Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. Joshua 23:7
Successful business leaders are very careful as to who they hang around with. They do not want to be around people who do not work or cannot bring them success to their business. All that occur in being around such people is bring them down or get them on the wrong track, harming their business and success.
Focus is on what is needed to be successful.
Joshua reminds the people to not associate with the nations around them. They are to not seek, serve, worship or talk about their false gods.
Many believers, in theory, seek to be friends with the world in order to be a witness to the world. However, in reality, many believers that become friends with the world end up becoming more like the world. The characteristics and beliefs of the world are allowed to rub off on the believer.
It is common for some believers to talk about the gods of the world so much that they end up serving those gods. Too many in the church look more like the world than they look like Jesus. And many do not care.
Every believer is called to be separate, different from the world. None are to believe in the gods of this world, gods of pride, alcohol, greed, wealth, jealousy, porn, illegitimate sex, gossip and any other sins.
Jesus was among the world, but He did not become like the world. Though the temptation was there, Jesus never bowed down to the false gods of this world. He called people out of their lives of sin and death unto an eternal life. Believers are to live in the same way.
Ask yourself who has the greatest influence on you in your life. This can be seen in who you choose to hang around with on a regular basis. Surround yourself with people who serve God so that you can be built up to be a witness of who Jesus is.
Go into the world to be a witness, but do not allow yourself to be like the world. Being like the world is not being a witness, but is walking away from God and disobeying God.
Who are you associating with on a regular basis?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a true witness for Jesus to the world; that God will help you not be influenced by the fallen world; that God will give you strength to flee all sin; and that you will serve God alone.
All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel. Joshua 11:5
Wars occur on a regular basis all over the world. At times multiple nations will agree to get together to wage war against another nation. The unified front will often give a greater front against the other nation to be able to stop that nation.
Usually when this occurs it is to stop one nation from taking over everyone else. At other times it is to destroy a nation or a group of people that are not wanted.
A group of kings had gathered together to fight against Israel and keep the Israelites from taking the land.
Just as physical wars are occurring around the world, there is also a spiritual war going on. Demonic forces of this fallen world are set on destroying all believers and at any cost.
In some nations these forces are unified as a whole in the nation banning all belief in God. In other nations, such as America, believers have mostly been free to worship and serve God.
Although there has been some freedom, the world is quickly joining forces to rise up against believers. Sin is promoted as good more and more and anyone against sin is considered a hater and wrong. It is no longer just a few against believers, but whole nations.
Every believer must be ready and prepared for spiritual war against his soul. Believers will often be surrounded by those who are against God and His ways. Although the forces of the world are many, the forces of God are greater and more in number with the believer.
No believer needs to be afraid of the enemy knowing that God is for him and will fight the battle for him.
The world is rising up as a unified front against you. They want to get you to sin against God in whatever way possible. The temptations to sin will come from nearly every angle and location around you.
Do not fear those dark forces but put your focus upon God and trust Him. Know that you are on the winning side and God will give you strength to destroy the attacks of the enemy in your life.
Be willing to destroy the temptations to sin that rise up in your life. Do not entertain them or let those temptations live.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the temptations that come your way; that you will trust God in the battle for your soul; and that God will remove all fear of the enemy.