FRIDAY 29TH JULY,2016
TOPIC: WHOSE COMPANY DO YOU PREFER?
TEXT: Acts 4:23 ‘And being let go, they went to their own companions and Reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them…’
We all have our ‘own company’ whether in your working place, fellowship, Church, Community, School, etc. It’s where we feel most at home, where we naturally gravitate to when we have the choice. A Spirit-Filled teacher once said, ‘The important thing about a man is not where he goes when he is compelled to go, but where he goes when he is free to go where he will.’ The apostles went to jail under compulsion, but when they were given their liberty they chose to return to ‘…their own company…’ of praying believers.
How revealing! The clear choices of life reveal our true character not the compulsion.
Let’s consider a real-life illustration. For instance, You’re absent from church on Sunday. Where Probably would you like to be? If you’re having surgery, your absence reveals that you’re ill and compelled to miss church. However, if you’re on the golf course, that tells us a different story. Assuming that you’re not on a well-deserved vacation, we know that you chose to skip church in favour of your ‘own company’—your fellow golfers or any other of your choice/will. Has your choice to play instead of to worship God become a habit? If so, you might be on the threshold of avoiding worshipping God on Sunday ‘…meeting together with other believers, which some people have got into the habit of doing…’ (Hebrews 10:25).
Habits are not the product of one decision—they’re the result of repeated choices that eventually become automatic responses. How can you know your true spiritual condition? By the company you keep and the choices you make. When you’re free to go, where do you choose to go? Whose company do you prefer? This is a Spiritual audit the Holy Spirit can do in Us as we allow and cooperate with Him in other for you to be put right concerning any Habit that is contrary to God’s will for our lives. Read Psalm 1:1
STUDY THE BIBLE
1 COR 15:1-34; 2KGS 10; MICAH 1