How can I know if I am following after the wrong people or things? - Following - TouchPoints

How can I know if I am following after the wrong people or things?

Exodus 34:12Be very careful never to make treaties with the people in the land where you are going. If you do, you soon will be following their evil ways.

While this verse was specifically directed to the Israelites who were establishing their own country, it still shows an important principle for us today. Compromise for the sake of pleasing people—particularly people who do not value God’s Word—can lead us to a lifestyle far from God.

Joshua 24:15choose today whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.

Following should not be just blind obedience. It should involve a choice, a definite decision to go in a certain direction. What direction are you choosing?

Psalm 1:1Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.

Proverbs 1:10-11, 15My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us” . . . don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.

If you find yourself spending a lot of time with people who encourage you to do what you know is wrong, you are in danger of following the wrong path.

Ecclesiastes 2:1I said to myself, “Come now, let’s give pleasure a try. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless.

A life free from following God promises the “good life” of following pleasure. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the good things in life, but when they become the goal then they become our god – the thing we are following.Eventually, the pursuit of pleasure leaves us feeling shallow and restless.