Based on “Compromise and Hard Hearts” by Pastor Mark Balmer; 7/12-13/08,
Message #2453; Daily Devotional #5 - “Stand Firm”
Preparing the Soil (Introduction): “Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshipping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD.” (Exodus 10:26) Oftentimes when I read Scripture, I try to put myself in the place of the person I am reading about. I try to imagine, just for a moment, the situation they were in. Doing this has allowed me to appreciate the faith and boldness of these men and women of God. Try to paint a picture in your mind of Moses standing before Pharaoh. Would you have the faith to stand? The Israelites were spared from the last of the few plagues, but in the beginning their forced labor was made more difficult when Moses approached Pharaoh to let God’s people go. The Israelites were less than pleased. (Exodus 5:20-21) Not only that, but Pharaoh had the power to kill Moses and Aaron at any time during this ordeal. Each meeting brought about a different challenge, and in the process Pharaoh’s heart grew harder and harder.
Planting and Watering the Seed (Growth): We may not have to stand before the leader of a nation as Moses did. However, many times we have choices in front of us that are challenging and require great faith in God. We have to block the voices of Satan and the world trying to get us to compromise what God says in His Word. Sometimes, the Lord allows us to be in those situations to test our faith. Are we going to compromise? We have often heard “faith that isn’t tested can’t be trusted.” Living in this world isn’t easy, especially when the world lives contrary to what the Word of God says. But God did promise us that if we follow Him and trust Him, the instructions that He has given to us would not be too difficult. (Deuteronomy 30:11-16) We are to live by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) I wonder what would have happened if Moses had compromised?
Harvesting the Crop (Action/Response): As followers of Christ we have to live a life without compromise. We need to understand that when we compromise, our choices not only affect us, they can affect others. They may also have long-lasting consequences that go far beyond our years on earth; they can affect generations to come. The Israelites compromised when they failed to drive out all the inhabitants of the nation God gave them to possess. (Judges 1:21-36) It was much easier to have them as slaves to work as forced laborers than to drive them out completely. They compromised. The Israelites eventually became like the people they were to drive out. That decision led to many years of turmoil, idolatry, pagan ritual, and ultimately turning away from God. They turned from the “One True God” that called them His children and gave them their freedom. They rejected their Creator. Never compromise; it never affects just us. We have to live our lives with God first, others second, and ourselves last. When we put God first and have total faith in Him, everything else in our lives will fall into place. Stand firm and do not be afraid! (Joshua 1:9) God is for you, not against you. His Word was given to you for your protection. He loves you and wants what is best for you. Whatever choices you may have to face in your life, always consult God’s Word. His instructions for you are good. What a privilege it is to have the greatest instruction book on life ever written available to us whenever we need it. We have our Bible! Cherish every Word; those Words give life.
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