Overcome The FleshMarch 8, 2016 Save Article
First Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” Second Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” You are not told to fight the temptation of the flesh. You are told to flee.
For instance, if there is a magazine, movie, or program on television that arouses things in you that are wrong, you are told to get away from it. Turn off the television. Throw away the magazine. Leave the theater. You can’t put garbage in your mind and expect to stay pure.
When I was in college, I had a motto on my desk that said, “He who would not fall down, ought not to walk in slippery places.” Proverbs 6:27-28 says, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”
If you are single, this is VERY important because if you are do not flee, then you are playing with matches in dry grass. It’s not enough to ask God to keep you pure, you are to flee!