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Friday, 7th July 2017: One compromise will always lead to another!

Scripture Reading: 1Sam 15:22-23
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Reflections: To compromise is to ‘lower or weaken agreed standards’. King Saul compromised the first time. He disobeyed Samuel’s instructions to wait for him and went ahead to offer the sacrifice himself (1Samuel 13:11). Thereafter, he compromised again. This time around, he failed to totally heed Samuel’s instruction to destroy the Amalekites and their cattle and all that they had. He spared Agag, the king of Amalek and brought him to Gilgal and also the best of the cattle, saying that he brought them to sacrifice to the Lord. Instantly God judged him and took away the kingdom from him (1 Sam 15:22). Compromising God’s word and standard amounts to disobedience which attracts divine judgement. One thing is clear from the story: one compromise leads to another. It is therefore important to completely quit compromising on agreed standards. Don’t ever compromise. Ask God for grace!

Prayer:  Dear Lord, grant me grace to keep to your word and to stay out of compromising conditions.

Confession: My mind is made up. I will not yield to compromising conditions.

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