Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Therefore come out from among the unbelievers and separate yourself from them says the Lord; don’t touch their filthy things and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17 NLT
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But, watch yourself or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
I am truly blessed that I have enjoyed the fellowship of believers since childhood. The spiritual connection between individuals who love God has always been a source of encouragement during the tough times of life. Enjoying the laughter along with our testimonials of the goodness of God is uniquely special; it creates a bond of loving friendship.
Imagine a get-together with positive energy, no alcoholic beverages, no profanity or other vices. Christians are ordinary people; we discuss the Word of God, family, politics, social injustices, sports, our hobbies, likes and dislikes along with preparation for Christ’s Second Coming. What separates Christian fellowship from that of worldly gatherings is the spiritual awareness that God is omnipresent and that we must guard our thoughts, behaviors, and spoken words.
My social circle is very limited. Following biblical guidance prevents me from one of the world’s greatest defeats-peer pressure. Christian friendship is by no means perfect; we fall into sinful ways on a daily basis. However, our peers jump right in with plain talk, prayer, and godly-scriptural advice. Our responsibility expands beyond physical or emotional needs; we are helping one another prepare for eternal life.
If you do not have a Christian support system, there are steps that you can take to place yourself among your peers.
1. Ask God to send you to a Bible-based church.
2. Attend prayer meeting along with the weekly service.
3. Identify your spiritual gifts and strengths.
4. Express your desire to be an active participant. If you like helping others, Community Services, Homeless Ministries, Nursing Home/Homebound/Hospital visitation are just a few areas that allow you to use your talents.
4. Attend church activities such as potluck dinners and social events.
The Spirit of God is present among true believers. We are known by our fruits. Continue to pray and remain positive. God has already defined the criteria for our peers, and it never includes pressure.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I need to change who I associate with. Please guide me to the right church so I can be embraced by those who love you and are committed to serving you. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz