Fleeing From Sin

Kendra Hall

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The wind whipped around the corner of the large red brick building and began to slowly cut into her left cheek. Darkness covered the trees surrounding the skies. Cara's lips shivered through the chilly night air. She looked deep into the night in wonder, staring awestruck at the star riddled blue-black sky.

Cara’s was struggling with an impending choice that was tempting her deep within her spirit. The question posed is whether Cara would capture the head of the snake tonight by making the sound choice and going back home; or will she instead lose the fight to her own demons?

The wind blew without mercy against the side of the building, practically knocking Cara over. A few more steps to the front door, she thought. Cara took a deep breath, asking herself what ramifications lie ahead if she continues down this path. No doubt, her next decision would leave skeletons dragging in the wind. Cara’s conscious was making her re-think her current actions.

Ephesians 6:12 abruptly popped into Cara’s mind: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Within a matter of moments, Cara found herself practically running back to her car.

Let us examine how Cara moved away from a sinful situation. She realized she must condemn any person, place or thing that would rise-up and ultimately destroy her. That is what sin does. It kills, steals, and destroys lives. Just as Cara did, we must run from temptation. We must steer ourselves away from the people, places or things that lure in sin. Proverbs 4:14-15 states: “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.”

Get rid of the things that cause you to walk in shame. What is done in the dark will come to light. Your hidden places may be uncovered, and you must always be prepared for that. Do not add more skeletons to your closet. Make worthy decisions with far reaching consequences. As we read in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

The thought of losing God’s grace, even for a moment, is never worth it. Just as Cara did, we must be able to correct and make better choices that serve the highest good in our lives. No person is worth the grace you are taking for granted, when you give into temptation. God loves us always; however, His grace is not promised to us. When we have God’s grace in our lives, we must be mindful of the decisions that we make. If you are in a position to lead, you must lead first by example. If we are not in loving alignment and matching our intentions with our actions, we cause ourselves confusion. Confusion is not of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 says we are to take the whole armor of God: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,..”

Understand there is a difference between knowing and understanding. It can be downright hard to do introspective work. As we focus in on our inner work, we begin to see how our perceptions have (at times unfairly) shaped how we view the world. As we go through life, we tend to judge others by their behavior and ourselves by our intentions. It is a natural thing to do.

They say the best way to see a person is to not look at them. Sounds so profound, but I think it is a profoundly flawed mind set. Let us keep in mind that our intentions may have been good when you made the assessment of this person based on their actions; however, our bad behavior will make us forget that our behavior may (at one point in time) have matched theirs. How do you "see people"? Not through your eyes, but as a child sees the world with no preconceived notions. A child sees the world as an open vessel to knowledge about that thing or person.

I have heard people say that we all have hidden agendas. I think that is a statement to self-assess and ponder. One thing that is for sure is you never really know how you will react to any situation, until it happens to you.

Introspective Questions:

• What are the circumstances behind the situation tempting you?

• Who is the person behind the mask? Your mask, and theirs?

As I listen to the words of the song, “Good & Bad” by J. Moss, I remind myself how God “keeps on loving me. “Who can love me like you do Lord? What you are to me, no man no man could ever be. You see through every mistake, through every stumble. You (God) prove to your children you’ll always be there. Through every sin, through every issue, you could have been finished, you could have been gone; but you put up with me. You (God) kept on teaching me, kept on loving me…You love me through my good, you love me through my bad. You didn’t erase my future because of my past. I’m glad you loved me through my good and my bad.”

Follow the will of the Lord. Galatians 6:7: 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Understand and accept God hears us when we cry out in trouble. Psalms 107:28-30. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper: the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Stay focused. Blessings.

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