READ: 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Co 6:18; 10:14
- While we may not be told to run from the Evil One, we are clearly told to run from evil. We should do all in our power to avoid allowing evil into our lives. We are commanded to flee from youthful passion, from idolatry, and from sexual immorality. We are to run from the evil that could entangle us and hold us captive to sin.
- Running is not always a sign of cowardice. It is often a sign of wisdom. People often play on the edges of trouble. We seem to be oblivious to the dangers. It’s almost as if we’d like to tempt fate to see if we might really fall. Unfortunately, in life, there are often times you only get to make one mistake. Some consequences are permanent and irreversible.
- All believers have to come to the place where they recognize the work of the Evil One and know when it’s time to hightail it. Pride cannot be allowed to interfere. We can’t worry about the potential name calling or teasing we might receive. We have to have the courage necessary to face the jeers so we can avoid being entrapped by sin. Until we are ready for that, we are going to be vulnerable in ways we shouldn’t be.
- What is the last temptation from which you ran?
- What prevents you from more diligently trying to avoid evil?
- Relate a time when you (or someone you know) played too close to the fire.
PRAY: Thank God for His ongoing mercy and grace. Pray for the courage to run. Pray for the wisdom to know from what to run.