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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Enemy of Compromise

by Barbara Latta

Compromise. It’s one enemy we all face at some point in our lives.
The enemy of compromise

People break their word, fudge a little on taxes, don’t tell the complete truth or go along with the latest craze, even if that craze is destructive, because it’s the cool thing to do. And compromise can go further. It can lead to crime and immorality and start a never-ending spiral of disintegration in life.
Four men from long ago named Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah faced the choice of compromise.

They were young Jewish men who were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar when he besieged Jerusalem. These males could have been as young as teenagers when they were taken from their home and families. Their parents may have even been killed. Nebuchadnezzar chose youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had the ability in serving in the king’s court (Daniel 1:4 NASB).

The king wanted the best of the lot to serve him. He was ruling the entire known world at that time. He ordered the chief of his officials to “teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans”. The goal was to get the Hebrew culture out of them and indoctrinate these young men into the ways of Babylon. They were given the Babylonian names of Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Over time the king promoted them to areas of administration over his kingdom.

The king’s ego got the best of him and he created an image of himself made of gold. Every person in the province was commanded to bow and worship the statue when certain music was heard.

Daniel is not present in this story, but his three friends refused to bow to the image of gold and king threw them into a fiery furnace. They had resolved in their hearts they would not sway from their faith in the one true God, even though they were surrounded by an idol worshipping culture and had been taught all its ways.

Their spirit of excellence and faith kept them from compromise because they made the decision at the beginning of their captivity that they would not become like those around them.

God is still God and His mighty power will be shown.
We sometimes miss the cruelty of their situation. They were taken from what was familiar, given food to eat that was against their beliefs, and they were made eunuchs. This means they were castrated. There was no hope of them ever having marriage and a family. It would feel life was over.
But they had a strong faith in God and they resolved to not compromise.

The world has not changed in its anti-god spirit since the beginning of time. Satan’s greatest weapon is doubt, unbelief and compromise. If he can’t get us to totally reject God, he tempts us with compromise because he twists that lie until it doesn’t seem so bad.

But compromise leads to decisions that can cause death in emotions, relationships, finances and spiritual death.

We are faced today with social media, politics, the entertainment industry, advertising and the opinions of other people. All these elements vie for our attention and try to sway us to their way of thinking with the promise of acceptance. If we don’t resolve in our hearts what we will stand for, we are bait for the influence of the world that will draw us away from godly decisions. And isn’t this the goal? To indoctrinate an anti-god system into schools and government, the same way the Chaldeans were doing?

Daniel, Hananiah, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t compromise. And, yes, they paid a price. Daniel was later thrown into a den of lions and the other three were thrown into a fire. God preserved them and showed His mighty power to King Nebuchadnezzar. But they had decided that even if they were not saved from the physical death they faced, they were still not going to compromise.

Our decisions are the same. Standing strong will bring opposition and persecution. We may not always be rescued in the way we want, but we know that God is still God and His mighty power will be shown.

These Hebrew men are examples to us today of how having an excellent spirit within us that is free of
Babylonian culture enticed compromise
compromise will keep us strong when we face tribulation. In America, we have not faced what they experienced, but there are thousands world-wide who have. Christians are persecuted all over the world because they refuse to bow to compromise and deny their faith. Many are killed.

But Americans are faced with threats and legislation we have never experienced before. Compromise abounds in the education and political system that fights against the freedom to pray, preach and read the Bible in public places. The slimy fingers of compromise have slithered into the pulpit of some churches, and pastors refuse to preach the true gospel for fear of losing church members, offerings and tax statuses.

As individuals, we must decide where we stand. I must ask myself if I will follow in the footsteps of four faithful Hebrew men who refused to give in even when death faced them. I hope I can be as strong as they were with whatever I am challenged with.

But the only weapon any of us have against the enemy of compromise is the Word of God. We can’t be strong without His food, fellowshipping with Him and hearing His instructions.

Compromise is an enemy we all face and we must decide how to handle it.

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