Two related truth, one from the Old Testament and one from the New:
Proverbs 12:26 – The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Or, “Bad company corrupts good character.”
See any connection?
Wow. What a sobering way to begin the week.
A spiritually minded man will never come to you with the demand— ‘Believe this and that’; but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One Whom the Bible reveals (cf. John 5:39–40 ).
Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples,’ not— make converts to your opinions.
The following post is from Carter Conlon, pastor of Times Square Church in New York City. It is a message that has stirred my soul to be less of me and more of Him. To quote the words of John, “He (Jesus) must increase, and I must decrease.” I pray you will also have your faith renewed as we continue to watch the coming darkness approach.
AND I SOUGHT FOR A MAN
by Carter Conlon
The Book of Ezekiel speaks of an hour of decline in Israel— a nation that had claimed to know and walk with God. Sadly, the reality was that they had fallen far from the standard God had set for them. It has been the pattern throughout history that when the sin of a people reaches a certain point, God releases His hand of protection, and the nation begins to consume itself by virtue of its own behavior. We see this illustrated in the following passage:
“And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 22:23–25).
Typically when a nation is beginning to stray from righteous living, the voice of a prophet is raised up to warn the people of what is to come— the succession of events that will inevitably unfold if they do not return to God. Yet in this case, the prophets in Israel had become compromised. They were “taking the precious things,” or in other words, robbing the people of the treasure of God that should have been available for that generation. “Making her many widows” means that families were beginning to break apart; the strength of the nation was being lost.
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When dealing with Babylon in the Scriptures we find ourselves concerned with the Fall of Babylon, the final Destruction of Babylon and, of course, Mystery Babylon as described in Revelation 17 and 18. Or, the FDM of Babylon.
But wait, there is also the city of Babylon built on the plain of Shinar, the nation of Babylon that was conquered by the Persians and the evil system of Babylon that is cursed and condemned by God in the Scriptures.
So which one is it? Which one is Zechariah talking about in the visions he was given by the Lord? Listen and find out.
The following is a study on Zechariah 5:5-6:8.
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In showing the contrast between our comfortable, commonplace, human way of thinking and the lofty, spiritual way of living, Oswald Chambers makes the following profound statement:
The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere.
Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth.
Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said “Except ye … become as little children.” Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.