READ: 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14
- Flee is a perfectly good verb for use with the Evil One. It might even be one of a subset of actions under resist the Evil One. We resist the Evil One by refusing to succumb to his tempting voices. We resist by refusing to listen to his accusatory voice. We actually carry out resistance by fleeing the evil that is so tied to his character in Scripture. But we are not fleeing him, we are fleeing the actions, attitudes and thoughts in which he would entangle us.
- This word, flee, is used to describe when the enemies fled from God’s people. It’s used to describe the actions of the disciples after Jesus was arrested. It’s even used when God tells Jesus’ family to go to Egypt. Flee is simply to run, escape, get out of Dodge, cut and run, vamoose, or hightail it.
- Fleeing may sound like it lacks courage; in fact, it would be the primary means of defeating our enemy. To linger around the longings, to toy with the temptations, to play with the possibilities, all will lead to disappointment. We must learn to turn our back on evil and get as far from it as possible. That doesn’t mean fleeing from evil/sinful people. We surround them with our presence. But when it comes to sinful behavior, thoughts, or attitudes…we’re out.
- Why is it so hard to run from temptation?
- In what ways do we find ourselves lingering near sin?
- How do we run from evil and yet not alienate the sinful?
PRAY: Ask God to help you recognize the Adversary’s advances. Commit to running from evil whenever and wherever you see it. Pray that we can all faithfully follow Jesus.