One of the beautiful things about a balanced Christian life is that God gives you the ability to be wise both in the church and in the society. Gone are the days when believers are intelligent in the church but ignorant people when they step outside.
Bishop Oyedepo was asked, “What’s the greatest asset in your life?” He said, “People”. And they asked him, “What’s the greatest catastrophe in your life?” And he said, “People”. So on one side, people have been instrumental and on the other side something else.
Psalm 141:2-4. ²Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as] incense; [and] the lifting up of my hands [as] the evening sacrifice. ³Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. ⁴Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
You are not truly born again if your salvation does not change your association. Your salvation is highly questioned if your friends before and after still remain the same especially when they are not changed. The associations that we keep in our lives have a prophetic significance, both spiritually and physically.
Great men in life are products of correct associations, and certain failures in life have also been products of certain associations. There are some of us, we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are if we did not meet certain people. Their presence opens us up to certain opportunities, whether good or bad.
So human beings have a prophetic influence upon your life and destiny, whether you realize it or not. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, bad company can corrupt good morals”. It can have an influence on you. Every individual upon the surface of this earth carries a prophetic atmosphere, and the atmosphere you carry can influence the people around you and the atmosphere of others that you permit into your life can influence you. At every given point in anyone’s life, we are been influence by external forces at every given time, either the Spirit of the living God or another strange spirit. There is no point in a life where you are neutral. All people are not equal because we carry distinct prophetic atmospheres.
Many things happen in our life on the strength of the atmosphere that we create. There is an atmosphere that can make maize to grow, there is an atmosphere that makes all kinds of things to grow and there are certain atmospheres that kill them.
There is an unseen dimension to friendship and associations, it can affect you. The quality of your life and your Christian experience has a lot to do with your associations.
The Bible says he who walks with the wise will be wise, the atmosphere that the wise bring into your life will produce wisdom, meaning he who walks with fools will be foolish. Many of us in church have not paid attention to our environment, we have paid attention to our spirit man, we have paid attention to our mind, but we have refused to see that certain associations can affect us. We have ignored our associations to our detriment, some of us because of the pressure of trying to make sure you are friends to everybody. Many of us are under pressure, we don’t want criticisms and so your answer is yes to anybody that comes your way. Everybody hops in and out of your life bringing in their atmospheres and writing all kinds of things on your spirit.
Let’s understand that love is a command, association is not. When God decided to lift a man, He sends a person(s) to associate with him. When Satan wants to destroy a man, a family, a church, a people, he sends an association to them. Many people entered into certain environments and a circle of tragedies commenced in their life. You can’t tell why, the people may look innocent but they are carrying an atmosphere that needs to be change.
In Jonah 1, what did the people in the boat do against God? Did they offernd Him? But a man who violated the principles of God, he had the curse of God upon his life, although he was a prophet, he took his atmosphere inside the boat, and what happened? They lost their properties, they had to say, “What is all this, we’ve been having peace sailing in this part of the shore, what is going on?” They casted lots and said, Jonah what is this and he said, it’s true, I’m the one, my atmosphere has interrupted your progress, throw me out.
How many of you have seen two snakes moving together? Does it mean they don’t have a family? The Bible says, “Be wise as serpents”. It is important that a man sets guard over his environment.
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