Difficult as it may be, accountability brings growth! As we finish looking at principles that help conquer destructive habits, let’s review what we have looked at already:
 Engraft scripture into your life and make it personal
 Importance of mental state: Reckon sin powerless
 Remove temptations
 Understand how sin works!
As I stated before – this principle is the cement to your commitment toward victory. We were created to live in community, not on a deserted island. Accountability should not be a stranger to us. Many say they want to be free, but they bring question to that commitment because they refuse this principle.
Romans 15:14 And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Nothing brings a greater sense of ownership to a commitment to see victory over a destructive habit, than bringing members of the family into that decision. They will remove rationalizations and excuses. They will bring encouragement and prayer to the battle with you. If you have no one close enough to you to keep you accountable, that is a testimony to lack of discipleship.
This only comes by spending time in fellowship with Him. In everything we do, we can fellowship with Him. Obviously, prayer and reading the Word are essential, but there is much more than that. If we become friends with the Spirit of God, we will develop the proper sensitivity to hear Him. He will warn us of danger when it comes to habits, and He will bring to our mind the Scriptures we have stored and will show us how to use them in our battle.
1 Cor. 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Romans 8:15-17 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
In closing, it is very important that we keep our eye on the real issue. It is not really about us – it is about Him! Do we shame Him?
This becomes a very powerful motivator…our love for Christ and His name!
Meditation Questions: Is there anyone in your life that holds you accountable? If so, are you really letting them in? If not, why? Do you think it is easier to fight a battle alone or with help? When was the last time you talked with someone about habits and failures in your life? How would you describe your relationship with the Holy Spirit? What does an average day with the Holy Spirit look like? What could you do to make it look better?