Satan is as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). However, God instructs us to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). This implies that we are going into combat against the devil. When he comes around, we are not to turn and flee, but rather, we are to resist him, and he will flee from us (James 4:7). When we are submitted to God – when we are standing in God’s strength and not our own, we can send the devil running from us. We are to stand and resist the devil.
There is, however, something more powerful than Satan that we face. God does not tell us to stand and fight this enemy. God tells us to flee from it:
Flee also youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22a
We are to flee from our youthful lusts. We should not play around with them and think that we can overcome them. Put them away. Avoid them. Our youthful lusts are dangerous. Our lusts draw us away, entice us, and tempt us to sin (James 1:14-15). While sin does have pleasure for a season (Hebrews 11:25), in the end, sin brings forth death (James 1:15). Just as it is important for us to be aware of Satan, it is even more important that we are aware of our youthful lusts and flee from them.
God is gracious, though, in that he has given us a way to be delivered even when we do not flee from our lusts. When our lusts tempt us, God has given us a way of escape from every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). A wise man will not wait to be tempted before he looks for an escape though. He will flee from the youthful lusts before they have a chance to tempt him.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12