“Abstain from all [forms] of evil.” I Thessalonians 5:22
One Friday night at Freedom That Lasts, I taught a lesson about the temptations of Satan and how we can fight him. Little did I know how helpful this message would be to me. I was scheduled to catch a flight to San Antonio the next morning for work. A friend who lived there wanted to meet up, so we planned to get together while I was there. I told him I would text him when I landed so we could meet for dinner later that night.
As promised, when I landed I texted my friend. I was hoping to get settled into my hotel room and relax for a few hours but he wanted to get together right away and hang out the whole night. We met up at a restaurant where I learned he had all these plans for me. I was literally away from home for only six hours, and it seemed like Pleasure Island awaited me.
He tried to entice me with all these things that seemed fun and exciting, but I knew they were wrong. I am not sure who he thought I was, but he treated me as if I was a sailor on leave. He told me not to worry about anything because he would take care of me, and even asked me at one point how “Christian” I was. I never realized that there were varying levels of Christianity. To his chagrin, we had an early dinner, played some games and I went back to my hotel.
I ended the night early as I knew better than to allow myself to be tempted with sin. The plans my friend had for me were not godly plans, and I knew the longer I stayed with him, the harder it would be to leave. I have found that one of the best defenses against sin is to abstain from (reject) sin wherever it appears and not allow the enemy to get a foothold. I think of Joseph when he was tempted by his boss' wife in Genesis 39:12 which states, “And she caught him by his garment, saying, lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.” We all have a chance to flee temptation, but we sometimes don’t take the escape route.
Do you find yourself thinking about sin? Do you find yourself driving by places you should not go? Do you peek at things you ought not to look at? Do you flirt with various forms of evil? May we be like Joesph and flee when presented with sin, and may we not give it a second thought. The more we flirt with evil, the more we will find ourselves entangled in it. Run from evil and keep away from the allure of sin. Sin is fun for a moment, but it is never worth the eternal torment of it.
Stay in the fight!