Good Morning my friends,
A couple of years ago Keri & I read the book and did the study guide questions to Jimmy Evans’ book Lifelong Love Affair. I’ve written about the nuggets that I took away from this book several times. I highly recommend that all couples read it together and do the study questions as well. In Chapter 8 of Jimmy’s book, he wrote about how hanging around with ungodly people can influence your actions and eventually destroy a marriage. He spoke about how when he first got married that when his wife Karen asked him to stop hanging out with hell raising buddies, how he reacted. He said, “I got angry and said don’t ask me to stop hanging out with my friends because it’s not going to happen.” He continued with, “I love you but I also like my friends and I’m sticking with them. ” He said that he knew they were a bad influence but still wanted to be loyal to them.
Our society relentlessly inundates us with peer pressure. It doesn’t matter how old you are peer pressure can still interfere with your life. One of the things that I’ve tried to teach my boys is that if you have goals that you want to reach and there are obstacles which are keeping you from reaching those goals then you’ve got to eliminate those things that are holding you back. I tell them it doesn’t matter if it’s the Playstation or your “best friend” or “girlfriend” . If it’s holding you back from reaching your goals, dreams, or potential then you’ve got to eliminate it. A true friend should helping you achieve those things not hindering or pressuring you to do the opposite.
Don’t allow peer pressure to grab your attention because when the noises of the world grab your attention it enables your from hearing God speaking to you.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Stop worrying long enough to hear God’s voice. He speaks to you softly, in the depths of your being. Your will mind shuttle back and forth, hither and yonder, weaving webs of anxious confusion. When God’s thoughts rise up within you, they become entangled in those sticky webs of worry, therefore His voice is muffled, and you hear only white noise. Ask His Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can think His thoughts. The ability to do this is an awesome benefit of being a child of God and being patterned after His own image. Do not be deafened by the noise of the world or that of your own thinking. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Sit quietly in His Presence and let His thoughts reprogram your mind.
“You may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:20)
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Reject peer pressure, eliminate the ungodly influences in your life and ask God to quiet your mind so that you can hear His thoughts