Monday - September 26, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 Kings 11:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:33
MAIN IDEA: “Choose friends that will not pull from Christ”
Solomon had everything anyone could want and then some. He had always been part of royalty and was honored by many. God warned him to not associate with the people from foreign lands, but Solomon chose them as wives and friends. God told Solomon not to associate with these people because they would harden his heart, and turn him from Him. Greed and pride was more than the wisest man on earth could handle.
We need to ask ourselves, “Can I handle the circumstances I am exposed to?” What criterion does one use for making new friends or continuing relationships with old friends?" Paul tells us to be careful who we hang out with. The people you are with will rub off on you and will encourage you to be like them. The wrong group, with their calloused hearts and ignorance which alienates them from God, can and will rub off on you. They are past feeling (hearts are calloused) and full of lust and greed. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33 to not be deceived. Don’t think you are wise enough to prevent bad companions from corrupting your morals. When we become a Christian we no longer walk as others do.
APPLICATION: What takes priority in friendships?