Warning Labels 

  
Today I got a double whammie! 
My 11 of 11 fasting experience download and God laid out some pretty amazing truths in His word. 
These truths appeared more like vital warning labels that we all need to take very serious.

He first spoke to me on standards and boundaries and how compromises can spell disaster.  

You must make no covenant with them, nor have anything to do with their gods. Don’t let them live among you! For I know that they will infect you with their sin of worshiping false gods, and that would be an utter disaster to you.”~ Exodus 23:32-33 TLB 

The temptations of life within the promised land serve as a vivid illustration of how proper standards and boundaries can be tragically forgotten. The Israelites were warned about our tendency to make a good, clean start, but then to compromise our values and goals. They were warned not to make treaties with the people of the land. They were to push them right out, replacing them with communities of their own. In recovery it is easy to make a good start, but then to compromise, allowing certain “little” practices to go on unchecked. In the end, these things will spell disaster, eroding the new life we have started to build. ~Life Recovery Bible 

My 2nd verse, God warned of the dangers of feeding on the desires of this world; That I could be starving myself spiritually!

Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; for all these worldly things, these evil desires—the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance—these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever. ~1 John 2 :15-17 TLB 

We are reminded that the more we are wrapped up in this world and it’s attractions, the harder it will be to establish spiritual goals for our life. If we feed our desires for what the world offers, we starve ourselves spiritually. The best way to avoid entanglement with worldly value is to “feed” our spirit by seeking God through prayer and meditation on His word. Then we will discover His will and His help in redirecting our life. ~Life Recovery Bible 

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to compromise my standards or live without boundaries. You are a God of order, not a God of chaos. Remove me from all influences and situations that would tempt me to compromise. Don’t let me ever go unchecked. I don’t want to do anything to erode the good start and work You are doing. Please help me to feed on Your faithfulness and avoid the entanglements of worldly value so I don’t starve myself spiritually. May I feed my spirit with Your word and prayer. Thank You Lord for redirecting and restoring my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

                     ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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