Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:10
Read: Daniel 3:12-18
Besides loving righteousness and hating evil, the righteous are identified by their zero tolerance for compromise. During hard and trying times, while some Christians use the situation as excuses for compromising their faith, the righteous happily use such times as opportunities to stand up for Jesus. Job 17:9 says:
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
The righteous will prefer to lose his or her job than compromise the faith. In Daniel 3, the three Hebrew children stood tall for Jesus. When their colleagues bowed to the golden image out of fear, they told the king, “O king, we respect you but we choose the fire to bowing down to a lifeless image”. God watches with keen interest whenever His children are asked to compromise. Your ability to say “No” to compromise is what gives you a standing before God. Some believers have no standing before God because they will compromise their faith for just anything. Such people are yet to know what it is to be a Christian. A compromising Christian is like cloud without rain, or candle without a flame. The fellow has lost his worth. Standing for Jesus adds value to your faith and gives you respect before God, demons and men.
You can resolve not to compromise again in the same areas you once disappointed God. Resolve to have some respect before God from today. When that lady comes again, tell her “No more!” When that brother comes calling and wants you to sin for just the last time, tell him, “No more!” Those who compromise are afraid of the wrong thing. They fear what they should not be afraid of and what they should fear, i.e. God, they do not. Also, they are too lazy to exercise their faith. Your boss threatens that if you do not dance to his evil music you will be sacked and you are panicking? No way! Not anymore! Tell him you cannot sin against God because you are in love with God. God can remove any boss at any time. You can only be sacked from there if God allows it. Stand up for Jesus today! No more compromise.
A woman who easily agrees to sleep with a man loses her value and would be treated like a whore. The woman who insists on sex only in marriage will be highly priced by God and men.
Bible in one year: Psalms 49-51