Run For Your Life!
2 Peter 2:9
Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.
You know, this is a contract between you and God. Let’s break it down some.
1) The word Lord comes from the Greek word, Kurios, which means Supreme in Authority. (Judge)
2) Next, we have the word godly that is rooted from the Greek word Eusebes, defined as, devout, pious, or reverent. (Defendent)
3) Temptations come from the Greek word Peirasmos, putting to proof by an experiment of good or of evil. (Prosecuter)
Sounds like a courtroom, doesn’t it? You have a Judge a defendant, a prosecutor. The difference is the prosecutor in this court creates the situations for the crime scene.
To this day it amazes me how the enemy sets up Christians. It seems as though he will plan a situation of deception long in advance. But here is the key:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
The word lust means, desire, especially for what is forbidden.
Then when lust (desire) has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Notice that word lust (desire) again? Here James is using it more in the context of a thought. He’s taking this from the 10th commandment, Thou shalt not covet.
And how does the enemy get in? Simply put, it all starts with the first thought. I’ve noticed that the thought is often laid up through unforgiveness, judgment.
Brethren if any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
I remember a famous minister that was very judgmental against the gay community, only to be caught in a relationship with another man. He didn’t understand how he had fallen into such a lifestyle. This verse explains it, the spirit of the ‘action’ what he judged came back on him, causing him to fall into the same temptation.
And how do you forgive, when someone has deeply hurt you? First, pray and ask Jesus to help you with a desire to forgive that person, begin to intercede for them. I know it’s hard, but you have to do it for your own sake.
I’ve been in many instances over the years, where the enemy has set a trap for me to step into sin. I’ve asked God to give me a way out, sometimes I’ve had to whisper it under my breath, and the doors open and I ran. Don’t stick around and play with the thought, because the thought is designed to bring you to death.
Personally, in God’s courtroom, I think your best plea is: “I plead the Blood of the Lamb!” And God will open a way of escape.
Always be quick to forgive and sometimes quick to flee.
He is: “Jehovah- Palat”