Good afternoon! Happy Friday-Eve. It’s been a busy week, but God is so good. I thank Him for a sound mind.
TFTD: What’s sticking to you?
Proverbs 4:20-24 (NIV)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Today I am going to get straight to the point, what and who is sticking to you? Are you that type of person who absorbs everyone’s emotions? Do you allow people to attach themselves to you like leeches and suck the very life out of you? Or perhaps you attract people who will add to your life instead of always taking away from it. It’s important to guard yourself from people who try to influence you to sin, people who complain all of the time, people who are negative, angry folks and the list goes on. There is something to that statement, “You are the company you keep” or “Guilty by association”. If you are around a certain person long enough you will take on their mannerisms, attitudes and beliefs. If you don’t believe me, look at children and their parents. Little kids naturally take on the behaviors of their parents because that is who they are exposed to the most. It’s almost like the parents personality jumps off of them and sticks to their kids. The same is true in your daily walk, if you hang around someone who is alway miserable, chances are you will walk around miserable too.
It’s important to protect your spirit. Don’t allow people to dump on you. Don’t become that sticky paper that was intended to catch flies. That paper was intended to catch things that would die. The question is are you a magnet for dead rotten things? Do you allow things and people to attach to you that will fester and rot your mind, body and spirit? Really take a moment and ask yourself, “What and who is sticking to me?” As believers, we should surround ourselves with like-minded people. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t associate with people who are unsaved or who are living in sin because those are the very people you will be able to minister to in GOD’S TIME! However, I am saying that you shouldn’t make yourself a magnet for folks who are living contrary to the Word of God. You don’t want to take on the mannerisms of the people who have gone a stray. You don’t want to put yourself in a position where you become tempted to sin.
Even the Word warns us about this:
Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Don’t get caught up thinking you can save the world and end up falling. Examine your work environment, your inner circle, your ministry groups, your social organizations, etc. and ask yourself if you are attracting the wrong people or perhaps you are the wrong person that other people keep attracting. HELP LORD! Take time to seriously seek God and if it’s time to leave some relationships behind do so. Politely cut off the negative banter at work and in the church. Don’t engage in conversations that are riddled with jealousy and spite. Take that sticky paper off and allow that stuff to bounce off of you. God wants to use you, but He can’t get what He needs to pour into you if you are consumed with junk.
What’s sticking to you?
Have a blessed day.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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