I’ve been writing about things that can cause problems for believers – things that will cause the anointing of God to lift and the discipline of God to come. I’m calling these problems “potholes”. You know what a “pothole” is?
An erosion in the pathway you are on that will cause damage if not repaired.
I’m using Psalm 106 as the foundation for these writings. Let’s look at another part of Psalm 106 to find another “pothole”.
They did not destroy the peoples, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them, but they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works; they served their idols, which became a snare to them. Verses 34-36
God had given the children of Israel a specific command:
Completely destroy them–the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites–as the LORD your God has commanded you. Deuteronomy 20:17
God knew that if the children of Israel didn’t destroy the people of the land of Canaan then they would end up being influenced by them and pull them away from God. Psalm 106 is a summation of the evil influence of others in the lives of God’s people.
The New Testament states it this way:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the the temple of the living God. Verses 14-16
Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty. Verses 17-18
It is okay to reach unbelievers but we must not be influenced by them. If two different beliefs are thrown together, one is going to take control over the other. We must understand this principle and keep talking to unbelievers without “yoking” ourselves to them.
To “yoke” together means: to place two together that are different and unevenly matched.
You shall not plow with an ox and an ass together. Deuteronomy 22:10
One who serves the Lord and one who does not are unevenly matched!
Being in a relationship with or mingling in fellowship with unbelievers can easily cause a believer to compromise the word of God. That’s why the word of God tells us to be careful when choosing our relationships.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are an exception to God’s word. God is protecting you through these relational commands. He loves you and will lead you into relationships that are mutually edifying! Trust Him to do this for you!
Next time, we’ll “fill” one final “pothole”.