Saturday, October 12, 2013

Compromising Faith


I Kings 11:1-3  Now King Solomon loved many foreign women.  Besides Pharoah’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.  The LORD had clearly instructed his people not to intermarry with those nations, because the women they married would lead them to worship their gods.  Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.  He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.  And sure enough, they led his heart away from the LORD.

For someone who was so wise, Solomon sure acted foolishly.  He understood a lot of things, but he didn’t understand that he had to practice what he preached in all areas of his life.  God requires of us total obedience, not just obedience in those areas we want to obey Him in. 

Compromising God’s Word to suit our desires never has worked and never will.  God will not spare us the consequences of our disobedience.  Solomon was lured away from God by his many wives.  He embraced their gods and pushed God out of the way.  We are not told if he ever repented of his sin.  If he didn’t, what a tragic way to end a life that God had blessed so richly.

It doesn’t take much to get the ball rolling.  Just a little compromise soon leads to a bigger compromise.  If left unchecked things will soon get way out of hand.  We soon will find ourselves so far away from God that we scarcely care anymore.  Our hearts grow cold towards Him and we embrace all kind of things that are not good for our souls.

Compromise confuses the soul.  It becomes harder and harder to know what is of God and what is of Satan.  We begin to accept those things that make us feel good and serve our purposes.  We lose sight of our need to live under the authority of God over us.  God becomes our servant instead of us being His servants.

Dear friend, compromise destroys the soul.  You will stay connected to God only if you unwaveringly stay connected to His Word.  There is only one way to God and that is through our living His way.  Stay in the Word, study it, and live it.  Examine your ways to see if you are living life according to God’s Word.  If you are not, then you need to repent and change today.

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