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Flee from the wrath to come – Luke 3:7
escape, yet through Christ we can be saved from the penalty for our sins and so escape this eternal destiny. For Christians the penalty of sin has been covered however we can’t escape reaping the results of what we have sown as the consequences still have to be faced (1 Cor 3:10-17; Gal 6:7,8).
While God will show us how to escape the power of temptation, the option is ours to take up (1 Cor 10:13). Literally removing ourselves from the vicinity of the temptation is the best approach (Gen 39:12). Running from pressures and problems may also seem the solution, yet God wants us to face the situation and, with His help, grow in character as we patiently submit to the challenge and overcome. Jonah tried to run from God’s purposes but it was futile (Jnh 1:3). God has the means to face us up with the situation again (and again) so we can be victorious in those areas. As we co-operate with Him we’ll develop steadfastness and patience. Focus your attention and dependence on God rather than on the problem and your own lack of ability.
When the Israelites fled Egypt and were trapped against the Red Sea and there appeared to be no escape God intervened for them and brought glory to His name (Ex 14:18). God is not obligated to rescue in all situations, some people are delivered while others are subject to horrendous suffering and death, with their faith in God unshaken (Dan 3:17,18; Heb 11:32-40). He is in control and works out everything according to His purpose – and our ultimate best (Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11). Jesus when facing the cross prayed that He might not have to go through with it, but He affirmed God’s will by saying, “Not my will but yours be done” (Mt 26:39).
We can’t escape the testing of our faith, the desirable result is blessing to us – refined Godlike character and experience so why try to run from what will benefit us? Embrace the Lord’s dealings with thanksgiving (Rom 5:3-5; 1 Thes 5:18; Jas 1:2-4; 1 Pet 1:6,7).
Walk free in Jesus
be enticed back (Gal 5:1; 2 Pet 2:18-22). God’s Word is greater than anything that has bound, limited or enslaved you. He delivers us from temptation, and through trials.