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February 20, 2008

The Impact of Compromise...

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Greetings, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

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I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul.

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Years ago I was involved in Beth Moore's wonderful "Believing God" Bible study at my church. She encouraged each of us to wear a blue bracelet which signified our commitment to "up our level of sanctification."

We all have areas of subtle compromise or sluggishness, and the challenge was for us to step it up in our commitment to holiness.

Though we know that only God by His Holy Spirit can affect real change in our lives, we are the ones who who take the first steps in either flirting with compromise or walking away from it.

So what about you?

Can you think of an area of your life where you have let down your guard or simply blended with a godless people?

During one of our family meetings when our sons were young, we all stood in a circle, holding hands. I looked each of them in the eyes and said, "You are so important to this family. You are a gatekeeper. Whatever you allow in your life, you allow in ours. Your decisions will always impact more than just you. God has made you that important."

God has been speaking to me lately about that truth in my own life.

Because of the authority God has given my husband and me in our home, our choices carry even more weight than our sons' choices.

With all my heart I believe that where I compromise, I open the door for my sons to struggle even more so.

I'm that important.

And so are you.

This morning I was reading about Lot and Abraham.

Two men.

Both with a knowledge of God and an awareness of right and wrong.

One blended with a godless people, the other interceded for them.

My commentary wrote this about Lot:

(Because of Abraham's intercession...)

"The angels insisted that Lot and his family leave the city. But when he tried to persuade his sons-in-law, they thought he was joking. His backslidden life nullified his testimony when crisis came...We know from 2 Peter 2:7,8 that Lot was a just man, but because of his worldliness, he lost his testimony..." (Believer's Bible Commentary, p. 57).

Now here we see the incredible impact of Lot's decision to compromise:

"Leaving Zoar, Lot fled to a mountain cave. There his daughters made him drunk and enticed him to commit incest with them...Thus began the Moabites and Ammonites, who became recurring thorns in Israel's side. It was the Moabite women who later seduced the men of Israel to commit immorality (Numbers 25:1-3) and Ammonites who taught Israel the worship of Molech, including the sacrifice of children." (p.57)

When most people think of Sodom, they think of sexual perversion, of which there was an abundance. But in Ezekiel 16:49 it says this:

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

What a sobering word for us!

We live in a blessed and abundantly wealthy country and as a result, we mistakenly think that life is good because we are good. While many die of starvation every day, we struggle with eating, drinking, and buying too much. And though we are aware of the needs around us, we often think mostly of ourselves.

You've heard it said that whatever issues you have as a single person will only be amplified once you're married.

I submit that in whatever ways we compromise, so will our sons and daughters, and even more so.

Not to say that they cannot make the choice to repent for the sinful tendencies we've handed down to them. They can do that, and God will redeem the low areas in their character, but do we really want to leave them that kind of legacy?

If you have a tendency to gossip and judge, I can almost guarantee your kids will follow suit.
If you tend to be the one to grab the best seat, your kids probably do the same thing.
If you tend to cut corners and tell partial truths, turn around and watch, because your kids are learning from you.

May we understand and embrace the impact of our choices today and everyday!

Take an inventory today and ask God to show you what in your life has to go, so you can lay hold of more of Him.

Have a blessed and fruit-filled week!

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Dear Anna,

How nice to meet you.

I so appreciate the honesty of your post and you are so right; nothing challenges our character like parenting our children. It's far too easy to get caught up in all of the issues their weaknesses bring up in us! All the more reason for us to get free, maintain our freedom, and then pass it on to them. They deserve the best legacy we can give them.
Bless you~

There is nothing quite like a child to bring us to our knees . . . so many times, as a nanny and home schooling teacher, I have wept at my own weaknesses: I lose my patience, I miss the importance of each moment, I focus on the urgent rather than on the important . . .
And still God provided grace through the forgiveness of little ones.
Thank you for this post, Susie--I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog :-)

Dear Loree,

Isn't that an awesome thought? It really puts our value in perspective.

Easy to forget. Important to remember.

Have a great day~

Thank you! This one struck a cord for me! I'll be chewing on this one probably this week and next!! I've never thought about each member of the family being a gatekeeper - what a truth!

Have a great weekend! God bless you!

Dear Kathy,

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have I mentioned that I absolutely love your daughter? What an exceptional young woman she is!

Thanks too for standing with me during my busy speaking season. I rely on the prayers of my friends!

Blessings to you~

Dear Carrie,

Isn't it a painfully, wonderful experience to do that kind of soul searching? God is always there to meet us at our points of need. He will redeem our mistakes and fill in the gaps with our kids. Greater still, is when we are able to do this while they are still young.
Bless you!

susie,
I love your deep truths. I have been doing this personal inventory over the past few weeks. I was "seeing" things in my children that perhaps they learned from me over the years...
Needless to say I have been doing a lot of apologizing and asking forgiveness. ugh!

Hi Susie, thanks again for your wisdom and some real meat to chew on. You'll be in my prayers these next few weeks - may God fill you with His strength and wisdom.

Vonda,

You're a treasured friend.
Bless you~
S.

Oh, my goodness, Rebecca!

You've just made my day.

Thank you so much for your incredible encouragement and even more so, for your prayers.

I love what you're doing at your church. What a powerful exercise.

I call that living close to the cross. Close to repentance; close to humility; close to forgiveness; wrapped in grace.

Dear Lauren,

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

I have to tell you, that was a powerful time with our sons. They are grown up now and they still remember the impact of that family meeting.

Bless you!

Sweet Andrea,

How wonderful to hear from you!

Thanks for being such a faithful intercessor on my behalf.

Blessings to you, my friend.

Thank you for another sobering reminder of our responsiblity and privilege as God's children. I'm praying for you, dear friend.

Hi Susie! Our church is celebrating lent this year, we are having a forty day fast from something. While fasting we are to pray and read God's word, asking Him what we need to repent of. I'm sad to say I have started a list. This is so humbling for me. But at the same time so overwhelmingly satisfying . We are also having prayer night every Sunday. It's been amazing!! God is making Himself known.
Also, I talk about you all the time to my husband! I have been reading your books since the conference and I wanted to tell you my husband read your book Mercy in the Wilderness in half a day. I make a point to pray for you everyday. Your an inspiration to me and my family. God bless you dear sister in Christ!

Thanks Susie, what a timely challenge. I LOVE what you did with your kids.

This one really hit home today. Thanks, Susie! God's been trying to get my attention for the last week and he really grabbed me today with this. Blessings on your ministry and your "3-week marathon" coming up! Love you, sister!

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