Judges 1

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. Joshua 1:7

The nation of Israel was given a command to drive out its enemies who worshiped other gods. God knew if that did not happen, then Israel would be tempted to abandon its single-minded devotion to Him.

In the book of Judges we find, however, that Israel did not obey God. While many of its enemies were defeated in battle, Israel did not drive them out of the land. Instead, the people of Israel captured many of their enemies and made them their slaves. As the years passed, they intermarried. Later, these very nations rose up against the people of Israel and took them captive.

God demands obedience. Israel’s existence depended on this one thing. The Lord is not a harsh taskmaster. He knows our future, and He knows that sin, if we allow it entry, will keep us from experiencing His blessings.

Often compromise does not begin as flagrant sin. It’s much more subtle but just as deadly. If you are tempted to compromise your life before God, think again of the love God has given you. Take the time to recall His commitment to you. Ask Him to show you the seriousness of the enemy’s pull on your life. There is only one way to deal with thoughts of compromise: Turn and walk away. Anything else is an open invitation to sin against God.

Help me turn and walk away from the deadly sin of compromise. Lord, show me the seriousness of the enemy’s pull on my life.

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