Day two: Only Surround Yourself With People Who Agree With You (22:8-14)
This is the second way that we destroy our lives. Surround yourself with people who will always agree with you. Make sure that you are only friends with people who will always validate what you are doing and always agree with your decisions.
We cannot cut ourselves from others in the church just because we do not like what they say to us. Do not surround yourselves with only people who agree with you or you will destroy your life.
Thoughts: Be careful who you surround yourself with. Can you receive truth and correction and honor?
Sharing truth without love is useless. Love must be our motive.
Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners. We can do the same for people.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.””
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:37-38
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, Ephesians 6:14
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.”
2 Corinthians 13:8
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.”
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37 NLT
Teach us LORD how to hate sin but love the sinner.
How much time am I spending listening to the LORD and seeking his counsel.
What are some harsh things we need to share that we must not hold back about our faith and doctrine?
The challenge for us is that we are creatures who prefer the approval of those around us. Peer pressureis a powerful thing, but the Bible shows us the importance of not following the crowd, but rather seeking to follow what is right in the eyes of God. As Paul put it, we should not be conformed to the world system; instead, we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1–2) through what God has communicated in His Word. Following the crowds will get us in trouble. Peer pressure is such a temptation for people that, even as part of God’s law for Israel, revealed through Moses, God warned the people not to be pressured to follow the crowd into wrongdoing.
The church today, more than ever, needs to re-examine the teachings it endorses. We need to ask ourselves the following questions:
• Are our teachings truly from God or simply itches we want to scratch?
• Are we standing on solid biblical grounds, or have we allowed the world to influence our thinking?
• Have we guarded ourselves from the schemes of Satan (Ephesians 6:11)?
• Are we keeping ourselves “blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?
The truth is, God is not concerned with scratching our itches but in transforming us into the image of His Son (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
A list of things the world and atheist find harmful from Christianity. Check it out and ask God to help you learn to defend your faith.