"iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy praise]" [Prov. 27:17 AMP]
Greek mythology includes a legend of the great and powerful Achilles, which is worthy of our reflections today. According to the Legend of Achilles, when Achilles was a baby, his mother, Thesis, dipped him into the magical River Styx (a river that supposedly offered powers of invincibility) in hopes to make her son immortal and invincible. While he was being dipped, however, his heel did not get bathed by these waters because his mother was holding him by the heel. As a grown adult, who'd had a great track record as a decorated and mighty warrior, he was shot with an arrow to his heel and died instantly. His heel had been his most vulnerable spot.
To this day, we have referred to this legend of Achilles and his heel in a metaphorical way (rather than literally), to describe an individual's "deadly weakness in spite of overall strength that can actually lead to a downfall" [ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles'_heel ]. Simply put, our Achilles' heel is that weak and vulnerable part of our characters that can lead us to sin and ultimately cause death in parts of our lives (or worse, literal death).
- Be sure you did your "inventory" (suggested earlier this week), and have a solid "inner circle" of believers.
- Put down your pride and fear, in order to admit your weakness or sins to a trusted person who will pray for you and support you in the Word.
- Pray for yourself and believe that "whom the Son set free is free indeed." With prayer, God's help, and through the results of Christ's death and resurrection, you CAN be free from whatever is entangling you. [John 8:36]
- Finally, "Submit yourselves , then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." [James 4:7]
Protect Yourselves From Getting An Arrow to Your Achilles' Heel...
Let Your Inner Circle Get Your Back!