Monday, October 20, 2008

The Cutoff Point

We cannot flirt with ungodliness and expect to flourish. In the arts ministries, temptation abounds as gifts and perceived anointings become very attractive to people. Because of pride of association, many people will flock to popular dance ministers and worshippers for the wrong reasons. We aim daily to walk closely with the Lord and obey His Word. There may also be times when sin will try to overtake us. We must resist evil and continue to walk in the light.

If there are friends that we fellowship with regularly who practice sinful lifestyles, we are foolish if we think that we will not be influenced by them. This does not mean that we will do the same things that others do, but it can open the pathway for us to relax our standards of holy living. Spending time talking on the phone with people who are constantly gossiping or spreading divisive information can also lead us away from the path of righteousness. We must review all of our close associations frequently and make any cuts that are necessary to continue standing.

We do not have to be unloving or insensitive when we have to sever relationships that are no longer lining up with the call of God on our lives. Maintaining co-dependent relationships that are detrimental to our lives and ministries must not be allowed to continue unchecked. When the Lord reveals to us that it is time to move on, we must ask for the wisdom and timing make the necessary changes without regrets.

Amos 3:3 (NKJV)
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

Psalm 37:9 (NKJV)
For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 94:23 (NKJV)
He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

James 4:4 (NKJV)
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

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