Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Read: 2 Corinthians 3:13-18
The company you keep influences your life. You gradually take the form, character, traits, likes, dislikes, habits and nature of those you associate with. This could have a negative or positive impact on your life. If you move with the wrong crowd, you will become like them. If you are a close associate of a thief, no matter how much you hate stealing, sooner or later, you will start making excuses for the thief or even join the fellow to steal. Little wonder 1 Corinthians 15:33 says:
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Do you know that, just as it is easier for someone downhill to pull down somebody from uphill so it is easier for somebody with loose morals to negatively affect someone with good morals? This is why you must keep unsaved friends at some distance – to enable you reach out to them, but safe enough to keep you from falling prey to the sins that have enslaved them. This year, you must separate from anything that can severe your relationship with Christ.
On the positive side however, you can become more like Jesus if only you can find time to be with Him. Yes, you can become like the Lord through association.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Stay in His presence. Make sure you attend regular meetings with God and His people. At home, find time to be in His presence with your family, feasting on His Word, praising and worshipping Him. Do everything you can to increase the number of times you come into His presence and you will see yourself taking on His nature, putting on the Lord Jesus. This will make situations, circumstances, friends and foes to respond positively to you. Some people cannot even read a chapter of the Bible for a day; they are only robbing themselves of His glory. Do you know that if you read 40 chapters a day, you can finish the whole Bible in one month? You should read or listen to several chapters each day and meditate on some of the passages and you will gradually become like Him.
If you don’t want to be like the person you are moving with, separate from that fellow today.
Bible in one year: Philippians 1-4