories like Pastor Yassir’s fuel our mission, because we believe that everyone deserves to know life-transforming truth!

Nura's Story

Before Nura became a follower of Christ, her life was a living hell.
After the death of her husband—from whom she endured many years of abuse and suffering—she became a widow with four children. In search of peace and inner healing, she sought solace in religious places and practices, which only led her deeper into depression and financial debt.

Her last resort was Jesus.

“I came to the Christian church and begged for help! I accepted Christ after I heard of the promise of peace and healing that is found in Him,” Nura wrote. “I slowly began to recover, but there was one thing hindering my healing—unforgiveness.”
Filled with regrets, Nura struggled to forgive her husband. But the grip of offense began to weaken when her pastor handed her a copy of The Bait of Satan.

“I forgave my husband after I learned how much I, too, needed forgiveness,” shared Nura. “Now I am healed, and I have peace for the first time in my life. Some even say I look ten years younger!”


Pastor Raphael's Story

Pastor Raphael was raised in Kenya, immersed in a culture of darkness. As a child, he lacked affection because his father believed that strong men don’t show love. He continually witnessed his father beat and belittle his mother. Everywhere he looked, insidious behavior was practiced toward women and infants—families were being destroyed and lives were ending before they had a chance to begin.

This was the destiny Raphael was headed toward.

But everything changed when truth entered the scene. The first area to be transformed was Raphael’s heart—which, in turn, transformed his marriage and his family. And with a strong and healthy family, his whole outlook toward life has changed.

“Through the resources of Messenger International, a relentless passion was ignited in me to see the people of my country free from lies,” shared Raphael. “I discovered my purpose to train up others and bring God’s transforming truth to remote villages.”

Raphael has trekked miles through mud and rain to reach people, often rising early and returning late. He would travel over 50 miles a day with his bicycle—but through the generosity of the MessengerX community, he was given a motorcycle, which has enabled him to double his efforts while easily transporting the resources and supplies he needs to facilitate his classes. Raphael has seen over 200 of his students graduate in the villages he serves.

“Thank you for investing in my people,” expressed Raphael. “Each day tribal warriors are transformed into children of God, marriages are infused with love, and the innocent are protected. Your generosity has given us the tools we need to rewrite our story and reclaim our humanity.”

Dahlia's Story

Formerly a Muslim, Dahlia fled to Turkey after she was expelled from her Iranian school and excommunicated by her family. Her crime? Becoming a Christian.

You can now find Dahlia in a refugee camp, far from what she once called home. But despite the upheaval, she has found purpose in her pain. On a daily basis, Dahlia walks through her makeshift town and prays over the people. They have become her people—the audience of her message.

Dahlia has become a messenger, and she is often spotted lovingly serving those around her and sharing her faith with them. Despite language barriers, people are drawn to her because they see something different in her. And what’s amazing is that she’s not only reaching the people in her refugee camp, she’s also impacting those she left behind in Iran.

“I’ve had calls from Iran,” writes Dahlia. “People who mocked me because of my faith now believe in Jesus and want to know more. So, I tell them about MessengerX, which has a lot of translated discipleship resources.”

As we continue to provide people like Dahlia with life-transforming truth in their own language, we’re helping them grow in their faith and discover their purpose—and we’re equipping them to make a difference in their world.

“I am beyond thankful for all of the books that I’ve been able to read in my language, such as Driven by Eternity, translated in Farsi,” shared Dahlia. “I read them again and again. The messages keep me company in this lonely season, and they inspire me to reveal Jesus to the hurting people all around me.”