“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). A young friend once remarked to me that something must be wrong with her as she is unable to attract the right friends. Despite the fact that she is a child of God, her friends though claim to be children of God are hell bent on walking on another path which is not the Lord’s. According to her, the hypocrisy is so much that she believes there is no difference between their behavior and that of an unbeliever. She posited that she would rather have unbelieving friends than have the ones that are in the choir one minute and are in the clubs the next! One would think it only pertains to the young; that’s not true. You may not be going through this dilemma (Praise God for you!), but I can assure you that so many are! The dangers of having bad friends is that they can influence you and drag you away from the right path, but good ones will encourage and cheer you on the path of life and success.
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A wonderful brother didn’t get an advertised job because he didn’t belong to the denomination of the owners of the organization despite the fact that he was well qualified for the job. Does this sound familiar? So many have lost relationships, promotions, businesses, contracts, help because they do not belong to the denomination or Church of those calling the shots. This has weakened and continues to weaken us as the Body of Christ. Our efficacy as the Body of Christ is not based on our individual independence but how we bring our uniqueness into unison to advance the purpose and intentions of God: “I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved Me and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:23), and “So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). A child of God that believes that his congregation
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Talking with a friend a few days ago concerning some doctrines in the Body of Christ, revealed the importance of daily studying the Scriptures as a child of God so as not to be held captive by the philosophies of men disguised as revelations from God. There are so many doctrines and these in turn color the way so many serve God. Our discussion centered on some traditions of the Church that had roots in the world system in order to win more souls for the Kingdom of God. She argued that since these traditions are now in the Church, despite the fact that they have now been exposed as having roots in the dark world system, she believes they serve as great opportunities and tools to win many to the Lord! The question that jumped out of my lips was, ‘has God lost the strategy to people His Kingdom that He needs us to borrow traditions from the dark evil world systems?’ Let us see how this idea turned out in the Scriptures: Uzzah tried to steady the Ark of God when the oxen carrying it