MONDAY August 6, 2018
Awake to Righteousness
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
I Corinthians 15:33-34
Paul warned the Corinthians of deception. They needed to wake up! He wanted them to understand that if they hung around those who held to the philosophy: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die,” then they would be infected by them, and their lives as Christians would be corrupted.
People in the Church, and especially young adults in High School, need to learn: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Christians who study and obey the Word of God have established good habits, but if they begin to hang around bad company, they will be influenced to compromise. They will stumble as they become just like them. When a believer compromises, they think, I am only going to have this one drink.
Pastor Chuck Smith used to say, if you came out of the world and you were an alcoholic, then you should not get a coke from the bar. If you were a homosexual, then you surely do not want to go to West Hollywood, because you will fall into sin and end up backsliding. Do not hang out with people who used to do the things you did when you were in the world.
Be careful with the friends you choose. It is important to understand that you become who you hang out with. Are they trying to get you away from God, or are you drawing them to God?
Think of how many people fall into sin by feeding their fleshly desires when they watch movies or programs on their computer. They ask pastors, “Why did I fall?” But no wonder! Whatever you feed your fleshly desires with that will influence your character, and who you are going to be. We should know better because we know the Word of God. We should be investing in the kingdom of God and not our flesh.
Associate yourself with people of good quality for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
~A. W. Tozer~
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