CONSEQUENCES OF ASSOCIATION.

MarcusIf you associate with the godly, the righteous and the humble, you’ll be blessed but when you associate with the wicked, the ungodly and evil, the consequence is that you’ll be cursed.

Psalms 1:1 says “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” I paraphrase Psalms 1:1 this way “Cursed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the godly, nor standeth in the the way of the righteous, nor sitteth in the seat of the humble.” Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. The wise is the person who fears God (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, 9:10) and the fool is he who says in his heart there is no God (Psalms 14:1).

That’s not all, the blessed righteous man delights in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night (Psalms 1:2); as a consequence the righteous man shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringteth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Psalms 1:3)! Wow, it is good to be righteous in the Lord. Now hear this, the ungodly are not so: they are like chaff which the wind driveth away (Psalms 1:4). The ungodly fails in everything he does and the end of the ungodly is to be destroyed.

Hmm… my beloved friend, please check your life and associations.

Talking about righteousness, no man has the power to be or make himself righteous except God. That is why we must first of all repent and forsake our evil deeds, accept and believe the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, thereby taking away all our sins and iniquities and making us righteous before God.

That’s the starting point; otherwise whatever righteousness or good you do outside of Christ is as a filthy rag (Isaiah 64:6).

It is as you repent, accept and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour and forsake all your evil deeds that the Spirit of the Living God will begin to lead your step to associate with other righteous, godly and humble people and thereby being blessed by such company!

May God grant you grace to repent and forsake all your evil deeds and May the Spirit connect you from now onto blessed people that you may also be blessed in Jesus Name. Amen.

God bless you.

Marcus Edibogi Akor

marcusakor@yahoo.com, 08053849232.

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About Marcus

Marcus Edibogi Akor is the team leader of The Bridge Youth Development Foundation with office in Benue State, Nigeria empowering young people through leadership and entrepreneurship skills acquiring programs to realize their full potential. The Bridge is registered as a corporate body with registration number CAC/IT/NO 60651. He is a fellow of Democracy Series for Participatory Learning and Actions by Youth, Africa Season 8 (DESPLAY Africa) program of Youngstars Development Initiative and National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, USA. He has acquired skills through several training programs both online, in Nigeria and abroad in the areas of Leadership, Peace development, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention of Mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Human Reproductive Health, Monitoring & Evaluation, Information Management System, Public Health and others. He was the only youth from Nigeria to be invited to participate in 2011 Leadership and Entrepreneurship training of Kanthari International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators, India. In Kanthari, he gained Leadership, project management, Public Speaking, Fundraising and communication skills. During the training, he attended two months internship in The Apparel Source, Tamil Nadu, India. He is a current Student at the International Institute for Global Leadership, USA. He loves volunteering. Marcus believes developing Youth through empowerment is critical to reaching the sustainable development we all yearn for in our country Nigeria and the world at large. I am passionate about positive social change especially in the lives of young people.
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