“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
By yielding to temptation we begin to wallow in and with wickedness. We don’t need to go there rather look for our door escape. It is a promise from Scripture that God will provide for us a way out – our job is to look for it. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV): No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. When we cave to the flesh and the temptations of the evil one we open ourselves up wide for falling into sin. And we do not want to go there. Remember, we fall into sin but holiness we must pursue. The best way to keep our way pure is to not give Satan and inch because he will take a mile and leave destruction like a tornado in his wake. We never sin as unto ourselves either and it effects everyone in our spheres – especially those that we dearly love and that dearly love us. Sin’s tentacles are very far reaching.
If we venture near the nest of the viper we will most assuredly be dragged in. We cannot keep company with evil and pretend we won’t begin to blend. It is delusional to think we longingly walk by sin’s door and eventually not go through it. That is why fleeing is hugely important – just as Joseph did with Potiphar’s wife. If you do not want to get burned, don’t play with or near the fire or walk among the coals of temptation rather flee from these, Amen? Also, it is delusional to think that one can compartmentalize evil within themselves either as it eventually begin to permeate every area of the life unless fiercely and quickly dealt with by running back to the Fountain for cleansing and forgiveness. It is extremely important for us to keep our accounts short with the Master – not continuing to wallow in the pigpen of our own poor choices rather earnestly repent by turning back from our point of departure.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-10 (NIV)
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.** Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)**