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Run, Forrest, Run! (Day 27)

on May 7, 2012

Remember this classic line from the 1994 movie Forrest Gump?   Jenny taught Forrest to run from any dangerous or scary situation.  She was his muse for staying focused on being safe and secure.  He even ran to the point where his leg braces broke! 

We would be wise in doing the same thing when it comes to temptation.  The Word tells us to “Run from anything that gives you evil thoughts…but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right.” (II Timothy 2:22, LB).   Every day I need to tell myself, “Run, Shelly, run!”

In our running away from temptation, we must also remember that God gives us an escape route.  That route is that He never allows more on us than He puts within us to handle.  Yet, we must do our part by:

Refocusing our attentions on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 7b-9, NIV).

Revealing our struggles to a trusted, godly friend and/or a support group.  God’s solution is very simple: don’t repress it, confess it.  Many people find this hard, myself included.  It’s tough to be naked with your shortcomings and stumbles in front of someone.  If you have someone like this in your circle of influence, consider yourself blessed.

Resisting the Adversary.  The Word instructs us to “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7, NIV).  We have to think of ourselves as soldiers on the battlefield protecting ourselves from tempting people and situations.  Our main weapon is to store the Word of God in our hearts, and using the other pieces of spiritual armor we must wear on a daily basis. (Eph. 6:10-18, NRSV).  There’s always a way out.  Don’t let him fool you and tell you otherwise.

Realizing your vulnerability.  No one’s exempt from temptation, period.  Our flesh and souls battle all the time, and it’s up to us to stay alert and pay attention.  Let not your feelings and emotions lead the way, either.  They’re unreliable.  “Don’t be so naive and self-confident.  You’re not exempt…forget about self-confidence…cultivate God-confidence.” (I Cor. 10:12, Msg).

Stand strong, my sister.  Hang tough, my brother.  The victory is won.  Choose wisely and run like Forrest!


2 responses to “Run, Forrest, Run! (Day 27)

  1. TonyR says:

    I am so loving your blog. You are truly speaking truth!

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