FRIDAY 5TH MARCH, 2021
THEME: SEPARATE FROM EVIL ASSOCIATES
PASSAGE: EZRA 10:1-12
MEMORY VERSE: Ezra 10:11 “Now honour the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do His will, separate yourself from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.”
HYMN: MHB 746 (10.7.10.7. and refrain) – I AM Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice.
Evil communication corrupts good manners. It is also often said that when you show me your friend, I can tell you the kind of person you are. So it is important how we choose the kind of people we associate with.
Separating from evil associates does not mean we are to live in isolation, but, according to Psalm 1, we are not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Remember the Word of Jesus Christ that says we are in the world but not of the world. The danger of constant fellowship with evil associates is the tendency to be integrated gradually, unknowingly, and then backsliding will come.
What kind of friends do you keep? Anyone or group you associate with that has no contribution to your spiritual and mental growth, and cannot help you to make progress in life should be done away with.
We are Christ’s ambassadors here on earth. Therefore, there should not be any association between Christ’s ambassador and the devil’s ambassador. What relationship has light with darkness and what union has the children of God with Belial? Don’t make the mistake of saying you want to be like them in order to convert them, it will backfire. Your duty is to preach Christ to them and pray that God would touch their lives and not to live the lives they live. A child of God should not associate with anyone who tells lies, cheats, backbites, causes division among brethren, speaks a dirty language, gambles etc.
Come out from them; let God use you as the light of the gospel to preach unto them for salvation (2 Cor. 6:14-18; Ephesians 4:23-32).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, endue me with the grace and strength to do away with every association that can make me forsake You. Amen.
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