Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 1 Scripture Selection: John 8:39-59
Food for Thought: John 8:38-44, 47
In the spirit, there are only two fathers: God the Father or the devil. And there is no gray area between the two. It is either one or the other. That is why it is so dangerous to “yoke up” with a person who does not honor the Father God in word and deed.
The Word is very clear on this admonishment: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,
and I will receive you’ (2 Cor. 6:14-17).” Many of the problems in marriages, friendships, and business partnerships could be avoided completely if all believers would understand that we are spirit beings, and our Father is God because we have been born again, but not all people—even those who seem to be “good people”—can claim Him as their Father.
This does not mean that we should never have anything to do with unbelievers. Jesus, in John 17:15, makes this point clear: “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” There is a difference between “yoking up” in soul and spirit with unbelievers and just being light to them. Being yoked to another binds you together with them. This eventually causes moral compromises or brings the believer to fall victim to the other’s ungodly influences in one way or another.
A believer who is so eager to enter a relationship with an unbeliever needs first to take a step back, pray for the other, share Christ boldly with him/her, and wait for the Lord to become his/her Father. It is well worth the wait. The damages to the soul and spirit are avoided, and the relationship can start on an even plain. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (Amos 3:3)”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
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