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FLEE! Clearly this is one piece of advice that I wish I had always listened to and acted upon faithfully. Paul uses the word exclusively to tell us to flee from immorality.
1 Cor 6:18 NKJV – 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 Cor 10:14 NKJV – Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
1Ti 6:11 NKJV – But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
2Ti 2:22 NKJV – Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Is there anything today that you should be fleeing from? I would pray that the LORD would give you and I the strength and wisdom to do such. Clearly it isn’t always easy. And sometimes it still has consequences,as it did in Joseph’s life. But clearly, it is always God’s will in our life, as He has told us to do so, over and over again!
Jesus indicated that the good shepherd will leave the flock to go and get the one lost sheep. I fully believe that the overall teaching of Scripture tells us that if we are His sheep, He will bring us back to the flock. In the case of Paul, God pursued Him to the point of knocking him off a horse and temporarily blinding him, on the road to Damascus. The context of Hosea 5:15, the text for this Evening’s reading, is that the LORD will also remove the perception of His presence. In this case it is referring to Israel. And by doing so, it will cause them to seek the LORD and return to Him.
I thank our gracious God for the fact that He continues to work out in our lives what is necessary for us to turn to Him. Of course, if I consistently applied Spurgeon’s lesson from the morning reading, i.e., flee from the lust of the flesh, I am sure that I wouldn’t have to go the the painful experiences that are necessary to bring me back to Him. If I would only learn!