We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Avoid Compromising Situations

It is important that we direct our thoughts toward God and keep them focused on Him.  And it is equally important how we choose the people with whom we relate.  People affect our thoughts.  We should surround ourselves with people who are focused on God and want to grow in the Lord as much as we do.  We have to be selective and sometimes says no to relationships with certain people—even if they seem exciting and interesting.  True excitement and friendship come through sharing our lives in Jesus Christ.  We cannot always choose whom we will spend our time with daily.  But we can focus on sharing our lives—and our struggles—with those who are also seeking a closer relationship with God.  . . . 

We must avoid putting ourselves in situations that compromise our moral convictions.  While we must be in the world, we do not have to let the world be in us.

James P. Gills, M.D., Imaginations: More Than You Think, ppg. 142-143


Friend said...

Thank you for this reminder for our daily walk. I will be sharing this with our two sons, who are quickly becoming young men! As the author points out and if I can rephrase it a bit...We can not isolate ourselves from the world, but we can insulate ourselves from its harmful affects. Thank you Glenn for your daily words of encouragement!

Anonymous said...

A proverb comes to mind, he that walks with the wise will become wiser yet. But the companion of fools comes to ruin. Another passage - do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good character. Finally, iron sharpens iron.

Yes, we're in the world, but believers need to be seeking out wise, mature, fellow sojourners for counsel and true fellowship. Especially hard when blood relatives/family members are not of the family of God.


Anonymous said...

Thank-you Carolyn for pointing out those proverbs! I am always on the alert for more iron in this perishing world that we live in. Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11/13/15 7:51am, you're welcome. One more for you - not from Proverbs, but NT - the sheep know the voice of the Shepherd, and a stranger they will not follow. :)