By Andrea Merrell
She was torn. Commitment to Christ or to her old friends? The choice was hers alone. Would she make the right one?
Bridges to the past can be dangerous to our spiritual health. Any negative influences that keep us looking back at the “pleasures of sin”—and keep our focus away from the Lord—must be burned.
Ephesians 4:27 says, Do not give the Devil a foothold (NIV). But this Scripture refers to more than just anger. When we refuse to get rid of those links to the past—people and things that try to pull us away from God—we leave the path unguarded and wide open for the Enemy to advance. Those bridges can lead back to the wrong type of friends, alcohol or drug abuse, or any number of destructive behaviors.
So, how do we blow up those bridges? By effectual, fervent prayer, and by turning our back on them. To repent means to turn around and go the other way, walking away from those habits and sins that can harm us and those around us. When we become new creations in Christ, everything becomes new … and the old has to go.
My friend made the right choice. She cut off communication with the wrong crowd and walked away from all the harmful influences in her life.
Won’t you do the same? If you have bridges that need to be destroyed, pull out the powerful, life-changing Word of God and put it to work.
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