This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about the cascading effect of negative energy. I began pondering this as I was reading about the Israelites and their journey.
At one point, they came to the town of Acacia, and some of the men defiled themselves by sleeping with the Moabite women. If we look closely at the cascading effect this has, we see that they began by sleeping with the women, but it got much worse from there.
The women soon encouraged them to worship the gods of Moab. Then, their worship led them to officially start attending sacrificial ceremonies for these gods. Before long, Israel was worshiping Baal, the golden calf which made the Lord very angry.
From this story, we learn that our light is meant to shine in dark places—not to become dimmed by the dark.
There are times when we find ourselves on this slippery slope. Perhaps we don’t like to be confrontational, or we want to maintain all of our relationships, even those that need to end.
For these reasons, we may sometimes find ourselves saying that we will do one kind of bad thing, but not the next. In other words, we start reasoning with ourselves, saying that we won’t go too far, but we’ll just go a little farther. Before we know it, there is a ripple effect of negative energy.
Therefore, the next time that you’re in that kind of environment, just cling to these words: “Do not be deceived. Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV)
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So today, let us watch the company that we keep, and stop any cascading effect of negative energy that we might encounter.