Do not expose your soul to darkness. When you choose the company of those who are not living and walking in the Spirit, you bring to bear upon your soul many evil forces. You may not be aware of this because it is an action not seen by the natural eye. If you were seeing in the Spirit, it would be very real to you, and you would flee from the influence as one runs from a devouring force or a venomous snake.
Many of the tortures your soul has endured have sprung from your deliberate association with those who walk in spiritual darkness. They may be attractive to the eye as was the fruit which tempted Eve, but if you were living in prayer you would be given the discernment to know the danger of compromise with unyielded vessels. Discernment, my child, is not the spirit of condemnation. You are not given the right to condemn, but you SHALL be given the eyes of the Spirit to alert you to danger. I have given something similar to this even to the animals who are very keen to sense the approach of an enemy. Would I do less for you, to protect your soul from the destroyer? No, My child, I will surely give you what is needed for your preservation if you confess your need of My help in this respect and if you desire to escape and are willing to choose to walk in a place of higher communion with Me.
Be alert, and do not let man turn you aside. Know that to be kind to your own soul is more important than to try to be kind to those who are rejecting and denying Me., even though it is your desire to influence them for good. Some, the Bible says, should be “saved with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh”(Jude 23).
There are ways to witness without compromising, but there is no way to compromise and at the same time effectively witness. “Come out form among them, and be ye separate,” says the Word (2 Cor. 6:17). This command has not been altered. Come out! Those who seek the light will be drawn out into the light. Those who remain in the darkness, it is written, do so because the PREFER the darkness to the light; and to go back into darkness yourself, hoping to save them, will result in giving the evil one the opportunity to assail your own soul.
“Be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). You can never do this while associating with evil, regardless of seemingly noble intentions. Withdraw your foot from the place of sin and compromise, even if it means that you must walk alone in the paths of righteousness. I never promised you the companionship of others, but I have promised to walk with you Myself, and this blessing you most certainly forfeit when you company with those who are being influenced by all sorts of spirits of evil. You cannot have both - light and darkness, for what fellowship has Christ with Belial (2 Cor. 6:14-18)? How shall you walk with Me unless you walk upon the HIghroad? I will bless and strengthen you, and your heart shall be light and your spirit shall be ministered unto by My presence. Angels guard you when you walk with Me. What better way could you choose?
⎯Frances J. Roberts.
I felt compelled to share the words of Frances J. Roberts, one of my favorite authors of all time. I believe there is a fine line between getting your hands dirty and reaching out to a lost world, and then blending in so much with the world that you lose your appeal. The Bible says in Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
You see, years ago..I had the notion that my lost friends needed someone they could relate to. I thought if I participated in the same activities they did, they would see that Christians can have a good time too. There was only one problem… Why would they ever want to accept Jesus as they’re Saviour if they saw absolutely no difference in me? I was hurting the cause of Christ more than I could have ever helped it. As Christians, we are called to be the light in the darkness. We are to hate sin. At that point in my life I did not hate sin, I actually enjoyed it. Because I put myself in compromising places and situations, I allowed Satan to wage war against my very soul. And he did, the Devil pushed me around, threw me to the ground, and trampled on me over and over again. My life felt like it was spinning out of control. But the Risen Savior, the Prince of Peace, my Blessed Redeemer came down and lifted me back up again, dusted the dirt from my face, and set my feet upon a rock. He said, follow me my child, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.
Since then, I have not looked back. I stray from any road that may look dark or uneven. I don’t go near any situation that may allow compromise. I truly hate sin.. because my eyes have been opened and I see what it does to man…and how it hurts the Father. I love unbelievers too much now to try and blend in. I have failed if they see no difference in me. I am suppose to be Christ to them, and I have failed if my life looks too similar to theirs.
Fellow Christians, first and foremost ask the Lord for discernment. Discernment may very well be a Christians best friend, and unfortunately so many times we fail to ask for it. Ask the Lord to reveal to you places of compromise. Then Flee from any dark places where there may be perverse talk, injustice, or evil doing. Follow the high road where you’re speech and actions are pure, honest, and of a good report. Then and only then are you able to reach out to the lost and show them Christ. Don’t join in with their activities, but instead invite them to join you on your high road…We are only capable of doing this as we walk in close communication with the Father. There may be times where you feel (just as I felt) like you are absolutely the only one doing what’s right…but God’s promises are true, and he will walk with you.
Don’t believe the lie that believers can reach a lost world by blending in with them. Satan wants nothing more than for you to believe this, because he knows very well you will lose yourself in the process.
The lost are actually as we speak, indeed crying out for someone to stand up for whats right. They would love to see and believe that it is possible to live a pure and wholesome life. We must be that for them. We must show them Christ.