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THE SNARE OF COMPROMISE



Because of a lack of understanding of God's promises, Jacob almost succumbed again to the trap of compromise. God had told Jacob to return to his homeland, that it would be well with him, and that he would be blessed. Doubting God's promises and acting out of fear, Jacob made plans for compromising with his brother who he perceived to be his enemy. He decided he would try to pacify Esau with bribes and gifts.


One of the greatest temptations believers face when we encounter challenges is to compromise. For example, a church may sincerely want to reach a city for God. They have the spiritual power and authority to do this, but what they do instead is compromise biblical standards to try to attract people to the church. They try wooing them with worldly activities instead of creating an environment where the supernatural power of God is manifested. They let down their godly standards to achieve what the world calls "success" in their ministries.


There are many believers who began their work for God on a proper foundation. They built their ministry on the scriptures, prayer, and the moving of the Holy Spirit. Somewhere along the way, however, they became sidetracked. They tried to become "somebody" by compromising with the world. They yielded to those who said they would donate substantial finances if they would do things a certain way.


Do you want your ministry to be God-controlled or man-controlled? Compromise results in a ministry that is man-controlled and devoid of the power of God. Compromise affects your integrity, your standards, the Word of God, and your destiny.


Jacob’s name was changed to reflect who he was in God. He had all the power he needed to face any circumstance. He didn't need to resort to bribes and compromising. As a believer, you too have been given a new name that reflects who you are in Christ. You are a "Christian" and have been given the Name of Jesus with all of its inherent power. You do not need to resort to worldly tactics in order to succeed.


What spiritual compromises are you making? Are you listening to unwise counsel from those around you who are telling you to compromise in your life or ministry? Compromise is the arch-enemy of divine destiny.


Do not listen to the lies of the enemy. Do not consider the unwise counsel of those around you. Determine that you will never compromise with the enemy in order to achieve success. It is not necessary because you have supernatural power within you that is equal to any task!


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.



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