Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Your Christian association matters

Broadcast 3480

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2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NET) But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition they received from us.

Even though Flavian knew that David was living an undisciplined life, he kept a close relationship with him and remained his closest buddy. David was a believer, but he was very indisciplined with the opposite sex and this had led to a number of "incidences" that Flavian knew very well about. There was even an abortion.

Flavian who never struggled with immorality before now started having compulsive thoughts and imaginations. He knew that he would eventually commit adultery, so he became restless in spirit. It was when he took out time to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting that the Lord revealed to him that his struggle was because of his close association with David.

In today's Bible verse, we see that we are to avoid undisciplined brothers. This is a very important instruction for believers who intend to stay spiritually uncontaminated. It is much easier for a believer to be contaminated by a corrupted believer than it is for him to be contaminated by an outright unbeliever. When a person becomes a believer, he is a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). Believers are an entirely different species and kind in the spirit realm. For example, suppose you have a goat and your goat is infected with the cold virus. In that case, it is very difficult to get infected with that virus because you're not of the same kind as the goat, but if a fellow human being you have close proximity with has a cold, you can easily contract the virus if you're not careful. In the same manner, if a believer interacts closely with a fellow believer who is infected with a spiritual virus of iniquity, he would very easily contract the spiritual virus if he is not careful.

Go into today meditating on these words:
1 Corinthians 5:11 (NET) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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