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Flee

Friday, July 03, 2020

Flee. July 03 2020.


“ Flee sexual immorality: Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18.

1 Corinthians 10:13

The English word “flee” occurs 81 times in the physical contexts in the Old Testament, most of them having to do with escaping with one’s life in the midst of conflict. In the more spiritually focused New Testament flee only occurs
14 times, but it loses none of the Old Testament urgency; run for your life, flee the enemy, escape while you can. Therefore, when Paul tells the Corinthians to flee sexual immorality he was being extremely serious. In the same way that we flee things that can hurt us, we should flee sexual immorality. Normally we flee from an external force that might come up against us. In the case of sexual immorality we are fleeing the possibility of hurting ourselves. Who would want to harm themselves? Moreover, our bodies are not our own, it is a sanctuary for God’s Holy Spirit. So not only do we sin against ourselves with sexual immorality, we sin against God within us. Thankfully, God provides a way of escape from the temptation to sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13. When we are tempted, look for the way He provides to flee.

“ Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation.” G Campbell Morgan.

When Paul says to flee sexual immorality he means run for your life. 2 Timothy 2:22. Following the model of Joseph with Potiphar’s wife Gen 39. The servants of God should not entertain sexual immorality for even a moment and must make no provision for the flesh. Romans 13:14. No Christian can use the excuse that a temptation is unique to him or her. Even Jesus was tempted . Thankfully God does not allow His children to be tempted beyond the borders of their limitations. Unfortunately people sometimes grow so enamoured by sin that they become blind to the escape route the Spirit provides. The Christian life is a valiant pursuit of godly values. God wants to take a person’s vices, their consuming lusts for pleasure , power, or possessions and replace them with His virtues. Flee and pursue imply urgency, intentionality, choice and movement . Believers are not only to refrain from the sins of the flesh, they must not allow them to be a possibility. Love is to be the predominant characteristic of a Christian life .
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