Resolution Run – Week 2

Resolution Run
2 – Run Away from Sin
1/15/17 (MS)


“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!”  1 Corinthians 9:24

“Don’t go anywhere near that woman’s house.” Proverbs 5:8

“Run from sexual sin…” 1 Corinthians 6:18

“Run away from the things that will get you in trouble, and run towards the things that won’t.” 2 Timothy 2:22

“When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.  Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.  This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.  So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.” Genesis 39:1-12

It’s one thing to make convictions between you and the Lord, it’s another thing to have those convictions tested in real life. 

1.  Run from Sin, not the Fight

“For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.” Romans 8:13

2.  Run from Sin, to a Place of Power

“Run away from the things that will get you in trouble, and run towards the things that won’t.” 2 Timothy 2:22

3.  Run from Sin, down well-worn Paths

This year I will be willing to run away from sin, even if it costs me something, because I know that sin will cost me way more!

Discussion Questions:
1. Do you find you like to run toward something (motivation) or run from something (safety)?  Why are both important
2. Why do you think the Bible is so serious about sin and us running away from it?
3. How do you think you would have responded in Joseph’s situation?  What can we learn from him on how important it is to run from sin?
4. What kind of convictions do you have when it comes to sin?  Can you know how strong they are unless they are tested?  Why or why not?
5. How can you put running from sin into practice this week?