Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” (Prov. 14:16).

READ: Matthew 5:28-30

Another way to identify a wise person is by his or her attitude to sin. A wise fellow keeps a healthy distance from sin. The distance between you and anything or anyone capable of bringing you into sin will tell whether you are wise or not. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil”. It takes wisdom to obey this scripture. If your weakness is women, it is wisdom to deliberately avoid being alone in a lady’s company—always insist on having a third party around. If your worldly friends have a very strong influence over you, you should be wise enough to keep them at bay. If your effort at the Christian faith is regularly being rubbished by your addiction to unhealthy television programs and internet sites, cut them off. Any old or new relationship that does not add to you spiritually, must be cut off. Even if they are as useful as your right eye or right hand, cut them off. Any publication, video or audio CD that fans the embers of sin in your hearth must be destroyed. Remember, the internal enemies you fail to deal with will continue to grow until they launch a fatal attack on you.

A sister once complained that there is too much gossip among fellow sisters, and so resolved not to keep company with ladies except brothers. Not long after, she fell into fornication. What distance do you keep from sin? Do you know that apart from physical distance, there is also spiritual distance you must keep from sin? The latter is in fact more important than the former. If it is so easy for you to fall into temptation, it simply means there is no spiritual distance between you and sin. When such a spiritual distance exists, you will be like someone on an island. It will take time before someone coming to you crosses over to meet you. Where there is spiritual distance from sin, falling into sin will not be intuitive, or at the spur of the moment, or even by mistake. It becomes difficult to sin at that level. Why? You will need to take a decision whether to sin or not. If a lady winks at you and the next moment you are lusting, there is no spiritual distance. If there is a spiritual distance from sin, even when there is no physical distance from sin, it will still be hard to sin. Are you in that sinless island of the righteous?

Father, where there is no distance from sin, create one and help me to maintain it.

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