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Jan 09

The Secret Ingredient

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Growing up, I am sure that your caregiver gave you strict instructions about the friends and associations that you should keep, and more importantly, those associations that you should not keep. God gave Israel clear instructions as to how they should enter Canaan and the associations that they should keep while inhabiting that land.

When the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you … you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them … for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the LORD would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. – Deu 7:1-4 ESV

Yet, the Israelites did not follow God’s command and as a result of their disobedience –

The people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel – Jdg 3:5-7 ESV

Today, God still speaks concerning our associations. The power of influence can be overwhelming and at the same time be unnoticeable. Therefore we must be extremely careful when making associations. Before you know it, an unhealthy relationship can change the way we think, what we say, where we go, and how we act – ultimately, turning our hearts from God to the world.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1Co 15:33 ESV

– From God’s mouth, to my heart, to the world –

DB

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