Compromise

Compromise – an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.  The word compromise is not found in the Bible.  Jesus did not compromise with satan; therefore, WE do not compromise with satan.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”  Matthew 6:24

How many times have we heard it said the enemy will announce your breakthrough?  When you’re not running with the devil, you will run head on into him.  That’s how you know you’re running in the right direction.  How many of us have been on the verge of the breakthrough we have been praying for and when the devil shows up we compromise?

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14.  We are all called to salvation but few will finally be saved.  We compromise our salvation by compromising with the enemy.   I have always been a black and white kind of person.  There was no gray area.  It was either my way or the highway.  Well, I’m happy to say I’m still a black and white kind of person.  However, now it’s either God’s way or the highway.  Please don’t misunderstand that statement.  I often fail but even when I fail there is no condemnation, only God’s grace – God’s way.  The Lord meets me at the Cross daily.

Worry is a compromise.  Worry is meditating on fear.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.  So where does fear come from?  What are we meditating on when we worry?  Black and white.  Fear is so often at the root of our problems.  Fear of being rejected so we are offended.  Fear of losing so we are prideful.  Fear is compromising our faith.

We are not prideful of our faith, we do not boast of our faith but we do not compromise our faith either.  Jesus said to Peter in Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.”   Out of fear for his life, Peter’s faith failed.  Then after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to him and his faith was restored and indeed he strengthened his brethren.

Jesus is risen.  “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. ” Revelations 1:18.  Jesus did not strike a deal, He did not compromise His love for us.  We have all power and authority over the kingdom of darkness in Jesus name.  Jesus holds the key to hell, not satan.  Satan is roaming the earth trying to make us believe he still holds the keys.  Remind satan your Heavenly Father has the keys and you don’t have to compromise with him.

When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection He said to them “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38.  Our Lord’s suffering and death was not in vain.  His resurrection was not a compromise.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the reason for our faith.  We don’t compromise our faith.  Hallelujah! – Donna Warren

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