By Pastora Monique Lopez Ong
It is the year of No Compromise. What does that mean? A compromise is an acceptance of standards that are lower than that of the one you truly desire. It is a lot lower than God’s standards. For example, you call yourself a Christian but you do not open your Bible. You only go to church every Sunday. Many generally know the truth but reject it. When you read the Bible, you choose what you obey and take the rest depending on
4 reasons why Christians compromise
Fear of Rejection, being alone or singled out from the crowd. Some people do not even know that certain people are Christians because it is not seen in the way they live. Saul is one of them. Instead of following God’s command, he compromised and tried to please people. When you fear people over God, you already compromise. Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” If you are a servant of God, you should pleasing Him and only Him.
Tolerance, accepting some practices of the world even if they are not pleasing to God. Revelation 2:12-16 says, “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
Pleasure, willingness to give in in order to be temporarily happy. Solomon had everything; and because of that, he could get everything he wanted. 1 Kings 11:1-4 says, “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” Not all good things are good for you. Some are really bad for you.
Laziness - Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Some are too lazy to even share the gospel. You do not think about the people around you who might not get to know the Lord.
4 stages of compromise
Attraction - you see something that got your attention
Justification - you start making excuses for your wrongdoing and agreeing that it is acceptable because everyone is doing it anyway, thinking that God will forgive you
Indulgence - there is no more conviction in the things you do wrong
Re-definition - guilt is removed because wrong becomes right; if you are not with the Lord, then you know who you are with
2 Kings 18:21 says, “Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.” Who are you following? If the Lord is your God, follow Him. But if not, then go the other way. You cannot serve two masters, paddling on two rivers. Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” God cannot handle compromises. You only have two choices: hot or cold. Do you want to drink lukewarm coffee? It does not taste as good as hot coffee or cold coffee. Choose your master.
Stand on the standards of God. That is what you should obey. King Hezekiah held fast to the Lord. He clung to Him and did not depart from following Him. Because of that, the Lord was with him and he prospered wherever he went. God wants to bless you and give you an abundant life. But you must follow Him all the way.
So what do you need to do now?
Decide who to follow - (2Kings 18:6-8) it’s Jesus or nothing. Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.” Make a decision now. Do not defile yourself for the things of this world and God will make you shine. Whose side are you on? Matthew 12:30 says, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
Decide to wear the full armor of God. - Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” When you accepted Jesus, you accepted the full armor of God. Wear it all the time.
Decide to resist the devil. - The enemy is real but you are already victorious. Choose to resist him. Stay humble, have faith and pray daily.
Decide to take up your authority against evil schemes. - 2 Kings 18:8 says, “From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.” Do not hide. Declare the word of God so you can disarm the enemy. You have power over the enemy and are victorious in Christ.
No compromise means uncompromised blessings.