Hey everyone! This is a devotional I received yesterday. May it bless you! ~Venus
Friends Part 5 by G. Craige Lewis
Matthew 13:57 – ‘And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.’
There is nothing wrong with letting certain friends go. You may have grown up together as children. You may graduated high school or college together. But there may come a time when you are required to let a friend go! If you are growing into your purpose and calling in God, or you are maturing as a Christian and they are not, then God is gonna require you to move on and end some relationships. Why? Because, many times, old friends and family know too much about you! You may never be effective in ministry or even as a true believer in some of their eyes because they hold on to your past mistakes and errors and will not allow you to grow past it.
This is dangerous to you because it puts you in the position where you have to forsake your call or compromise your place in God to be accepted by them. Since they will not let you grow past them or be something other than what they feel you are, then you basically have to become what they expect to be accepted by them. It’s not that you are trying to be better than anyone, but it’s that you know what you have is good and perfect! Protect and cherish who you have become in Christ and forsake the past. God always took his great vessels away from certain family members and friends because if they knew too much about their past, they may not see the plan God was working in them. Even Jesus had to leave his home town because people there would not receive him as the son of God. They remember him maybe being changed as a baby, crying or playing with toys. How could they see him as the son of God after seeing that? Well, how can some of your old friends and family ever see you as changed, when you have failed so much in front of them? Protect what God is doing in you and guard your progress in him. Silence the negative voices and stay clear of the witchcraft that others may be using by manipulating you with your past. God has chosen to forsake your past and use you, so you must not let people, places, or things keep you bound to who you were.
Suggested Reading: Prov. 9:6, Psa. 27:10, 1Tim. 6:11,
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