‘Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right…’ 2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)
Look at Samson: his character didn’t match his strength.
He fooled himself into thinking that he could live as he wanted and escape the consequences.
His life is a mine of valuable lessons:
i. Success in one area does not mean you can’t fail in others
ii. Temptation always returns to the scene of its previous success
iii. Playing with temptation means you’ll always lose
iv. Even though giving in to temptation may not cut you off from God’s grace, it can limit your usefulness to him
v. Where we think we are strongest is where we’re least likely to prepare for attack.
vi. Any weakness you constantly give in to, excuse, deny or hide, will control you.
When all else fails there’s one thing you can always do when faced with a temptation… run! Be like Joseph. He did did what he had to – he ran!
Run from temptation if you have to! God is not dishonored when you run – He’s dishonored when you don’t!