The Consequences of Compromise
Stuck again. Is that an apt description of your life? It is for many Christians. Even when they know exactly why they are stalled, some are unable to move past the sin that trips them up. Others feel blind to the source of their troubles but perceive that all they do is run in place. It can be a very discouraging situation.
Israel, the Lord's chosen nation, had a history of defeat from yielding to temptation instead of obeying God's commands. Compromise defeats us, too. God calls His children to live obedient lives, but instead, we are usually occupied with our own self-centered needs. At the same time, we are influenced by both the world and the devil. The truth is that our selfish side prefers reinterpreting God's commands to suit ourselves. The world clamors for us to join its way of thinking but shows little or no inclination to follow God's way. Satan seeks to gain a foothold in our lives through our disobedience and compromise of God's laws.
The Lord commands us to rid our lives of ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12), and He provides the Holy Spirit's power, which enables us. When we compromise, the effectiveness of His power is diminished. But God wants us not to yield.
To fight compromise, begin with your thinking. Have you agreed with God that your attitude or action is displeasing to Him? Have you set your mind on obedience, whatever the cost? Only foolish people think they can compromise and still live a victorious Christ-centered life.
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