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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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It Matters Who We Spend Time With

It Matters Who We Spend Time With
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (I Cor. 15:33)
It does matter who we spend time with. You know yourself that you were told when you were growing up, not to run with those who get into trouble. Your parents knew that if you hung around those involved in wrong doing, sooner or later you would get involved with them! Likewise, when raising your own children you taught them the same thing.
God told Israel not to make covenant with the people of Canaan, nor worship their gods, nor marry their children. God said if they did the children of Israel would become just like them! The disobeyed however and they became just like the Canaanites.
The wisdom of God tells us the same things in the scriptures. Don’t keep company with the covetous, fornicators, idolaters, extortionist, etc. (I Cor. 5: 9-11) Light and darkness- good and evil- Christ and the devil don’t mix. They cannot co-exist. (II Cor. 6:14)
Proverbs 24:1 says not to envy them and don’t desire to be with them. We do love them, and we cannot be as some that shun them and turn their nose up at them and point a holier than thou finger in their face. No, we love them as Christ loves them and our desire, prayers, and efforts must be to see them come out of darkness, be born again and serve Christ. But we can’t hang around with those who do wrong and socialize with them. There is a lot of controversy concerning this issue among Christians and I understand that concern is needed here. However, the scriptures are clear that we must go among the lost as lights to shine the way but we cannot live with them and partake of their sins.
It is not just those who are living apart from Christ that we should stay clear of. There are twenty-first century Pharisees and those that fear them. So they want to have the benefits of Christianity but fear the religious leaders more than God and love the praises of people more than pleasing Christ. So to stay tight with those in religious authority has become the norm for a lot of people. (John 9:22, 12:42-43)
To break away from that “form of godliness” requires becoming a radical seeker for and lover of Christ. Jesus himself didn’t fit in with religion for He is life. Life will follow the path of life and it will always go a different way than religion. Get away from that old, dry, dead form of religion and follow Christ! Follow Life!
 “Great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.”(Luke 5: 22, 6: 17) I love this! The people that we should hang around with are those that desire to hear the Word of God, the anointed teaching and preaching of God’s Word. It is food for our spirit; it is life to our flesh and marrow to our bones. It is the power to change us and reveal to us God’s way and will.
We ought to be hanging around people that believe in healing, people that have an anointing to heal, gifts of healing. Jesus Christ is the only true healer there is. There is more sickness and disease in the world today than there has ever been and new things are creeping up all the time. Medical costs are so high that the average person cannot afford it or the insurance to cover it. Many are in debt and will never get out. Many more are sick/ disabled for life. But beloved, there is a healer. Jesus! Run with the multitudes that can put you in the place to receive your healing and be healed!
“The whole multitude sought to touch Him for there went virtue out of Him and He healed them all.” (Luke 6:19) I so love to be around people that are seeking a touch from Jesus. We today might not be where we can reach out and touch Him with our hand as they did but we can touch Him with our faith. It is so important for us to reach out to Jesus when we are alone and when we are assembled with others. We should have people of faith around us at all times. Faith is what activates God's Word and power in our lives. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Hanging with people of
faith will feed our faith and it will increase because they will be speaking God's Word, speaking faith words. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. (Romans 10:17)

 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (I Cor 15:33) It does matter who we spend time with! Faith is what activates God's Word and power in our lives. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Hanging with people of
faith will feed our faith and it will increase because they will be speaking God's Word, speaking faith words. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. (Romans 10:17)
Proverbs 13:20 says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise- but a companion of fools will be destroyed!
To walk in wisdom requires seeking after and following people of wisdom. I am not talking about the world’s form of wisdom. I am talking about the only the only true wisdom that carries such great benefits and promises. Listen to the wisdom of God for life. “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel; to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.(Proverbs 1:5-6)
Beloved, Jesus came speaking the wisdom of God and people flocked to Him to hear. If we are going to be people of God, we are going to have to hang around people of wisdom, people of wise counsel and understanding. Every Christian should have a local church assembly, with an anointed pastor and qualified spiritual leadership. But if every person is going to follow the way of wisdom, every person needs a wise mentor- counselor that can impart wisdom into their life. Just look- “As iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17)
The wise counselor will rub on the rough until it carries the anointing of God! To be a man or woman of God- to be a family head- to be in ministry- to be anything godly, we all need to walk with the wise and not the fools! It does matter who we spend time with!