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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 58 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do very baptist clarksbridgecom. You ever been on a seesaw? Many of us have been on a sea saw. If you have it, try to find a part that has a seesawl and go and experience it. It's especially fun when you're little. We had them on playgrounds at Mile Elementary School and we played on them, but we learn quickly that the key to enjoying a seesawl is balance. If you got on the sea saw and...

...it was unbalanced, it was not too enjoyable. And some of you know what I'm speaking about. You know what's true about a see saul is also true about life. The key to enjoying a seesaw is creating that balance. The key to enjoying life its balance as well. Are Reading for today is numbers thirty one through thirty three and in this couple of chapters. We see the defeating of the MEDIANITES, we see the Trans Jordan tribes, Gad and Reuben, but we're going to focus specifically on numbers. Chapter thirty three versus fifty and fifty three. I want to read that for you. I want you to think about balance in life as we read this. On the plains...

...of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho, the Lord said to Moses, speak to the Israelites and say to them, when you cross the Jordan into Canaan, drive out all the inhabitants of the land, destroy all their carved images and their cast outs and demolish all their high places. Take possession of the land and settle in it, or I have given you the land to possess. God made it clear to his children that the promised land would either be possessed by Canaanites or by Israelites. To the to allow the land be possessed by both Canaanites and Israelites would destroy the Israelites, and it did.

To live with pagans is to become one, and that's what God was trying to teach his children. What is true of the land is true of our lives. Be careful with whom you associate. Again, today we are seeing God teaching his children to avoid bad company, something we've spoken about before, something we've seen in scripture before, something will see in scripture time and time again. PROVERBS DEALS WITH IT, Paul deals with it. God is sending a message to his children be careful with whom you associate, because surely bad company corrupts good morals. God says it over and over and over again.

So why was God teaching the children of Israel this again? Because they had learned it. Yet, much like you and I, if we don't learn these lessons, God will teach them to us over and over again. Unlesson we must truly learn and apply to our lives and our children's lives and our grandchildren's lives and our great grandchildren's lives. If your good Christian friends keep tempting you, then get away from them. I don't care what they claim, I don't care how many times they go to church each month. If they're good Christian friends, but they're tipting get away from their hearts may be pure, but such temptation will devastate and destroy you and I. Yet I...

...can obviously hear the young Christian say, well, but Jesus was a friend to sinners. Yes, he was. So how do we bouance being a friend to sinners with bad company, corrupts good morals? Where do we find that balance? There appears to be a misunderstanding of scripture by many. Many young and well meeting ministers argue for close relationships with those who would pull them down. Why? Because Jesus was a friend to sinners. Yes, we admit riddling. Jesus was a friend of sinners, but he spent most of...

...his time with Peter, James and John, three men who loved Yachtwa, Jehovah, God, three men who would pursue God, who would follow God. And then after that he spent the next most of his time with the other nine disciples. In other words, even though he was a friend of sinners, those that he spent Friday nights with and Saturday nights with were those who love God or those who were focused on heaven, who trust to God and pursued God. Yes, we should be friend all, but our closest friends should challenge us to become more like Christ. And if our closest friends are tempting us to become more like the world rather than challenging us to become...

...more like Christ. Then we're out of balance. Balance is to have our postest friends challenging us to be like Christ, but being friends with others, being friends with sinners, but being challenged become more like Christ by our posest friends. Too many times I've watched his well meeting Christians become best friends with bad company in order to help their friends get better or pasture. I'm I'm ministering to them, to fix them. And, by the way, I've seen that in dating relationships, awesome, where young ladies will date someone who's not challenging her to follow Christ and she dates them to fix them, or...

...young men the same way. Well, she's got a good heart. I I'm trying to help her. I call it missionary date. So far, on every occasion or I've seen a strong Christian have a very close friendship with one that's not so strong, there has been a change, but it's never been on the one that's not strong. Every time I've seen this occur, the strong Christian has come down. Wasn't the Christian that wasn't so strong that came up. It was the strong Christian that came down, thus confirming Paul's words. Bad Company corrupts good morals. Pastor, they're not bad company.

If they're tempting you to not follow Christ, then they're bad company. Doesn't matter how good their heart is, doesn't matter how many times they attend church, they're corrupting us. God knew that with Israel. He knew the Canaanites would corrupt them and he said you've got to remove them, and Israel did. The Canaanites corrupted Israel, just as God knew they would. But even so, as we apply this to our friends, we aught apply it into our lives as well. In order for God to have all of us, we must receive remove the sin that's in our lives. We must remove the...

...evil so God can possess all of our life. There's the areas of our lives we refuse to give to God, which are always waging war with God. There's a big difference in being close to the promised lad, almost getting in there and being in the promised land. There's a big difference in being close to trust in God and trust in God. The key to living the Christian life is to keep God's word as balanced as God gave it and trusting him through it. If you get God's word out of balance, that's going to hurt. Going to have some bruises on your bottom, just like you do if you got to see saul out of balance. A great lesson,...

...not only from the see Saul but from the pages of scripture, of keeping our life as balanced as scripture teaches. Keeping scripture balanced and not getting it out of balance. Well, are reading for tomorrow is numbers, chapter thirty four through thirty six, but I want to pray for you before we go today. Father, we thank you again for this wonderful lesson of life through the pages of scripture. Lord, you've taught the children of Israel that they couldn't be in the land with the Canaanites because the Canaanites would end up destroying Unlesson we must apply in our lives with our friends. Bad Company corrupts good morals and we need to keep that in balance of your word. Have our...

...closest friends be those who challenge us to follow you. But it's also a reminder in our personal lives the areas that we don't yield to you are at war. The areas that are yielded to you. Lord, we can't allow those areas to grow. We've got to, in Jesus name, conquer those areas less they overtake our lives. Lord, May that be true for myself and all of us, that, in Jesus name, conquer those areas that are not submitted to you. Pray this will your glory and honor. Amen. Well, thank you again for joining us today. I will see you tomorrow.

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