Bad company corrupts good morals. That is true of friends, advisers, co-workers, business partners, spouses, and anyone else with whom we spend a great deal of time. It’s true in our personal lives, in our work lives, and Proverbs tells us, even in politics.
Ezekiel 39 & 40
Bad Company & Politics
Bad Company Corrupts Morals & Politics
“Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.”
The king represented their system of government. Romans tells us “bad company corrupts good morals.” That is true in politics, as well as, in our personal lives. Let’s pray that our president-elect, politicians and other leaders would surround themselves with godly counselors.
But we also need to be wise in our personal choices of friends and associates.
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6.14).
We can’t always choose our co-workers, but we can be wise about how much time we spend with them during breaks and after work. We can be careful not to listen to gossip, complaining or advise from those who are ungodly.
If we’re already married to an unbeliever we need to fill our hearts and minds with God’s truth and seek to love them biblically while continuing to be salt and light. If we’re single we should only date someone who would be a godly spouse.
We need to choose our friends wisely. It’s not that we should never spend time with unbelievers, but our closest friends should be those who love God and will speak truth into our lives not tell us what we want to hear all the time.
Counsel should always be sought from those who will advise us from God’s Word and help us follow His principles (Ps. 1.1-3). There are many voices out there and sometimes worldly wisdom can sound so logical. But if it doesn’t square with God’s Word, we need to reject it and seek to live in ways that please Him.
Today’s Other Readings:
Our Exact God
As I read chapter 40 with all the measurements, the numbers of steps, the beveled windows, etc., I couldn’t help but remember that our God is a God of precision and order. He is fulfilling every word He has spoken and keeping every promise and He is doing so exactly as He intends!
When You’re Sick Turn God-Ward
14 Is anyone among you sick?
He goes on:
Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
The first thing we should do when we’re sick is to pray and, when necessary, to ask for prayer from others. James is not speaking against modern medicine. In fact, the anointing with oil probably referred to the medical help of James’ day, but our first response should be God-ward.
And just as we pray and ask God’s blessing on our food, we can do the same when seeking medical help. I frequently ask God to guide the doctor’s hands, to use the medicine for good, to give the doctors and technicians wisdom beyond their own abilities.
Verse 16 instructs us to confess our sins to one another. Not all sickness is caused by sin, but sin can cause sickness. We should be constantly examining ourselves and confessing our sins to God and one another. Perhaps when praying for someone who is sick, we should ask, “Is there anything you would like to get off your heart that I can pray about?” But we need to be careful not to assume that all sickness is the result of sin.
The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving
He will clothe His priests with salvation … and His saints will shout for joy! That’s us! What a great and awesome God we serve and what a great salvation He has provided. We should be thankful for all He has done. From the beginning it was always about Him. We tend to forget that in our secular society.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, let’s remember to thank the One who is the giver of all of our blessings!
James 1.17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
For what are you thankful this year?
Getting ready for 2017
The holidays are just around the corner and the new year will be on us before we know it. What will you do to make Bible reading an ongoing habit in the coming year? I’d like to encourage you to set a goal to read through the Bible.
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