Welcome to #KingdomManna on #InspireAfricaProject! It’s painful to note that some people who were supernaturally blessed with enviable destinies ended up as street urchins, prostitutes, armed robbers, drug peddlers, 419ers and nonentities because of the kind of people they chose to flow with! Some people were brilliant in the secondary school but ended up as dullards when they gained admission into the university because they chose to flow with rifraffs instead of people that are as brilliant as they are.
Dear friend, you must understand that friendship is not by FORCE, it’s by CHOICE! The company you keep will determine what will accompany you in this life. Who you follow will definitely determine the path you follow. Nobody woke up one day and chose to become bad, somebody came into his or her life and coached him or her. Samson derailed, lost his position as a leader, lost his eyes, and became a grinder in the prison because he chose to flow with an agent of darkness! Am sure Samson knew that Delilah was having a negative influence on him, yet he chose to flow with her.
What made me angry is Delilah said to Samson; “Tell me, dear, the secret of your great strength, and how you can be tied up and humbled.” Judges 16:6. She was indirectly saying, honey, show me what I can do to humble you so that I can kill you and waste your destiny! At that point, Samson should have escaped for his dear life! But brother Samson kept playing with a lady whose assignment was to render him useless, and turn him into an object of mockery. How can you play with your destiny? How can you see fire and walk into it?
Bad friendship ruined Amnon’s life. He was lusting after his half-sister, Tamar, but didn’t know what to do. Instead of scolding him for having that kind of bad thought, his friend, Jonadab gave him the strategy he would use. “..Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.” 2 Samuel 13:5.
Amnon ended up raping Tamar on the process, and this happened, “Now Absalom commanded his servants, saying, “Watch now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon!’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and valiant.” So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and each one got on his mule and fled.” 2 Samuel 13:28-29. Amnon died prematurely because he chose a crafty man as his friend.
Reading the story of the late Whitney Houston whose voice redefined music worldwide, and how a man came into her life and ruined everything she ever built by introducing her to a negative lifestyle made me very sad. Look at how her only daughter died.
At the end of the day, that same man might take over all she ever laboured to acquire and start enjoying it with other women, simply because Whitney did not know that some people who are envious of your career may come close to you in order to ruin your entire life! How I wish she is alive to read this!
I read the story of a lady whom her so called friend arranged some boys to rape because she was claiming to be holy! A lady said that when a girl who donated her body to every Tom, Tony and Thomas sees a girl that is still a virgin, she will become angry. She said that in most cases, she will look for a way to befriend that virgin in order to introduce her to her lifestyle so that they will all be the same level. Be careful because somebody might be coming close to you in order to introduce you to a lifestyle that will make you an enemy of God.
How can you say that somebody is your friend and he or she doesn’t like God? For instance, when you are praying, he is mocking you, and when you are studying the Word of God, he will be laughing at you. When the person see the way you love your spouse, he or she would be mocking you as if you have done anything bad, yet, you are still claiming that the person is your friend? That kind of friendship will definitely lead to complete destruction!
Anyone you call a friend that always encourage you to do the things you vowed not to do is an agent of destruction sent from the pit of hell to rupture your enviable destiny! Where were the friends of the Prodigal Son when his money finished? They lured him out of his fathers house, drained his resources and abandoned him to pigs!
The wise man said, “He that walk with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall end up in destruction.” Who are your friends? Fools or wise people? If you don’t want what happened to Samson and Amnon to happen to you, then your friends must have the kind of values you have, otherwise he or she should stay far away from you. Wisdom is profitable to direct! Welcome to the week of uncommon accomplishments! See you at the top!
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