SHOW ME YOUR FRIEND AND I WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOU ARE GOING. FRIENDSHIP IS NOT BY FORCE, IT IS BY CHOICE.
IF YOU WANT TO PRESERVE YOUR DESTINY, ENSURE THAT THOSE YOU WALK WITH ARE THE ONES YOU TRULY AGREE WITH BECAUSE YOU MIGHT EITHER END UP BEING WISE OR DESTROYED.
TO LOVE IS A COMMANDMENT, TO ASSOCIATE IS A CHOICE.
-Pastor David Oyedepo Jr at CHoP
*Your destination is determined by your association.
*The preservation of your destiny is determined by your association.
Father, in the name of Jesus, we have come before You this morning to give glory and praise unto Your name. We celebrate You for Your faithfulness and Your goodness, You have done all things well, we give You all the glory. Now we are before You asking that You will speak to us again, let Your Word transform our lives and let Your name be glorified. We give You praise because we know it is done, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Our line of exhortation for this week has been:
EVERY COMMANDMENT OF SCRIPTURES IS FOR OUR PROFITING.
It is clear from God’s Word that every time we receive a commandment from God, it is never to the benefit of God, but rather to the profit of the obedient.
2 Timothy 3:16 – If He says all scripture; then there is no scripture that is not for our profit. Every statement of scriptures is ordained for the profiting of man.
How does He do this leading and teaching? Psalm 119:105.
So the Word of God is God’s instrument to provoke the profit of man and obedience is the price that secures the profit in the Word. So we began looking at specific commandments of scriptures that provoke profits to us.
On Monday, we saw the love commandment, yesterday we saw the fellowship commandment and this morning we are going to look at the godly association commandment.
GODLY ASSOCIATION COMMANDMENT
The Word of God makes clear to us in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 33. No matter how anointed you are, evil communication brings corruption.
The only way to enjoy preservation from corruption is to avoid evil communication. What that means is that we must avoid association with the ungodly. If that is not done, then we stand the risk of trading off our inheritance in Christ.
In other words, you cannot combine ungodly association with this profitable outcome. He said, “blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, that he does not stand in the way of sinners and does not sit in the seat of the scornful”, He said, “but his delight” – Psalm 1:1-2
So the two are divided: the association is ungodly, then this profitable outcome is not accessible. According to God’s Word, it is clear that if we do not avoid ungodly association, we can trade off the promise of our inheritance in Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 7:1 – so if we associate with the world, we become like the world and we trade off the promises of God. That is why it is important for us to understand that our association is a vital indicator of the outcome of our destiny.
It is said, “show me your friend and I will tell who you are.” It can also be said, “show me your friend and I will tell you where you are going.” Your destination is determined by your association.
If the wise become those that you associate with, then ultimately the outcome of your life will be wisdom. It is very clear that your destination is ultimately determined by your association. Who you walk with determines where you walk to.
-May each one of us this morning receive grace to sanitize our association appropriately in the name of Jesus Christ.
It is also important to know that wrong company can destroy a great destiny. Just one wrong association has the capacity to destroy a great destiny. According to God’s Word, every child of God is a child of destiny – Romans 8:29-30
-Every child of God is a child of destiny. Say with me, “I am a child of destiny.”
The destiny of every child of God is ordained to be glorious, because He predestinated such an individual and at the conclusion of it, it was that he may be glorified – Romans 8:30.
Every child of God is a child of destiny and the destiny of every child is ordained to be glorious but a great destiny can be damaged by wrong association.
In scriptures we have examples:
Three individuals Korah, Abiram and Dathan. The Bible tells us that with these 3 rebellious men, 250 others joined themselves to them and we are told that when God’s judgement came, it came not only on Korah, Dathan and Abiram but on all the 250 that were associated with them. So by association, they entered into destruction. It was not them that originated the rebellion, but because they are associated with the rebels, as far as God was concerned, the judgement of God fell upon them and all that were connected to them.
It is important for us to understand that our association is a vital determinant of the preservation of our destinies.
If our destinies are going to be preserved, then our association must be consciously sanitized.
We have the rest of that experience and that story in Numbers chapter 16 verses 31-35.
When God’s judgement came, the ground opened up and swallowed them along with the 250 that were connected to them and all that were with those individuals.
All of them suffered the judgement of God by reason of association.
It is important for us to understand therefore if we are going to be preserved, then we must sanitize our association.
2 Samuel 13:1
One of the sons of David, the Bible tells us that this son of David, Amnon was his name, he had a friend and this friend was Jonadab who gave him evil counsel. By the counsel of Jonadab, Amnon’s destiny was destroyed, he was terminated, simply on the basis of wrong association. It is important for us to understand, if you are going to be preserved, watch your association.
Everybody that entered the same boat with Jonah was in peril until the association with Jonah was broken. Please hear this and hear it very well, if we are going to be preserved in the journey of life, we must heed the commandment of right association.
The Bible says, “one will put a thousand to flight, but two will put ten thousand to flight” –
When you have the right association, you amplify your impact in life and in destiny.
-May no one here be found under the influence of wrong association in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we begin to conclude this morning, we must remember friendship is not by force, it is by choice. To love is a commandment, to associate is a choice.
Amos 3:3 – the truth is this, those you walk with indicate that you agree with them. If you are walking with any individual, what it indicates is that you are in agreement with such an individual. Therefore, if you want to preserve your destiny, ensure that those you walk with are the ones you truly agree with, because ultimately when you walk with the wise, you will end up being wise, but if you walk with fools, you end up being destroyed – Proverbs 13:20.
-May each one of us this morning receive grace to make the right choice concerning our association in the name of Jesus Christ.
Prayers: Lord, I receive grace to make the right choice. Ask Him right now for grace to make the right choice. Ask Him also to open your eyes, in case you have those around you that you are associating that are corruptors of destiny, Lord I receive grace, let my eyes be opened to make the right choice from every agent of hell that may be around me.
Lord, I receive grace, let my eyes be opened. If only the eyes of Amnon could have been opened, his destiny would have been preserved. Lord I receive grace, let my eyes be opened this morning, I must not be a victim like Amnon, I am a child of destiny, my own destiny can not be damaged. Lord, I receive the grace to make the right choice and I declare right now the opening of my eyes. In the name of Jesus Christ. Let my eyes be opened, O Lord.
Begin to give glory to God. Father, thank You, blessed be Your holy name. In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
-I pray this morning for anyone that might have found themselves under the trap of any wrong association, may today mark your day of rescue. In the name of Jesus Christ. May today mark your day of rescue in the name of Jesus Christ.
-The wisdom and sensitivity to avoid such associations, I pray today that the Lord God will grant it unto you, in the name of Jesus Christ. So shall it be.
-You will never be found in the boat of Jonah.
-You will never be found in the company of any Dathan, Abiram and Korah in the name of Jesus.
-No Jonadab will locate you.
Your destiny shall be preserved in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Fliers: Go forth as instruments of harvest, every flier returning with a mighty harvest.
Lord, we send these fliers forth. We declare that every one flier returns with a harvest. No flier shall be barren, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank You Father for it, in Jesus precious name. Amen. It is done, in Jesus precious name.
Don’t forget, the Week of Spiritual Emphasis begins today, continues all the way to Friday. It shall be a season of unusual encounters in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
-No one will go through this season and remain the same.
SPEAK TO THE DAY
Make your declaration right now. Make your declaration concerning the day. You shall decree a thing and it shall be established. Speak to the day right now!!!
Thank You Father, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
-This day is declared blessed. It will be a day of encounters for you in the name of Jesus.
-As you wait upon the Lord, all through the day, your strength shall be renewed.
-All through this day, you will continue to experience divine visitation.
We are still in the week of Special Miracles; therefore, special miracle packages will keep locating you today. In the name of Jesus, so shall it be in Jesus precious name.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer