Thursday, October 17th, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
" Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans 16:17)
As a Christian, it's so important that you avoid wrong associations. Keep away from people that try to corrupt your spirit with negativism, because it's poisonous to your spirit. The Bible says, "...evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV).
Oftentimes, your association could determine whether you'll be productive or unproductive. You'd consciously have to put away those things or people causing you distractions, to make much progress in life. If you keep company with murmurers and complainers, you're going to be where they are. So, don't "sit where they sit"; be different. Be positive and excited about life.
There're different ways Satan can come into people's lives to mess things up; he can come through distractions, wrong influences, or wrong associations. It's therefore important that you protect your spirit from corrupt influences.
Avoid people who peddle rumours, bad news, and only see the negative side of everything. When you separate yourself from distractions, you're more focused and your fellowship with the Holy Spirit will be enriched. It's like "refining gold"; removing the leftover impurities after the smelting process, so as to unveil the beauty of the pure gold.
As you identify and eliminate the sources of distractions in your life, your life becomes more inspiring. You become a source of progress and prosperity to others. Praise God!
PRAYER "Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the correction and guidance I receive from your Word. By the help of your Spirit, I identify any association that could impede my growth in the things of the Spirit, and I thank you for granting me the courage and confidence to eliminate them, in Jesus' Name. Amen."