Are you compromising?

My mum once told me that something special happens in the heart of a parent, when their child begins to walk. That first step is the beginning of a journey that will last for years according to the grace of God.  Well, I can’t say that I know that feeling yet but I got a glimpse of it when I first gave my life to Christ at the age of 12. That moment, I felt the spirit of God rejoice that I had taken my first step, and that step was the beginning of a very long journey. In the past years, I learnt that the spirit realm controls the physical and if my spirit is uncompromising, my body will have no choice than to obey. My purpose is to get you to focus on building your spirit because then you will have control over the body, and the ability to comprehend this has to do with faith.

A man or woman of faith is obedient to the word of God and to them the Holy Spirit is given (Acts 5: 29 and 32). So I asked myself “Chichi you talk the talk but do you walk the walk?” I began to search my soul and other questions begin to come up “are you compromising?  What do you often think about? Who do you spend your time with? What do you give your time to? Do your actions depict that of a child of God or a child of Satan? Compromising with the world is like living a double lifestyle, and it inevitably brings corruption into your life and into the church of God. James 1:8 tells us that a man of double mind is faithless, unstable, unreliable, dubious, uncertain and hesitant about everything he feels and decides. How many of our families and friends have fallen because Christians are cowardly and refuse to speak the truth. Revelations 21:8 says “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death”.

The bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3 verse 6 and 15 (Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly and not after the teachings which he received of us. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer). How are we able to save a brother or sister from sin and death, when our lifestyles are exactly like theirs? Satan is subtle and he will present worldly advice in the guise of light to your path, wholesome, just and then lures you to his den. What is evil in the sight of God has become normal to people, and we do not warn our fellow brethren because we are scared or want to fit in. I will give some scenarios of how Satan gets God’s people to compromise;

  • A saved woman is desperate for a husband and the enemy presents her with a wealthy but unsaved man (2 Corinthians 6:14). She is then convinced that she will change him and bring him to God once they are married. Now you are married and as the head of the family, his chosen lifestyle will reflect on you or even lure you to the things of this world.
  • You were determined to keep yourself chaste until marriage, then you fall in love and the enemy convinces you to give up chastity (Fornicate), everyone is doing it and as long as you are ‘faithful’ to that one person, it’s not a sin. In the process you get infections, have a child outside marriage and some kill by abortion.
  • After work, you decide to go home to your wife or husband, then the enemy convinces you through your unbelieving friends to chill with them at the bar or club. Reduce some stress by taking one or two drinks, pop one pill or smoke some weed. The aftermaths are possible one-night stands, addiction, destruction in your marriage, pregnancy, abortion etc. It is not wrong to be close to unbelievers because you need to lead them to Christ. However, in order to avoid the consequences above, you must be clear about who you are in Christ and do not compromise your standards as a believer (1 Corinthians 15:33).
  • An unsaved colleague or friend asks you to join him in business which yields a great amount of money. The enemy convinces you to partner with him because you are doing it for your family. Do not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever also applies to business, not just marriage. In the long run, this business will be  a nightmare because you want to do things with integrity (to honor Christ), and he wants to cut corners and make money as fast as possible. In the end, you will be forced to compromise your values as a believer.
  • You are determined to walk with God and then, you have people in your life who proudly speak of being homosexuals and casually talk about cheating on their wives because man was meant to spread his seeds and multiply, yet you do not reveal the word to them and warn them of the fiery pit of hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Sooner or later, you cannot be distinguished from an unbeliever because you start replacing God’s words with societal human rights in the name of love and support of friendship (James 4:4).

There are many more ways the enemy gets believers to compromise, my advice is be subject to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). The Lord said in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “come out from their midst and be separate from them”. David says that he will not approve of anything vile/evil that faithless people do, and he will have no part in it (Psalms 101:3). Here it is again, faithless people are disobedient to the word of God, so they reject God and turn to self-gratifications. Walking in faith makes you perfect and fully developed before God, nothing missing or broken (James 1:3-4).

My friends there is no in-between, you are either for God or you are for the evil one. I speak these things not because I am perfect but because I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). In this fallen and perverted world, if your spirit still convicts you of sin, be thankful to God because you are still in the fight and by his grace, you are victorious. Roman 1:19-20 tells us that God has made himself known to the inner consciousness of unbelievers, and so they are without excuse. Verse 32 of the same chapter says that even though they knew all of God’s decrees, they continue in sin and approve others to do the same.  Many people (believers and unbelievers) have lost their conscience because they decided to mix God’s words with modernity, self-help books and legality. I will share some lies that the enemy puts forward to cause compromise in the lives of believers, and please read the words and bible verses in the brackets;

  • God looks at my heart and not what I am wearing (1 Timothy 2:9-10; 1 Peter 3:4. Ladies, it does not matter how and if the man looks because we have been warned by Jesus in Mathew 18:6-7 to not entice people to do the wrong things).
  • In order to avoid divorce, we should have sex so we know if we are compatible for marriage (Self-gratification and fornication 1 Corinthians 6:18).
  • Instead of cheating on my wife or husband I’d rather masturbate, the therapist says it helps relieve stress and sickness (Sexual urges are God’s gift and he has given us power to control them, and use them the way God intended. Masturbation is a sin that begins with a thought, which leads to other perversions like pornography, sex toys and Idolatry {Ezekiel 16:15-17}. Masturbation is temporary satisfaction but in the long run it becomes addictive, enslaves like any other sin and you will go to any length to get that high excitement John 8:34; 1 Corinthians 6:18).
  • There is no God, I don’t need God, I am a good person as long as I help my neighbor and spread positive energy around (Psalm 14:1).
  • It is my body and I have the right to do what I want (No you don’t. Corinthians 6:19-20 says “you are bought with a price, so glorify God in your body”).

We must be conscious of the presence of God in our lives if we are to remain uncompromising. Joseph always acknowledged the presence of God, that is why before the law was written he already knew in his heart that he could not commit wickedness against God by sleeping with Potiphar’s wife. Brethren, the Lord forgives freely and his grace is abundant, so anyone who comes to him always has a fresh start. Grace is not a licence to sin but rather to have a new revelation of Christ. I find that the more of Christ I crave, the less I am tempted to go back to my old ways. The Psalmist says “the eyes of the Lord are toward the uncompromisingly righteous and his ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15). Do you wish to see the favour of God? I tell you, reverence the Lord Jesus Christ and love him incorruptibly (Ephesians 6:4).

The road to living an uncompromising life is not easy, you will lose most people in your life and you will be despised. I always remember that if they did it to my Lord, they will do the same to me. I would rather loose every member of my body to make heaven, than keep them all and spend eternity in hell. Religion is not the way, Science is not the way, worldly doctrine is not the way and my priest/pastor is not the way. Jesus Christ is the truth, way and life and he is standing at the door of your heart knocking. Will you let him in? Or will you choose the world? May the Lord bless this word in Jesus name!!!

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4 Comments

  1. Pash January 21, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Wow
    This is so powerful!!!

    1. chioma hamilton January 24, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      By the special grace of God, this is a year of no compromise my dear.

  2. Paul January 22, 2019 at 11:38 am

    The message hit home, I feel that I have compromised a lot in my life. Thanks Chi, this guides me to do some introspection

    1. chioma hamilton January 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      We bless God Paul, this happens to all of us at some point in our lives. Thank God for his messages to put us back on the right road.

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