A Survival Secret

2 Timothy 2:19

YOU CAN’T TURN ON the evening news without being inundated with painful reminders of the shocking disregard for God’s moral law in our culture.

Surviving times as intense as ours cannot happen easily. Furthermore, it is not something we do corporately or, for that matter, publicly. It’s an “inside job,” this business of rising above and living according to God’s holy standard. The secret? Turning away from evil. Paul wrote these penetrating words:

All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.

2 TIMOTHY 2:19

God is calling all of us to an increased discipline in the private realms of our lives. It’s a survival secret being overlooked by many.

Pause and answer each question honestly.

Are you regularly with a person of the opposite sex in situations that are inappropriate or could appear to others as such?

Are you completely above reproach in all your financial dealings?

Do you expose yourself to explicit sexual material?

Do you regularly spend time in prayer and the Scriptures?

Are there unresolved conflicts between you and another person?

How quickly do you say “I am wrong . . . I am genuinely sorry” when you have said or done something that hurt another?

Do you linger over angry thoughts? Do you hold grudges?

Are you knowingly compromising in some area of your life, refusing to acknowledge the consequences you will surely have to face?

Have you formed a habit that is detrimental to your walk with Christ?

Are you proud . . . selfish . . . arrogant?

Have you taken credit for something that someone else did?

Sin will take you farther than you want to go, it will keep you longer than you want to stay, and it will cost you more than you want to pay. Whatever changes you need to make, start today. Don’t hesitate because of the pain it may cause or the problems it may create. Surviving requires changes. Sometimes, drastic changes. Like turning away from evil. Like saying “no” to sin.

Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord . . . Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved. The full devotional can be purchased at tyndale.com.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.