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Bad Company

  • Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the way of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers; But his delight is in Yahweh's law; On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1 WEB

    Though it did not start out that way, or show itself immediately, we slowly became like them. First standing around talking, and then sitting and listening to the cynical, bitter gossip in church. Before too long, I felt just like they did and I could begin to hear it in my speech. I am not sure why I did not see all this negativity before. How could I have missed it? It was very subtle and crept in. Finally we got a grip on it, moved away from that side of the church, and life was better.

    Walking, standing, sitting is progressive and a gradual slowing in the speed of your walk. In 1 Corinthians 15:33, Paul wrote that 'Bad company corrupts good character.' While it is certainly relevant outside of the church, we found that it can be pretty bad inside the church as well. The fruit of the Spirit is: 'Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control' (Galatians 5:21'23). None of those were present in the company that we kept.

    The company that you keep will affect your outlook on life. They can bring out the best in you, or the worst. They can inspire you, or depress you. Many are happy where they are and will not want you to grow. Do not hang out with bad company, as they will bring you down to their level.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You and pray that You give me the right friends. Help me to be aware of my surroundings and bad influences in my life. I want to grow in Your likeness so please give me the grace and strength to make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You and pray that You give me the right friends. Help me to be aware of my surroundings and bad influences in my life. I want to grow in Your likeness so please give me the grace and strength to make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen YES!! This and so much more!!! Father help me to make good choices, remove the bitter, the angry, the jealousy, take away the fear, the doubt, the insecurities. Let ME be your hands and feet! Help ME to give others only your love in abundance. Place the good influences in my life and remove those negative influences for good. In Jesus name I pray <3 thank you Pastor... I guess I really needed to hear this today:) But God already new that ;) thanks for all your inspired words. God bless

January 28, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Very good! Conviction I feel is a real deal!! that makes the difference, along with guilt---I pry for the right people to come into My life! In the mean time, the Lord is good all the time!!!!!

January 28, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!

January 28, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I do know that God will help me pick good friend's. He also brings others into my life for a reason.

January 28, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

January 28, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen we must be careful who we spend time with, so not to be led away from God and aquire ungodly sins and habits from them, It is not biblical but indeed we are the company we keep.

January 28, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

January 28, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

It's hard when your at work and you have gossip and favoritism in your department which causes the bitterness.  What makes it worst is that your director is part of the favoritism, he doesnt treat everyone equal,  and is a Sunday christain.  He uses the Lord name in vain and swears like a sailor, and he knows that I am a Christian,  24/7. All I can do is pray!  Lord give me strength. 

January 28, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

This is what my mother used to tell me when I was growing up I'm so blessed that I listen to her Amen 

January 28, 2017
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Barbara Brodowski
Barbara Brodowski

Prayer : Heavenly Father I pray that you remove all negativity in me and those around me , and let my inner fruit of the spirits that you have given me , come to life in you ! Praise you my Lord ! Amen 

 

January 28, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you for this message Pastor Dion. This is something I needed to hear today. You have to be a very strong person not to let your friends views influence you and you hope that your influnce will rub off on them. Unfortunately this does not always happen.  I pray your prayer in the name of Jeusu Christ Amen.

January 28, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!   Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)           I don't want to to hang out with bad company. Amen. <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You and pray that You give me the right friends. Help me to be aware of my surroundings and bad influences in my life. I want to grow in Your likeness so please give me the grace and strength to make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. 

January 28, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

   Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You and pray that You give me the right friends. Help me to be aware of my surroundings and bad influences in my life. I want to grow in Your likeness so please give me the grace and strength to make the right decisions, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 29, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  help me make the right decisions.

January 29, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I thank you and pray that you give me the right friends. Help me to be aware my surroundings and bad influences in my life. I want to grow in your likeness so please give me the grace and strength to make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

January 29, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

January 29, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!

January 30, 2017