We tell this to our kids all the time, but sometimes we ourselves don’t follow this advice. Hanging out with sinners only leads to sin. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time, which can lead to a lifetime of penance, is often from the company we keep.
God tells us to keep company with Christians for a reason (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). We are stronger together. The opposite is also true: we are weaker together.
The Bible has a ton of verses on keeping good company (link HERE for more).
My advice: hang out with those whom you admire, emulate, and want to become. Those who have morals and values and a good heart. Those with a desire to help others. Those with a desire to help you achieve your goals, aspirations, and dreams. Helpers not inhibitors. Light not dark.
John 14:26: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Great words from this past year’s study of John, reminding us that we don’t need to have everything figured out. The Holy Spirit will teach us what we need to know when we need to know it. So quit worrying!
Matthew 21:22: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Just a reminder God desires faith first. Faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Faith in Him. And faith in God’s will for your life. Believe with all your heart in God. Ask with all your heart for what He desires. Ask for miracles. Ask for big things. Ask for little things. Ask, ask, and keep asking. God hears. God answers. He promises. He never fails.
Colossians 3:12: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Focus on every word here: We are God’s chosen people to be by His side for all of eternity, thus being holy and dearly loved by Him. As such, we need to be compassionate towards others, show kindness, be humble and gentle and patient. If we could just remember this one verse throughout our day, imagine how our lives and the lives of those around us would be changed. He would be the center. And those around us would be drawn toward Him as we shine God in all that we do.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As some of you know, I’ve been on a job search lately. A job that works for my family and yet affords me an opportunity to do more with my life. On Wednesday, I received an offer for an accounting position for a start-up company. Part-time to start. More responsibilities as the company grows. It pays little; but I’ll learn a ton! I’m very excited.
This verse came to mind to comfort all those on the search for a job or a new career or direction in life. Find comfort in God who knows all and will lead you wherever He wants you in His time. Trust Him. That’s all He asks of you.
Psalm 3:3: “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”
The Lord is our protection from the pain and hurt of this world. Recently, I’ve been hurt by a friend who was too afraid to tell me the truth. But I took refuge in God’s shield around me–in the One True God who lifts up my head and shines upon my face. Nothing else matters. Nothing.
I was thinking what I could do to stay in the Word during the summer and devotionals came to mind. But simple devotionals. Something to keep those of us who struggle without accountability accountable. And blogging here with you all will help me (and I pray you all too) immensely.
So three times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri baring vacations) I’ll post one Bible verse and a small commentary. My goal is to keep it short, simple, and pithy. Not to be overwhelming during the summer when we’re all going in a dozen different directions in one day. But just a brief pause to contemplate Him and what He’s doing in our lives. I hope you find this helpful and feedback would be immensely appreciated.
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Difficulties don’t last; they are transitory. My grandmother always used to say in 6 months you’re problems today will be gone, most likely replaced with something else. So quit worrying, give your sorrows, pain, and trouble up to Him and let it go.