Friday - October 21, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Psalms 1:1-6
Have you ever wondered how people can turn away from God so quickly even though they were once faithful to Him? Sadly, it happens everyday. Too often, people who are faithful to the Lord in thought and in deed are lured away from the truth by unbelievers. How is this even possible? How can someone get a taste of salvation, and then fall away from the church?
It usually doesn’t happen overnight. The gradual decline usually happens in three steps: walking, standing, and then sitting. David explains this gradual process as, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, not stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1). The process happens when we begin “walking” with those who do not share the same spiritual goals with us. The longer you walk, the more likely you are to stick around for a while, and then stand with them. By “standing” with them, you have decided to stay a while with them. Finally, you find yourself “sitting” with them. It is while sitting that you have made a commitment to them.
Application: Once you are seated with an unbeliever, it is very difficult to get back up. Heed Paul’s advice when he says, “bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).