FRI. 22nd FEB, 2019
THEME: PEER PRESSURE
TEXT: PROV. 1: 10–15
10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14. Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15. My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
One of the greatest challenges facing Christians today is peer pressure. Many believers enter into sin, not because they wanted to sin but, most times, are lured into such acts by their peers. A story was told about a girl who was brought up in the Christian way but lost her way to sin when she entered the University where she was lured into sexual immorality by her room mates. She ended up losing her life in the process of abortion.
The passage for today is a warning against enticement. The passage unveils various means through which sinners lure others to sin. Some of them are:
-Enticement (verse 10) – They make their sinful act look attractive by arousing one’s desire or hope. They make offers in order to convince the person that wrong is right. The writer of Proverbs says, “Do not give in to them.”
-Materialism (verse 13) They shift ones attention to wealth and material things as they will say; “We will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder.”
-False hospitality (verse 14) – they give one a warm welcome into their fold. In fact, most times they lay helping hands to their victim all in a bid to gain their attention.
These strategies are geared toward leading one into the way of sin which in turn leads to destruction. However, in verse 15, we are strictly warned by the writer that “My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths.” Avoid careless and aimless visitations! Also, keep away from secretive meetings and hidden places.
Ask yourself, ‘What kind of friends have I been keeping? Are they godly or sinful?’ ‘Is there any way that I have been approving the enticement of sinners?’ ‘Have I allowed my peers to influence me?’ If so, you can ask Jesus to help you retrace your steps.
Remember that sin will lead to destruction. We can withstand the enticement of the devil and his agents by exhibiting godliness in our daily living, associating with godly friends and engaging ourselves in meaningful exercises. This way we can avoid devilish enticements. Remember, without holiness, no one shall see the Lord (Hebrew 12:14).
HYMN: EMHB 322
1: SINNERS Jesus will receive;
Sound this word of grace to all
Who the heavenly pathway leave,
All who linger, all who fall.
Sing it o’er and over again:
Christ receiveth sinful men;
Make the message clear and plain:
Christ receiveth sinful men.
2: Come, and He will give you rest;
Trust Him, for His Word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest:
Christ receiveth sinful men.
3: Now my heart condemns me not,
Pure before the law I stand;
He who cleansed me from all spot
Satisfied its last demand.
4: Christ receiveth sinful men,
Even me with all my sin;
Purged from every spot and stain,
Heaven with Him I enter in.
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with the wise grows wiser but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
PRAYER: O Lord, enable me to withstand peer pressure to commit sin. Help me to live righteously in order to see you at last in Jesus’ name. Amen.