we have learned about God’s disciplinary pattern, we know that
there is no place for compromise. It will rob us of our power
to progress, stop our growth and cause us to slide backward.
We must develop a fierce determination to always wear the
whole armor of God and “when we have done all, to stand”
(Ephesians 6:13). Truth can’t be compromised. A half-truth
is a whole lie.
ways often do not make sense to the natural mind, because they
don’t seem to be “logical.” “The just shall live by faith”
(Hebrews 10:38). Faith doesn’t require logic, just total
confidence in our omnipotent, omniscient God. Common sense
tells us when things are going great and stress has gone on to
harass someone else, that this is just where God wants us to
be. However, God doesn’t always operate on our common sense.
His ways are as high above ours as the heaven is the earth.
we do have reprieves now and then, our walk with the Lord is
an ongoing, ever-learning, still-growing process. What if a
flower finally pushed its way out of the dark earth and said,
“Whew, I finally made it through, now I can just sit back and
relax.” It would cease to grow and never become the beautiful
flower it was meant to be. It still has to be nurtured with
nutrients, moisture, sit in the hot sun, survive the stormy
winds, lose its close neighbors who have been thinned out
(Some were weeds anyway!), pruned, pinched back and maybe even
transplanted. It finally reaches its potential. Even then it
will have its spent flowers deadheaded, more pruning and
possibly cut off from the main plant and end up in a flower
vase; but the beauty and the fragrance is enjoyed in a
different environment. “Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12).
likened living in this life to a race. We know that we can’t
stop and have a pity party because our legs are tired and our
muscles are screaming from fatigue if we want to win the
race. We just keep going, giving it all we’ve got until we
reach the finish line. This race will just make us stronger
and more confident that we can win the next one – and the next
one. Thus we learn to “run with patience” (perseverance) the
race that is set before us. It will consist of many laps,
hurdles and even those who would try to hinder our progress,
but “he that endureth to the end” will be the winner. And in
this race, all who finish are winners!
was a time when the church and those who chose to live for
Jesus were subjected to severe persecution. Instead of
withdrawing from pain and rejection, they just drew closer to
God and were empowered to do even more for the Kingdom. When
the apostles were imprisoned and released during the night by
an angel, they didn’t breathe a sign of relief and go into
hiding. The next day, early in the morning, found them at the
most popular place, the temple, speaking “words of this life”
(Acts 5:20). They declared that they ought to obey God rather
than men. They were made stronger in their testimony by the
isn’t very had to stop persecution. All we have to do is
compromise whatever stand we have taken for the Lord and the
standard we are trying to uphold. Compromise will cause the
persecution to cease. But standing firm and holding fast to
God’s standard will invariably bring some kind of persecution,
and sometimes it will come from an unexpected direction.
Regardless of the visible source of persecution, the real
source is Satan. It would be good for us to realize that the
person we are looking at who is wounding us is not the real
enemy. “…we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of
our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of the strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Our
real enemy is Satan.
only effective weapon in this warfare is the “sword of the
Spirit” (the Word). When Jesus faced Satan in His wilderness
trial, that was the only weapon He took into the wilderness
with Him and He won the battle; in fact, He won the war!
Actually the battle is not ours; it is the Lord’s. We are
just warriors called by God to fight in His war. When
individuals or churches compromise, they have already lost the
battle. But as long as we hold up the banner of God, He is
leading and victory is assured.
Compromise may bring temporary relief from the war, but the
results will be disastrous. Complacency will set in and there
will be a false sense of peace. “Where there is no vision,
the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”
(Proverbs 29:18). In order to compromise, the conscience has
to be put to sleep. But there is no real, lasting peace in a
sleepy conscience. To be happy, we have to “keep the law.”
Now we know that no one is capable of totally keeping all the
law, but Jesus did it for us and absolved us from the penalty
of breaking it by taking it upon himself.
compromiser has to try to fill the void that is left when he
turns from keeping the law and depending on Jesus. The
compromiser has to turn from the Word, the only effective
weapon he has, because the Word will convict him of his
condition. He has to reject the wooing of the Holy Spirit as
He tries to awaken the sleeper and draw him back into the
safety of the Lord’s war. That sounds like an oxymoron, but
we are flirting with doom when we try to do battle ourselves.
The only safe place to be is in God’s army, battling God’s
enemy with God’s weaponry. He supplies all the armor and
weapons we need. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians
6:11). That clearly tells us who the enemy is, and we are no
match for the devil without the weapon God provides. We are
no match for the “principalities, powers, rulers of the
darkness, spiritual wickedness” (Ephesians 6:12). The Word is
the only weapon we need.
Word is not intended to make us feel comfortable. It is to
transform us to the image of Jesus and help us walk in God’s
will. This is why some people compromise; they don’t want the
Word to expose their sin because they don’t want to give it
up. They would rather be “at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1) than
have to cease from their disobedience and repent. “Be not
conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
hunter in the woods met a bear. The bear asked the man what
he was doing there. He replied, “I need a fur coat to keep me
warm. What are you doing here?” The bear said he was just
hungry and needed to fill his stomach with food. The bear went
away with his stomach satisfied and the man had a fur coat.
If we live in rebellion, we may get what we want right now,
but if it isn’t what God wants, we have compromised what would
be in our best interests with what satisfies at the moment;
and the price will be far more than we expected to pay.
Compromise is deceptive. The “ease” it brings is really
spiritual quicksand. It will soon swallow up all our
spirituality and our contact with God. The more we
compromise, the less we will desire God’s presence, the less
time we will spend in His Word, the more we will avoid those
who are standing firm and holding up God’s banner while doing
battle with the enemy. We will just sink deeper into the
quicksand until it swallows us.
Compression: The degree of compressing of gas in an internal
combustion engine just before ignition. Tests and trials
“compress” us, motivate us to seek God in prayer and search
His word for answers. They “fire our engines” and without the
“compression,” we become spiritually lazy and at ease. We
lose the spiritual thrust that gives us momentum and
motivation. Trials stretch us to look to God, to live by
faith because we don’t have the solution to the problems that
Without that compression, the ability to utilize the fuel to
run the engine is hampered and ability to carry out the
internal combustion to fire the engine is lost. The result is
loss of power which causes loss of momentum. Our flesh
resists trials and tests. If we walk after fleshly desires,
we will seek a life free of tests. To avoid persecution, we
will try to compromise. Compromise will destroy the
compression necessary in our inner person to drive us to God
and His Word which will give us greater momentum for the
Kingdom of God and make us victorious over the enemy.
Satan can lure us into a compromise, he will give us a false
security, steal our power (destroy our “compression”) and we
will lose the battle. But if we stand firmly on God’s Word
and march obediently in His army, we will have real security,
keep our momentum (firing with the proper internal combustion)
and we will win the battle. Jesus knew we would suffer
persecution because of Him but He also told us how to be
victorious—don’t compromise, stand on the Word, having done
all (that we can), to stand and He would lead us to ultimate
victory and great rewards now and eternally. There is great
purpose in our trials—our salvation!
already know how it all ends!