The Bible contains a very large Flee Market with over 100 flee verses. A teacher taught that Lot and his wife had to run and flee from the fire, but the wife looked back, and turned to a pillar of salt. A boy quickly asked, “What happened to the flea?” Flee means to run, git, shun, avoid, move, go and don’t look back. There are times to face and fight and times to flee and forget. Wisdom is knowing when. As a song goes, “You need to know when to hold them, known when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.”
Times to Flee:
Flee fornication (1Cor. 6:18).
Flee idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14). Learn that lifetime lust lingers within you (Rom. 7:20). Elderly John R. Rice said, “I have not become sinless, but I do sin less.”
Times to Follow: “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness…” (1Tim. 6:11). “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness” (2 Tim. 2:22).
Times to Fight: “Fight the good fight of faith” (1Tim. 6:12). Also pick good fights of faith, and don’t waste time with a bad fight of flesh. How to fight: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Notice the process: Flee to God – Fight the Devil – Devil flees. You win – He loses. Why? Because as you draw nigh to God, God draws night to you (James 4:8). The Devil does not fear or flee from you but he fears and flees from God. The Devil and God are incompatible. Who is fleeing? You or the Devil?
Favorite Flee Times: “In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird (fly) to your mountain?“ (Psa. 11:1). A missionary said, “I was so upset that I had to go to my happy place.” There are times to flee (fly) to your happy place. “Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away” (Job 9:25). Some say, “Time flies.” Well, what else can it do? Time will not stop or slow down, but you can. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Psa.139:7). Answer: There is no place to flee from God. He is here, there, and everywhere. He has always been and He will always will be. Good News! As a child of God He will never flee or forsake you (Heb.13:5). Warning! No one can flee from God – No one! (Psa. 139:8). You are facing an inescapable appointment God (Heb. 9:27). Flea Markets are seasonal but God’s Flee Market is open 7/24/365. So, let’s learn when to follow, fight, or flee.
Lessons from the Flee Market.