Saturday, June 28, 2014

If In Doubt, Don't

Hello readers! I came across this great section in a book that I just finished entitled An Enemy Called Average by best selling author, John Mason. God has called you to excellence, not to mediocrity, and this section states that perfectly!
God Bless,
Jason Jasper

If in Doubt, Don't

One day a hunter came across a bear in the woods. The bear said to the hunter, "I want a full stomach."

The hunter responded, "I want a fur coat."

"Let's compromise," suggested the bear, and then he ate the man. As a result, they both got what they wanted. The bear went away with a full stomach, and the man went away wrapped in fur.

That hunter learned the lesson of compromise. When deciding the lesser of two evils, choose neither.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 the Lord said to His people, "This day I call the heavens and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." You and I have a choice. Every day we must choose between life and death. We should never settle for anything; we should always seek the best. It is rarely the strong man who urges compromise. A compromise is often more expensive than either of the alternatives.

The call of God is a call to excellence, not to mediocrity. If anything is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If you can't do it with excellence, don't bother. Someone asked, "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

When people allow compromise in one area, it always leaks and begins to affect other areas. It also allows lies, deceit, and error to creep in and take over. I know people who have turned from the Lord completely. Their troubles started with compromises. They began to give in to little tings, which soon became bigger things. It wasn't long before compromise began to infiltrate their personal lives. Eventually it overtook and overwhelmed them.

In Proverbs 4 the writer warns us: "Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; remove your foot from evil" (vv. 26-27 NKJV).

Don't allow compromise to creep in and destroy you. You can't say, "Well, I'll compromise in this one area, and everything else will be okay." Once it has a foothold, compromise grows and spreads. What you compromise, you lose.

Be a person of integrity. Guard your reputation and the reputation of Jesus Christ and His Church. If the only way others can tell that you're a Christian is from the fish symbol on your business card, do us all a favor and leave it off. Take a stand today against compromise.

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