Where Does Compromise Lead Us To?
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wicked." - Titus 2:11-14
Failed again! Is that the description of your emotion or life? It is for many of us. Even when we know exactly why we failed, some of us are unable to move past that trips us up. And for some, we are still searching for the source of our troubles without pointing to ourselves, therefore, all we do is run in circles. It happened to Elimelech when he decided to bring his family to the land of Moab from Bethlehem.
Israel, the Lord’s chosen nation, had a history of defeat from yielding to temptation instead of obeying God’s commands. Compromise defeats us, too. God calls His children to live obedient lives, but instead, we are usually occupied with our own self- centered needs (yes, most of us indentured self-centeredness as our spiritual gift). At the same time, we are influenced by both the world and the devil. The truth is that our selfish side prefers reinterpreting God’s commands to suit ourselves. The world clamors for us to join its way of thinking but shows little or no inclination to follow God’s way. Satan seeks to gain a foothold in our lives through our disobedience and compromise of God’s laws.
The Lord commands us to rid our lives of ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12), and He provides the Holy Spirit’s power, which enables us. When we compromise, the effectiveness of His power is diminished. But God wants us not to yield.
We learned from last week's sermon that Naomi learned from the choices that her late husband made. And when time comes for her to make the decision, she made the right decision by returning to the house of bread.
To fight compromise, begin with your thinking. Have you agreed with God that your attitude or action is displeasing to Him? Have you set your mind on obedience, whatever the cost? Only foolish people think they can compromise and still live a victorious Christ-centered life.