Your connections will either feed your soul with wisdom and power or diminish your ability to stand before God blameless. Who you connect yourself with is important to your stance in God. “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).” This means digital relationships as well as those that are physical. Anyone who is speaking in your ear on a continual basis should edify you. Edify, doesn’t mean make you feel good, but be good.
The hardest thing in life is disconnecting unprofitable relationships. Often times, you know the relationship is bogus, but because you are lonely you insist on keeping the vine connected, not realizing your stagnation is connected to this relationship. God did not speak with Abraham, until Lot left. God will not receive you and someone else. He wants a personal relationship with you. If you do not have personal time with God, you do not have a relationship with Him.
Don’t deceive yourself. God will not receive you and your ungodly connections. Of course, if you are married to someone unsaved, this does not mean divorce them, but those outside of the covenant should be evaluated for profitability. Every relationship you have should be profitable. It should encourage you in the Lord and not be a conduit for Satan to tempt you or control you. Your children included. Don’t overstep your boundaries with them and give them proper boundaries with you. Don’t be God in their life. Let God be God and you be the parent. You should take every opportunity to direct them to Jesus for their supply and not you. Prepare them early to become adults and sustain themselves without you.
Relational suicide is staying connected to ungodly people. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). Don’t let your connections destroy you. Solomon allowed the women he connected himself with to serve other gods. He received wisdom directly from God himself, but refused to disconnect himself and I believe he is in hell because we find no repentance after God’s warning and his name is absent from the men of faith list in Hebrews 11. Be careful. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Watch your relationships (internet included) closely.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend (James 2:23). Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14-15). Christians are friends of God. Like any friend there are great benefits from friendship. A friend shares there secrets, opens their home, gives gifts, and spends quality time. There are boundaries in friendship. Rules that keep the friendship intact. Obeying those rules keeps the friendship and breaking them will ruin it. Friends are faithful to you and you can trust them.
Being God’s friend is very much the same. Listen: You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). Do you hear God saying are you with me? Are you my friend? Don’t claim to be my friend and disobey the rules of our friendship or betray my trust by following my enemy.
Are you a friend of God? Do you want to be his friend? Be faithful to the rules of this friendship. He is always faithful and upfront about how he deals with his creatures called man. A friendship with God does not protect you from trouble, similar to a regular friend, but with the trouble like a regular friend God is there to comfort you.
Always keep this thought in mind. This world is not the home of the Christian. Our home is in heaven. Never forget that our friend (God) wants us to be close to him.
Here are simple words from my heart.
If this day causes you pain and suffering, I understand what it means to be lonely. I have experienced the sting of many lonely nights, crying myself to sleep, watching Lizzie McGuire. I have experienced the empty feeling of desiring someone close and realizing that alone I sit, stand, and sleep. The heavy heart and the despair of life can sometimes get quite shattering. I am amazed at how many Valentine days pass. Alas, I am saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and still I experience this. What is my hope or joy? It is Christ answer to prayer. It is the precious pain before the calm. It is our story. It is our saga. It is a great movie with all the implications that make movies great. The troubled waters before the peace that passes understanding, but does it end here? The movie ends on a note that is grand and leaves the audience to ponder the pleasure of the couple’s reunion, but what after? The story continues with more valleys and more peaks, the difference for the believer in Christ is this, our valleys and tears are being touched by God and he hears our prayer and will repay. The valleys and hills are the saga. Be of good cheer. Your day is coming. Stay the course and be strong and forget not this Valentine Day for when the memory of the past is gone we may be doomed to repeat it.
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