Gen 20: 8-9 “So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid. 9 And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.”

Abimelech listened to God’s warning. He took the escape route that God showed him on the dream. He did it without any delay; notice the verse says, he rose early in the morning. This shows the obedience of Abimelech and the willingness to live a holy life from the bottom of his heart. Likewise, Job also wanted his children to be holy in front of God, so he sanctified them with burnt offerings early in the morning after the feast days. This kind of obedience and the swift action will only come from a man or woman who wants to live a holy life unto God.

This is why we are born as a new creature with a new heart sanctified by our Lord. Our utmost desire of every believer of Jesus Christ is not to grieve the Holy Spirit, Who resides within us. When we have this basic nature of the born again, our obedience and the willingness to take the escape route during our temptations should be swift. We should not linger on the escape route and think, whether we can do it or not. If we do, then the enemy will bring another twist and then another. Let us us act fast when there is an escape route presented to us during our temptations.

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