The Bible admonishes us to abstain from evil, but how do we do that? We can all benefit from Bro. Jeff’s list of keys for avoiding evil.
- Despise Not Prophesyings
- Prove All Things
- The Principles
- The Priorities
- The Teaching We Hear
- The Spirits We Encounter
- The Salvation We Profess
- The Way That We Live
- The Focus That We Have
- The Works That We Perform
- The Thoughts That We Think
- The Process
- The Scriptures We Search
- The Spirit We Possess
- The Saints We Love
- The Separation We Experience
- The Purpose
- Holding Fast to Good
- Abstaining From Evil
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 KJV
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
- Take Time to Get Away
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
1 Peter 3:11
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
- It’s Good to Hate
13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
- Find a Good Hiding Place
3 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Keep Your Feet Clean
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
- Don’t Let Your Imagination Run Wild
10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
- Throw Away Your Trash
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
- Stop It Right Now
- Lose the Lust
1 Corinthians 10:6
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
- Get in Your Closet
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.
- Be a Simple Person
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all [men]. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
- Don’t Follow the Leader
3 John 1:11
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
- Run Away
1 Corinthians 6:18
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1 Corinthians 10:13-14
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
2 Timothy 2:22
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Timothy 6:10-11
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
1 Timothy 3:3
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness.
2 And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
2 Peter 2:14-15
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
11 [As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.