Flee from Evil
“...But test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 NIV
We crave it. Our hearts deceive us and tell us it won’t cost us much. It catches our attention as easily as it gratifies us. Exchanging bits and pieces of our soul, sin lets us indulge and feels so good. Our flesh loves to be content with the wicked things of the world. Although the enticing pleasures of this world seem to offer us everything we could ever want and more, the tragic reality is this: it promises us satisfaction but leaves us empty, more broken, and wanting more.
Yes, we are called to kill our sin before it kills us, but sisters I plead with you—don’t even go near it. Flee from it. Run away. If at all possible, don’t put yourself in situations that will cause you to dance with wickedness. You are not strong enough to resist evil on your own, and that is what sin is…it is evil which leads to utter ruin. From my experiences, the more you expose yourself to sin, the more desensitized you become to it. The more you feed into the vicious beast called the flesh, the hungrier it becomes.
Don’t feel discouraged, though, because we have help from our great High Priest. When you put a clean dish into dirty water, the dish becomes dirty—the water doesn’t become clean. I use this analogy because that is what it is like whenever you surround yourself with evil things, people, etc. You are the one who is going to be affected by the sin, more so than the other way around. That is just how our corrupt nature works (1 Corinthians 15:33). Because we have help from the Spirit, we must feed our soul the truths in the Scriptures. Jesus is all-satisfying and will never leave you feeling empty or broken. Trust in His sovereignty and flee from the evil snares of sin. It isn’t worth it, sisters.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. Thank You for the Gospel, and thank You for loving me so unconditionally. Humble me, Lord, and teach me to rely on You for sanctification. Make me hate sin and love the things of the Spirit. Give me the power to flee from evil as I rely on Your Spirit. You alone are my righteousness. Amen.
Is there sin in your life you aren’t actively fleeing from? Take heart and trust in the goodness of a God who delights in His children. He will give you the desires of your heart. Meditate on His truth and flee from evil.