Colossians 2:8 ”Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said. For in Christ there is all God in human body, and you have everything when you have Christ.”
Have you ever had spoiled milk? Tastes pretty bad doesn’t it?
So how can you make sure you don’t let your milk get spoiled? You can refrigerate it, freeze it and heat it.
But the best thing to do is USE IT! To keep it from spoiling you should drink it.
It’s the same way with your faith and you. In order to keep the natural bacteria in you (which is SIN) from taking over – You must use your faith.
** Who’s speaking into your life? (Consider these the refrigerator)
Teenagers listen to music on YouTube more than on the radio, and they listen at a clip of about 2.5 hours per day -They also spend 30 hours a week (on the low side) in front of a screen of some kind (Ask yourself: when did you last read a newspaper?)
The average American spends 1/3 of their free time in front of a TV, more than the next top ten leisure activities combined. The avg teen by age 18 will have seen 350,000 commercials – nearly 100,000 of them for alcoholic beverages. One in ten shows on TV has sexual intercourse depicted. 70% of all shows in 2005 had sexual content. Only 1/2 between occurred between couples who had any prior relationship. Risks are rarely talked about.
Experimentation with drugs, alcohol and partying is pushed as normal. And necessary for popularity. Having a big house and a spouse that does what you want. Those that die with the most toys wins. Lust, addictions, gluttony, drunkenness, loss of self-control, lack of discipline, greed and selfishness are all lobbied for.
The quickest way to grow mold over your faith is to consume these messages, or not even think about it.
** Friends (send over 3000 text messages a month) (refrigerator at the right temperature)
Kennedy was told to threaten nuclear war and that the soviets would back down. Nixon was told to say that Watergate was just simple burglary. Just like political advisers those that influence us are of equal importance.
In the bible King Rehoboam had the people complain about things he was doing. He went to his advisers and they counseled him to be lenient. Then he went and asked his friends. He listened to his young godless advisers, and his poor decisions resulted in a divided kingdom and ultimately 3000 years of consequences… Until Israel was re-established in 1948. Do NOT underestimate the power of your friends voices.
** Who has spoken into your life from the past? (Was it pasteurized?)
We often carry our hurts forward. Often God uses people despite these facts.
Some examples of negative influence/voices from the past:
- Nobody loves you.
- You’re stupid.
- A friend raped (ideas of men, marriage)
- What my mother said to me, makes encouragement hard.
Between 70 and 80 percent of Americans hate their jobs. Main reason: the people around them.
What happens when we look at persecution? Paul sang hymns!
Wrong ideas from the world (these are not new)
See to it that no one takes you captive (NIV)
Luke 4:18 Jesus proclaims the captives will be set free.
YOU HAVE EVERYTHING WHEN YOU HAVE CHRIST.
James 4:4 “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”