We all know the benefits of daily exercise. Some run, some walk and some do a choreographed work out of some kind. The Apostle Paul was a runner. He saw life as a race and wrote the book on running the that race. In Hebrews 12 he tells to run with patience the race set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. God has called all of us to run the race of life with Jesus. Paul’s letters are full of sound advice for our race. There’s a time to walk and a time to run. In the following few sentences we will see the times when God tells us – DON’T WALK, RUN!
Run From Sexual Sin
Paul exhorts us in 1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us to run from fornication. Sexuality is in Satan’s cross-hairs. He uses it to destroy the soul, the family, marriages and society. His control of the pornography industry and proliferation of on-screen sexual opportunities is turning men and women into unbridled animals who burn with sexual lust. He rips sex from God’s design and His intended context and drags it into the mud of meaninglessness, business, filthiness and pleasure. Paul gives us simple but clear instructions regarding fornication – Don’t walk, Run!! Run from from the thoughts, run from the web-link, run from the movie, run from the party. Run! Run! Run!
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Run From Idolatry
1 Cor 10:14 – Flee idolatry – Anything that is your source of meaning, value, purpose, love, security, significance is your idol.
On your face dag gone Dagon! (1 Sam 5:1-4). In God’s presence the idol Dagon’s head and arms broke off and laid on the floor. Idols are everywhere. So many things are bidding for control of our lives. A Christian’s heart is the temple of the Holy Spirit and he has the responsibility and power to flee idolatry. All idols are face and hands to ground before the Almighty God. They are all prostrate before God. We must not take up an idol but rather we take up the cross – to lift it up to where men are drawn to our Savior, to exalt it to its rightful place in our hearts. The cross of Jesus Christ when it occupies a place of love, forgiveness and death to self is the power of God within us for life. What it took Jesus 6 hours to do for us He gives to the believer as a lifetime occupation – to pour out our lives for people, to suffer for others, to carry one another’s burdens. Idols desire worship from those who serve them. Jesus receives worship from those He serves.
Nothing can take the place of adoration, honor and love for our Savior high and lifted up from the earth on our behalf. He gives us meaning, value, purpose, love, security and significance. When we realize there is something in our lives that exalts itself above God the Don’t Walk, RUN!
Run From the Love of Money
1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. v.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
There are only 2 gods – God or money – (Matt 6:24) A man cannot serve 2 masters. The world system is a system of buying and selling. God’s economy is one grace and faith, asking and receiving. Satan would like to tuen the church into a place of business. Yes, he’d like God’s people to replace God with money in their lives but even more he wants to turn grace into works. He wants believers to move from simple faith in God’s unending grace as a basis for blessing to a system of blessing that depends on man’s work and efforts. We are not blessed because of our works but rather we work because of our blessing. Satan is a businessman, God is a loving Father. Expositor’s Commentary has this to say about the love of money…“There is no vice more deadening to every noble and tender feeling than greed. It is capable of extinguishing all mercy, all pity, all natural affection. It can make the claims of the suffering and sorrowful, even when they are combined with those of an old friend, or a wife, or a child, fall on deaf ears. It can banish from the heart not only all love, but all shame and self-respect. What does the miser care for the miseries of outraged society, so long as he can keep his gold? There is no heartless or mean act, and very often no deed of fraud or violence, from which he will shrink in order to augment or preserve his hoards. Assuredly the Apostle is right when he calls the love of money a “root of all kinds of evil.””
When money becomes the focus of our attention and energy don’t walk, RUN!!
Run From Youthful Lusts
2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Youthful lusts war against our souls and are enemies to our spiritual progress (1 Pet 2:11, James 4:1). These lusts cripple us in our walks with Jesus Christ. We are given the secret to triumph over lusts in Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The youthful lusts that can commandeer your hearts and drive us to live in sin and excess are the objects of the world system’s advertisements and appeal. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are the 3 elements that make up the world system (1 John 2:16). Lusts are the things we can have (the eyes), the things we can experience (the flesh) and the things we can be (pride of life).
When these lusts grab our souls and push us to satisfy them we must do one thing. Don’t walk from them, RUN!!