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On a regular basis, a close brother in Christ asks me two questions: 1.) Are you being faithful to your wife? And 2.) Are you lying to me?" If I lie on the first question, I have to lie on the second. Accountability is a powerful weapon to utilize in your Christian walk for several reasons.

First, we would be fools to believe we could never fall prey to disastrous temptation. It’s often easy to sit back and accuse other believers of plagiarism, egotism, deceit, but we must remember that we, too, are merely human. If we do not admit "but for the grace of God, there go I,” we are making a big mistake. An accountability partner can help ensure that we don’t fall the way others have.

Second, I firmly believe that the best defense is a good offense. Revelation 12:10 calls Satan an "accuser of our brethren." Satan will work overtime to find some weakness in our armor where he can pierce through to weaken us. Someone who knows our strengths and weaknesses helps us keep on alert.

Finally, remember that those who begin well don't always end well. Having long-term accountability (not just for a year or two) can make a marked difference. The questions may change as our responsibilities and pressures grow, but if we want to stand before the Lord and hear Him say, "Well done,” a solid accountability partner is a necessity.

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