Today’s Daily Med: The devil seeks to tempt us with carnal friends and relatives.
As Christians, we try to justify why it is okay to hang out with people we shouldn’t. We may use the line, “We need to be friends, so I can lead them to Christ.” More often than not, however, we don’t do that. Instead, we are pulled in the opposite direction.
We use the line, “It won’t hurt me. We have been friends since Kindergarten. It would be wrong to suddenly not hang out with them; it would hurt their feelings.” Again, more often than not, that person will yank you away from where you need to be.
Steve Curington writes in Preparing for Peace: Overcoming Strife through the Peace of the Hid-N-Life, “If we develop an unhealthy friendship – or soul tie – with somebody, we will often overlook certain flaws in them that could become a stumbling block to our own spiritual progress.” This does not merely include lost souls. This also means that we need to be aware of carnal Christians as well!
Think about Psalm 1. The first verse of that psalm states: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Let’s look at a couple of words so that we can understand this on a deeper level. The word “carnal” means “Pertaining to flesh; fleshly; sensual; opposed to spiritual; as carnal pleasure” according to the 1828 Webster’s dictionary. This means that anyone who lives by what their flesh desires is carnal. Sadly, many Christians live their lives this way today. Instead of heeding to the Lord’s desires, carnal Christians heed to their own. In the end, it can equal destruction.
The word “ungodly” means “Sinful; contrary to the divine commands; as ungodly deeds; Polluted by wickedness.” This could also mean a backsliden Christian. Look at how many time God’s chosen people, the Israelites, became involved in horrendous sin. It led them to 40 years of wandering in the desert. It cost some of them the opportunity to see the Promised Land. Does that mean they weren’t God’s chosen? No, of course not. It did mean that they endured some massive chastening!
Today, so many things are accepted as socially okay that even Christians are succumbing. The idea that sodomy is okay because now the world says they are born with the tendency. The idea that abortion is not murder because we cannot physically see the baby developed. These and many other sinful ideas are growing in our society. Many accept these types of sin because they choose not to read their Bibles. They choose not to let Holy Ghost conviction guide them.
Deep down, I think many Christians think if they don’t read their Bibles, they aren’t accountable for what they do. This is far from the truth. We are also accountable for the truth we could have had but deliberately chose not to pay attention to. “Ignorance to the law is no excuse for breaking the law!”
If we fail to use caution, we could truly wind up in a bad circumstance. We need to allow God to heighten our spiritual wisdom and strength. Without His power, we are carnal and useless.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11
How about you? Are you ready to put on the armour and battle on the Lord’s side or are you going to allow your carnal self to run the show? In reality, when you live carnally, you are NOT running the show – Satan is!
Today’s Meds were used by permission of Reformer’s Unanimous International. © 2009 by Boyd Stevens Publications All rights reserved. Permission obtained to use Steve Curington’s Preparing for Peace: Overcoming Strife through the Peace of the Hid-N-Life as a part of this blog by Reformer’s Unanimous International.