Home Breakers! (4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Welcome to the concluding part of the teaching on HOME BREAKERS. In the previous editions, I taught on anger, bitterness, impatience and covetousness. These are some of those things that can break homes. Consciously working on these weaknesses will bring about a quick turn-around in your life. This week, I shall conclude this teaching by examining the topic “Wrong Company.”
The Word of God in Proverbs 13:20 says: …He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. A man doesn’t have to be completely foolish to be destroyed; all he needs to do is to walk with the foolish and soon, the folly in his friend will become part of him too. Walking with a foolish person is as bad as being foolish.
The company you keep either makes or mars you. It doesn’t leave you neutral. The major cause of problems in some homes today is wrong company caused by family members who keep receiving counsel and moving with people who always cause trouble in their homes. Wrong association will affect you negatively. It will make you do things that you may never have done on your own. You must be careful about your choice of company and friends.
A wise man once said “Show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.” Who is your friend? If your friend is one that is a liar, a cheat, one that beats his wife or one that is covetous and into adultery and you think you are not anything like him or her, then you are wrong. Very soon, the nature of your friend will begin to rub off on you and the end result will be destruction.
Anyone that constantly gives you wrong counsel against your wife, husband or family well-being will destroy your home. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says: Be not deceived: evil communication corrupt good manner. A wrong company or association corrupts good manners. The basis for any association should be agreement (Amos 3:3). When the company or association you keep is not in agreement with the things you believe in, then you must quit your relationship with that company.
Remember, friendship as they say, is by choice and not by force! Separate yourself from wrong friends. Be selective in your association. Select your friends in wisdom. Do not allow wrong company to destroy your family and home.
How and where should you choose your friends? Your friends must be selected prayerfully. There are some people that may appear good on the outside, but within, they are full of cankerworms. You must engage the Holy Spirit to lead you to who you should be close to. Do not just discuss your family affairs with anybody, but find out if such a person has the Spirit of God in him or her.
The ultimate help is from above and not from any human. If you need help in your home run to God. However, help from God will come faster when you are born-again. If you would like to be born-again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today acknowledging that I am a sinner who needs Your forgiveness. I believe You died for me and rose again on the third day. Forgive me my sins, wash me with Your Blood and write my name in the Lamb’s Book of life. Thank You Lord for saving me.”
Congratulations, you are now born-again! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now a child of God.He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.