Feb 10 2018

No Compromise

2 Kings 13:18-19
(Elisha the prophet speaking) Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” and he struck it three times and stopped. So the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it.  But now you shall strike Aram only three times.”

Do you ever feel like you are not getting victory over a certain area of sin in your life?  There was a day when I would say that “well, I am not doing this or that all too much these days, therefore it was okay to indulge this area of my life just a bit.”  I would walk in a manner lying to myself that I had control over these things.  Time would pass and before I knew it I was enslaved to that sin yet again.  The enemies of Israel in the Old Testament represent sin.  The prophet said to the king in essence that had he showed vigor in his assault against that which sought to destroy him, as sin seeks to destroy us (John 10:10 says the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy), he would have conquered Aram in such a way that they could not return.  Where are you compromising and allowing the enemy to return or remain in your life?

1 John 3:8 tells us that “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” Christ had such a passion for us that He gave His all to bring us the ability by His Holy Spirit to have victory over sin in our lives and all that seeks to destroy us.  When we realize that the things we “play” with are seeking to ruin and keep us from the fullness of Life as He has desired for us……..there should be no compromise.

Lord, help us to recognize the areas in our lives where we may not be giving our all to You.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit anew that we may walk in the power of Your might over sin.

If you are struggling with an area of sin, go to a mature brother or sister and confess your sin before them and receive prayer and counsel.  James 5:16 says and I have seen it be true in my life “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

Always here for you.

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