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Daily Devotional - April 22nd

Apr 22, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read - Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; Proverbs 13:20-23

Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

This is no time to surround yourself with, or take counsel from people who live contrary to the truth. The clouds of adversity seem to be pressing in at every turn and the last thing needed in your life is doubt and unbelief spewing from the mouths of fools.

Pay close attention to those you consider as potential partners or associates in work related situations. Remember, the Word of God is quite clear on this subject, "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers." For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? -2 Corinthians 6:14-15. Be watchful, and do not align yourself in contractual agreements with those who don't share your values because this could have serious ramifications, especially in this current hour we find ourselves.

Guard your hearts and minds from the influences of the carnal Christian - those who choose to walk the fence with one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. Their advice and counsel comes from a mixed bag of spirit and soul. This is a destructive combination leading to confusion and double-minded thinking.

Uninvited negativity comes at us all day, every day. Newspapers, television, radio, and the internet explode with bad news that keeps getting worse. So why do we place ourselves in situations where we actually invite more pessimism into our day by fellowshipping with those who walk outside the light of Christ?

As believers, we don't cease evangelizing and befriending the world with the purpose of bringing them into the truth of the gospel, but we need to be the ones influencing them and not the other way around.

If you desire to grow and mature in the things of Christ, walk side by side with those who are mighty in God. Wisdom comes from gleaning and learning from those who are wise. Likewise, partying and playing with worldliness brings a stench of the world into our lives.
 
Wise people beget wisdom
Fools beget foolishness
Which one do you want to emulate?

Lord Jesus, help me choose my friends wisely. Forgive me for using evangelism as an excuse to compromise. Your Word is very clear that we are in the world, but not of the world. Your Word also says we are to come out and be separate from the world. I do not have to become like the world to win the world.  You never once compromised who You were or watered down Your message to win those You ministered too. You ate and talked with the sinner, but never sinned to convey Your message. Lord, lead me to those who will influence me in righteousness and will cause me to grow in wisdom. I want to be wise in my walk with You. Amen!