There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 NIV
Are you 100% certain that the way you think, your actions, your habits, and the things that you consider essential are in sync with the Word of God?
Often it is our desires or our emotions that lead us into a life of sinfulness because we have become accustomed to pursuing worldly pleasures. For those who possess misaligned habits that cause them to have double standards and live a life of compromise, God designates them as “Lukewarm.”
But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:16 NLT
Believer Alert! We are at a high risk of being deceived by Satan’s subtle entrapments daily. It is our behaviors that he uses to lure us from the narrow Path of Righteousness to the broad Path of Sin. Satan utilizes the powers of observation to place us in an area of compromise based on our personal preferences. Remember, God has not given Satan, a fallen being, the ability to read our minds! It is really a simple process to observe an individual and to learn their likes and dislikes.
Most of us look forward to some type of entertainment; who doesn’t love watching a great movie or reading a great book? There is nothing wrong with being unique in our likes and dislikes; however, our preferences present a problem when our likes cause a conflict between truth and error. Before choosing the movie or book, ask yourself, “Do I have to compromise godly standards to watch this program or to read this book?”
Let’s focus on a real-life situation: the movie that we have selected to watch has piqued our interest, as we begin to concentrate on the plot, we are feeling good that we have made the right choice; however, when the movie is at the halfway point, the dialogue begins to include “soft profanities,” what decision do we make?
We have reached the crossroads of vital decision-making! Satan is anxiously waiting: Do we overlook the profane words and continue to watch, or do we immediately turn the program off and search for something else?
The Apostle Paul expressed the dilemma of humanity:
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. Romans 7:15 NLT
Even so, God has the emergency rescue plan and is ready to activate it immediately, and every time we are at the Crossroads in our lives. We must take action: All it takes is a humble spirit and a contrite heart to call on God in prayer when we face the challenge of doing what is right-standards determined by God.
No temptation has overtaken you, except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
We must continue our journey with a made-up mind; either we are going to obediently follow God’s commands, or we will intentionally live according to our personal desires. There is no gray area or life of compromise when we choose to live a godly life. Yes, we will fall into sin; but we do not have to stay in the pit. It is a personal decision for each of us to make!
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NIV
Bible Readings: Proverbs 14, Romans 7
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for the sin of being a lukewarm Christian. We acknowledge that we have chosen compromise, and it has become our way of life. Thank you, God, for providing all that we need to seek after righteousness and to live as Overcomers. We are thankful for your love, your grace, and your mercies extended to us, although we have done nothing to deserve another chance. Thank you for sacrificing the life of your Son, Jesus, that we may be redeemed from our sins. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019