Verses 18 and 19 discuss the enemies of the cross. The chapter closes like it began, "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation." (3:2) To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
For many walk of whom I have told you often
In verse 17 Paul encouraged the Philippians to mark out those who are mature. Mature believers live on earth as if they were already in heaven. (v.20) Now by graphic contrast he sets forth the flip side–those who detract from growth. The negative crowd we run with, influences our values.
This is a major problem for teenagers who are in the "identity crisis." They gain their identity from what others in their group think about them. Teens are vulnerable to the crowd. When they are by themselves they seem to be fine. When they run with the crowd that is another story. They are easily led. Group pressure sweeps them along in values they would not otherwise hold. If they get into the right crowd where they can see living, flesh and blood, examples of those who walk with the Lord, the impact will be for good.
Paul reminded the Philippians many times of those who would detract from their lives. He told them "often." Paul employed "redundancy" as a valuable device. Leadership takes responsibility to constantly warn their followers of danger.
PRINCIPLE: Good leadership identifies negative influences and structures countervailing principles into the people they lead.
APPLICATION: As a leader in your home, do you forewarn your family about negative influences? Peer pressure cannot transcend fifteen years of values inculcated into the life. If our teens are secure enough in themselves that they can stand against the crowd, they have reached a maturity beyond most. If we are to build teens who are independent of social pressure, we need to communicate biblical convictions at a young age. We need many young men and women who, like Daniel, dare to stand alone.
When we see how Satan tries to deceive us,and even had the gall to try to tempt Jesus,this shows he has power on this earth to waylay our plans for reaching salvation and our true destiny...we have free will,God loves us,and persons like you are placed in our path to see the truth,the light and the way...hugs...
I am so very grateful that the sunlight of the spirit is shinning on me, in me, and through me.
The lesson is clear...either you choose the darkness or you search for the light,and follow Jesus...thanks for sharing...
Yes my Sister, I couldn't have said it better myself and you forgot to say, "All around me!" Shut yo mouth lol! That's all we have to do my Sister, is let the "Son Shine In", Amen? Be Blessed! Love, ~EA~
Denise Stacy said:I am so very grateful that the sunlight of the spirit is shinning on me, in me, and through me.