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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flee and he will flee

I have had a sentence stuck in my head for days (And I know it is a word for somebody). It is something like this:

Flee from any person, place, or thing that is causing temptation.

We are told a few things that we need to absolutely flee in the word of God. Why these things? Well, I certainly think it is because we will get sucked in and it is harder to take the way of escape so we are to run like crazy from them.

1. Flee from sexual immorality
There is no room for playing here because once you get in a heated situation and your emotions begin to lie to your mind, the sinful nature totally takes over you can jump wide into a pit.

2. Flee from idolatry. Anything that is taking the place of God in our lives. It could be a person. It could be shopping, an addiction of any manner, the love of money and on and on. You can fill in your own blank here. If we are not in submission to God we are really idolaters because we are setting ourselves in opposition to God in sort of a wrestling match. God will always win but unfortunately as we continue on our own path we may suffer grievous pain. I know. God is for us. We sure don't want to submit to the devil. He is out to completely destroy you with his agenda. We have to be aware of his schemes and listen to the still small voice when we are being convicted.

3. Flee the evil desires of youth. Let's face it we have all done some really stupid stuff along the way. Especially me. We need to grow up in our walk with the Lord and continue to mature in wisdom. Besides the things that we have done in the past that are plain foolish have only brought us shame. I don't want to be the dog returning to the vomit of her youth. I think we have all seen a dog throw up and then go back and eat their throw up. It is a gross sight to behold.

Finally, as we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us. We go around wondering why we can't get the victory when we are not doing what God's word says in these areas. We are not running from these things. I really don't need to use the word "we" because I know some of you are getting the victory. This whole simple concept of my sentence at the top has really got me thinking about all of my decisions and whether or not I have peace with God. It is causing me to question my obedience to Him. Maybe it will help you as well as we seek to rid ourselves, with the power of the Holy Spirit, from what is keeping us entrenched in sin.

Finally, lets just confess our past failures and start afresh today with new mercies. He loves you so!


1 Corinthians 6:18 (New International Version)
18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

1 Corinthians 10:14 (New International Version)
Idol Feasts and the Lord's Supper 14Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.

2 Timothy 2:21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.



James 4:7 (New International Version)
7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

6 comments:

fuzzytop said...

Hi Jenny,

Great post...! I like the exhortation to flee - much stronger than saying "avoid these things". There is safety in removing ourselves so far from these pits so that we can avoid falling in. I think we often dance around the edges of immorality and idolatry, thinking we can keep ourselves out of trouble, and before you know it, we find ourselves in a pit.

Hugs,
Adrienne

michellemabell said...

Jenny,

I love reading through your blog.

I rememeber the first thing I read that you wrote on the LPM blog about how when you were putting oil on your forhead and how even if you had a reaction, at least it would be in the shape of a cross. Or something like that, anyway it made me laugh out loud.

But today I want to thank you, because I needed this word. I knew it but just needed the reminder, the smack on the head.
Thank you.

Blessings,

Michelle

Laura said...

Jenny,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Today I have been under attack from you know WHO and well I read your blog and I was so reminded to get on my knees. We are not fighting against flesh and blood but we are in a battle.

Thanks again for the reminder. GOD IS SO GOOD>

Anonymous said...

really been encouraged by your blog! Keep up the good work. God is really using you to bless others like me! Thanks, amy

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Cindy said...

This is a great post Jenny.

Keep encouraging young people and all people to flee from evil and cling to God.

Blessings, Cindy