1 Corinthians 10: 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
What if we sense we are going down the wrong path—toward something not good at all?
It may begin with life’s trials. And, in not delighting to walk in the Spirit—shown by a lack of genuine worship and prayer, coupled with obstinate neglect of the Word and Church—our lives may succumb to temptations.
Then, sins; sinful thoughts and habits. And, even more.
Prolonged patterns of behavior, and reluctant but strangely willing rejection of all that is good, truthful and beautiful. And, we, like the prodigal son, run from the Father.
We soon sense we are on the edge of a precipice; and, there are even skirmishes with the sinister.
Like the story we read earlier in chapter 10, we feel our bodies in danger of being “scattered in the wilderness”.
What do we do? How do we get out?
How do we come back to love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? How do we feel the embrace of our Father again?
The verses from 1 Corinthians and James give the clearest answer:
Submit to God. Flee from idolatry. Resist the devil (and he will flee from you).
If you sense any of the above today—from giving into temptations, and so on.
Then, Submit to God, Flee and Resist!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that we were washed, sanctified and justified in your name (1 Corinthians 6:11). Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live powerfully, truthfully and beautifully for you. We will submit and obey you and you only! In Christ Jesus’ name. Amen.
Here is a vintage video from Pastor John Wimber on “Doing the Stuff”
(3 minutes and 39 seconds) (Click here)