One of the easiest ways to be derailed by the enemy, is to live a life of Compromise. Compromise, is our way of listening to both the good and evil little voices that stand on our shoulders, speaking to us when we are trying to make a decision and finding a middle ground. Is that really wrong? After all, most of us are taught at a very early age, that if we are arguing with someone, to find common ground or to compromise. So what is so wrong about compromising as we get older?
Compromise or finding common ground in this spiritual battle we are in, is wrong. Let me say again, it is wrong. God says that we are either for Him or against Him. The easiest way for Satan to get a foothold in our lives, is to trick us into believing it won’t hurt anybody or just this one time won’t hurt. Those are lies my friends and if you have ever been down that road, like I have, then you know it is true. Satan is the master of deception and He will twist, turn, pull, prod, or anything else he can, to make you compromise the principles of God and what He is wanting you to do.
Take it from this angle. Have you ever been watching a movie or listening to a song and you know you are being convicted to turn it off? Most of us have. If you ignore that conviction, saying “it is just this or that”, you are compromising what God has for you. Why is it so wrong? Those things are like poison. They penetrate to our very core and spread that poison into every area of our lives. Before we know it, our world is spinning out of control and the life that we once knew, is long gone. A little dramatic you say? How many of you have ever cursed or said something or did something that leaves you wondering, “where on earth did that come from”? It came from that very poison.
The world we live in is full of evil and full of things that can tear you down faster then you can blink. The Bible warns and tells us to put on the Armor of God daily for this very reason. We are constantly under attack. Let’s say you are a soldier in battle. Your Commander gives you specific instructions of what to do and what not to do in the battle field. However, in the midst of the battle, you decide to leave your platoon because you think you have a better way. What happens next is obvious, but I share anyway just to make my point. You end up being captured by the enemy, bound up, chained, most likely tortured or beaten and eventually killed. All because you CHOSE to ignore the Commander and do your own thing. It is no different on our battle field. Each day we are given instructions from our Commander and we go into our battle fields, the enemy is waiting to strike, and we wonder right into his trap. Our battle field is real. If you are a Christian, you are at battle everyday. When we compromise God’s principles for our own, it does nothing but lead to a terrible destruction. Whether it is in our marriage, our values, our beliefs, having sex before marriage, or simply just not believing a particular passage of the Bible applies to you, compromising is wrong.
Now, I know I’m going to hear this. “We are not under the law, we are saved by Grace.” This is true. However, this has to do with those who like to ride the fence or those who like to put God into and out of their lives at their convenience. Much like a child, we are given instructions from our Father to help protect us. When I was younger, I was riding up and down the drive way at my dads house. He came out to go to work and told me to stop because it was dangerous. I did briefly, but the moment he was gone, I started again. Then BOOM. I got ran over by a conversion van. It knock me out, and took every last bit of skin off my back. Not to mention the pain of the cleaner that my step mother and dad poured on to it. God knows what these things lead to in our lives. He loves you enough to try and warn you and to protect you from getting hurt. Don’t be like me and think you know better than your Father. Heed His warning and stop doing what you know He wants you to stop. Stop compromising His Truth for the lies of the enemy. If you don’t, you will pay for the consequences of your decisions, not because God wants to punish you, but because you CHOSE to believe you knew better than God. You chose to believe and buy into the lies and deception of the enemy. Let’s be honest. Let’s get real. Our choices we make don’t just effect us, the effect everyone around us. And that is exactly what the enemy wants, not just for you to be defeated, but for all those around you as well… your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, EVERYONE!
Gods Word is the same yesterday, today and forever more. It is the very Truth, the Whole Truth and nothing but the Truth. It is what we should guard ourselves with daily and what we should look to for instruction in a difficult time of decision making. Satan will try everything in his power to try and deceive you, so you must combat that with the only thing that is an absolute… Gods Word. God gave us the freedom of choice in all we do, but it is up to us to choose wisely and to choose the path of that which follows His Will. We never can go wrong by choosing the path by which He has approved for us. So seek Him first in all you do.
Application: Get Real! Get serious about what is going on in this world. Pay attention to your choices. Compare your decisions with the Word of God before making that final choice. Don’t let Satan claim another victim. Stand strong in your faith. Guard yourself with the Armor of God!