The Temptation to Compromise

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.” 22So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings. 24Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, “Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Even your little ones may go with you.” 25But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice them to the LORD our God. 26″Therefore, our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind…” (Genesis 10:21-26)
One of Satan’s great ploys is compromise. He does not have to get us to totally surrender to God’s will as long as he can get to settle for less than giving our lives fully to Him. Being willing to compromise is needed in order to have relationships sometimes. Marriage is a give and take situation often times. When more than one good idea is presented in a business meeting, compromise is often the way to get the work done while maintaining peace among employees. But spiritual compromise is deadly. God has made it clear He wants all or nothing inour relationship to Him. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2) So many people play at their relationship with God. They go to church services whenever they want or feel like going, they do little to help in the work of saving the lost, and seldom read God’s word or teach it to their children. Jesus gave up everything to go to the cross so we could be saved. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) Can we give God any less in return?
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