Know when to Flee
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have suffi-cient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it , all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.” Luke 14:28-32 KJV
Count the Cost and flee that fight. There is time for everything – A time to run to battle and a time to flee from fighting. Ecclesiastes 3:1; says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”.
2 Samuel 11:1 says that “At the time when kings went to battle …., David tarried still at Jerusalem”. It was while at home that David fell into sin with Bathsheba. It’s impor-tant to know when to run to battle. But it’s more impor-tant to know when to flee from battle. The greatest vir-tue of any Military General is knowing when NOT TO FIGHT. – Luke 14:31- 32 counsels us to count the cost be-fore running to battle. Many times it might be better to flee from fighting. You might win the argument but loose the relationship.
David at a time fled from his own son Absalom. He had conspired against his father and stolen the hearts of the people. 2 Samuel 15:13-14 says; “And there came a mes-senger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.” Al-though David fled for a time he returned later to his throne after his son had been killed. A song writer said “he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day.” What a truth. Discretion they say is the better side of valor. Some fights are just not worth dying for; Proverbs 19:11 says “The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. The New Living Translation says “…. they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” If all world leaders know this the world would be a more peaceful place today. Running from conflict is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of greater inner strength.
Jesus fled from Herod as a baby to Egypt in Matthew 2:12-13. There is an Afri-can saying that “A child does not ask what killed his fa-ther when his hand has not yet gotten the weapon of war”. Jesus fled as a baby. He later returned and as a ma-tured man was anointed to defeat the enemy. Moses fled when Pharaoh wanted him dead at the age of 40. (Exodus 2:12-15). He returned 40 years after to deliver the entire nation of Israel from slavery and drowned the entire army of Egypt along with their king in the Red Sea.
– Flee what is stronger than you. – Flee the battle you can not win. – Flee when the conspiracy against you is too strong. – Flee whatever will separate God from you. Flee the scene of conflict for a time, you will soon return to win the battle. Flee to gather strength, flee for cover to a place of protection. It is foolishness to continue in a bat-tle you know you can not win. Flee to equip yourself bet-ter. Flee to sharpen your weapons of war. Ecclesiastes 10:10 says “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” It’s wisdom to reconsider and re-treat sometimes in battle. Know when to retreat to your place of strength.
Flee to your mountain of protection. Psalm 11:1-2 says “In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?  For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.” Every bird has a tall mountain it can flee to when it’s hunted. Where is your own mountain of protection where the enemy can not reach you? David fled to his mountain of prayer and protection when he fled from the hot pursuit of Saul. When his adversaries came after him they were all disarmed – they joined in the prayers and began to prophesy with the men of David (1 Samuel 19:19-24).
I will like to admonish you that it’s very important for us to be sensitive as believers to the evils around us and espe-cially the evils targeted at bringing us down. Many great destinies have been destroyed simply because of believer’s naivety to danger signals around them. Proverbs 22:3, says “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” An African proverb says “If the dangerous wood will not injure your eye, its from afar you deal with it.” Why wait for danger to get you into a corner when you can deal with it from afar. I once heard the pathetic story of a great preacher who had an unusual attraction towards his female secretary. Her daily indecent dressing to work and unusual affection for him was already having a toll on him. He was always looking forward to any opportunity to see her. He reported this wrong attraction to his overseer and was advised to fire her. Painful as this may sound he followed the counsel of his overseer. This drew the ire of the lady and left him this message. “I know its your overseer that advised you to do this, you are not man enough to take your own decisions…”
In another similar story it was the preacher’s wife that noticed the strange actions of a lady in their ministry work. When the husband followed the wife’s counsel and insisted that the lady must leave. She left this message “Now I know that you are a real man of God how did you discover me so early. Your prayers and work has been a disturbance to us in our coven and I was assigned to go and finish you but you acted faster than we anticipated.”
Beloved we are all targets for the devil. We should be sensitive to the nefarious activities of evil agents around us. Prov-erbs 14:16 says “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.” The New Living translation says it better; “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” It’s wisdom to foresee evil and to avoid it. Samson was completely dead to the danger signals around him. He was com-pletely lost on the laps of Delilah till he gave away the secret of his strength. Delilah pressed him daily for what could be done to destroy him until he was wearied enough to give it away. That’s the devil’s tactics. He is a Tempter that’s why he makes several attempts until he gets his prey. Daniel 7:25 says “he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High…” Three times the devil made attempts with Jesus until the Lord said get behind me Satan. And the scriptures say the devil left Him only for a season. Potiphar’s wife spoke to Joseph day by day until she got Joseph’s garment. It’s true Joseph fled but I think he fled a little too late. He suffered imprison-ment for two years because he did not flee early enough. His garment was an evidence to punish him. Why wait long enough for the enemy to gather enough evidence against you. FLEE NOW.
Don’t flee too late, Samson never fled the laps of Delilah. “The dog that will get lost never hears the whistle of the hunter”. Pharaoh fled too late. Exodus 14:23-27 says
 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, (Continued from page 7) (Continued on page 9) 9 and his horsemen.  And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,  And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians.  And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” (was used in Abraham Lincoln’s speech made at Peoria, Illinois October 16, 1854 during his fight against slave trade)
WHAT OTHER THINGS MUST I FLEE FROM
– Flee idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:12-14)
– Flee the love of money (1 Timothy 6:11, 6:6-10)
– Flee youthful lust for the master to use you. (2 Timothy 2:20-22) Mortify your flesh to flee. (Colossians 3:5)
– Flee fornication (1 Corinthians 6:16-19) God will destroy the person. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
– Flee all appearances of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
12.) Father let me die to the self and be alive to you in Jesus name. Matthew 26:42 “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”
13). Father in my life, home, and ministry, let your will be done.
14). Father, in our region, provinces, parishes etc, your will be done in Jesus. John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. ( Mark 1 : 7 NLT)
15). Father, give us the spirit and the grace to openly declare the truth even to to the detriment of ourselves and minis-tries in Jesus name. Matthew 18:4″Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
16). Father as we desire our Region 6 to be great, give us and our leaders the spirit of child-likeness in Jesus name.
17). Father, we reject and eject any childish, immature behavior from our region in Jesus name.
18). In this Year of the Great Shepherd, we pray divine guidance for our regional leader, Pastor Ajayi Adeniran and all his able helpers in the region in Jesus name Ps 23:1-6.You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, ( Philippians 2 : 5-7 NLT)
19). Father, we ask for the spirit of humility in all ramifications for all our pastors, ministers and workers. The spirit to enthrone Jesus and dethrone self in Jesus name
20).Father, we commit our programs in the region and RCCGNA into your hand, prosper them in Jesus name
21). Father grant journey mercies to our leaders as they travel around the globe in Jesus name.
22). Father, we thank you for everything in Jesus name, Amen