The children of Israel were given specific instruction to not mingle with the enemy. The warning came because God knew that they would be entrapped. Their leader made a clear statement.
Joshua 24:14-15 says, “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
We know from verse 14 that they followed their father’s wrong example. They left God’s path to follow their own pursuits. Peer pressure is not just for the young. It affects every one of us when we fear what others will think. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare…”
Compromise is just one circle off the path of righteousness that the Lord has set us on at salvation. Our progressive sanctification journey trains our character. Romans 5:3-4 says that the Lord uses our trials.
The Lord never sets a temptation before us. We either flee or embrace satan’s design to entrap us. We are to be in the world, but not a partaker of its system. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “…For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
Verse 17-18 says, “…Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
We are called with a holy calling to be influencers through His light that shines through and out of us. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from every form of evil.” Abstain means to resist from doing something. If we look like the world, then how can we be the change agents to those who know us? Our goal is that they might know Him through our character of Christlikeness.