Avoid any association with those who employ hollow words to entice you; unbelief only produces a breed of people that distorts the pattern of their design as image bearers of God; this certainly does not please God. (Mirror Bible)
Who is influencing you?
When you have “friends,” associates, people you know and interact with who don’t know Jesus Christ, you must be careful. As you listen to them, make sure the “logic” of their conversation, choices, behavior, and recommendations do not influence you. What union has light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Don’t develop partnerships with those who are not followers of Jesus’ teachings. For what real connection can exist between righteousness and rebellion? How can light participate in darkness? 15 What harmony can exist between the Anointed and Satan? Do the faithful and the faithless have anything in common? (The Voice TVT)
When your associations do not name the name of Christ, they have no problem with being manipulative, con artists, ditch diggers, and bone carriers. They would encourage you to be the same.
1 Corinthians 15:33 So stop fooling yourselves! Evil companions will corrupt good morals and character. (The Passion Translation TPT)
Do not be one of those “Christians” who stretch themselves to the edge and beyond if it fulfilled a wish, got them what you wanted, and/or got them something they convinced themselves they are “entitled” to. Stay away from them.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (KJV)
Always remember, you cannot get good from doing evil. Using ungodly measures to get a good thing is not a blessing from God.
Romans 3:8a Is it proper for us to sin, just so good things may come? May it never be! (The Passion Translation TPT)
Because you read your word continually, it arms you with truth. Then you are careful, and you will not choose advice that sounds good but is actually spiritually detrimental to you.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I know my primary reason for associating with those who don’t love You is so I can witness to them. I repent for the times that I gave myself a pass. Thank You for putting a hedge of protection around me so I didn’t allow negative influences to alter my path. Please continue to cover me. Please choose my friends for me. I don’t want to allow anyone who doesn’t honor You into my inner circle. Help me hide the word in my heart so I will refuse ungodly counseling that “sounds” right. I am aware manipulation, being sneaky or being the smartest one in the room, in order to get what I want is not Your way. Help me continue to wait on You for the blessings You’ve already ordained for me to have. Guide me so the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life don’t cause me to sin against You. Thank You for keeping me…