Spiritual Compromise

"Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people."  Jude 3

In our desire not to offend, we often go too far in the other direction and give people the impression we condone bad behavior.  But what we condone, we actually encourage.

Three Laws of Compromise

1.  It begins slowly, almost without our notice.

In our desire to be liked or avoid criticism, we take the easy path, the one of least resistance.

2.  It happens when we get out of balance.

For example, when we share the gospel, we emphasize the love of God, but mention nothing about His wrath and displeasure with sin.

3.  It forms a habit hard to break.

Most of us know what it's like to cheat on a diet.  "Just a little indulgence, that's all."  But the scales don't lie.

How to Overcome Compromise

1.  Meditate on God's Word in order to know what God's mind is on any given matter.

2.  Pray for strength to take a stand.

3.  Speak up when you need to.

When God calls you to take a stand, take it, and He will bless you for honoring His name.

4.  Avoid spiritual shortcuts.

If God has marked out a path in Scripture, we shouldn't suppose we can up with a better one.  Follow His Word and begin to take a stand.

5.  Trust in God to protect you. 

Hebrews 13:5 says, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." 

When we take a stand for God, we honor His name and draw people to Christ.  It might mean that we will face a personal setback in the world's eyes, but we will come out on top in the end.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jacqueline Downs wrote:
Dear Pastor Sam, this is so true. We must take a stand for Christ. I went to the post office and upon leaving I heard a conversation between 2 men and one was using curse words to express himself and praising God in the same breath. I offered him a card to attend Sunrise church and to my amazement he said he was a member there, that God had healed his marriage and kept him out of jail. He told me to give the card to the man he was speaking with and I did. I felt like if I said anything to him about his potty mouth he may be offended so I prayed for him. I pray that God will show me a loving way to deal with situations like this. The same day another member used foul language in the church in a group setting everyone was speechless. I felt so convicted because I didn't take a stand so pray for me and the members that are having difficulty in their lives with this problem. Pray that the Holy Spirit will direct me when and how to speak in all situations where I need to stand up for Jesus without judging anyone. Gods blessings

Sat, February 4, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

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