“9. Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 12. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth…”
(1 Kings 17: 9, 12)
That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today.
During Elijah’s conversation with the woman of Zarephath, she made mention of the Lord. That woman lived in an ungodly, pagan territory, she lived among people who didn’t know God, but she knew about the Lord. She knew what people in her environment did not know.
The woman of Zarephath was not in Israel, but she connected to the covenant of Israel. The order of the day around her was idolatry, but she did not become part of that order. She did not allow her environment to feed her; she did not allow what was wrong in her environment to go wrong in her. She was different from her environment.
Friend, dare to be better than your environment. Don’t allow the negativity around you to become part of you; don’t become ungodly because others around you are ungodly; don’t become dishonest because people around you are dishonest; don’t engage in a vice simply because people around you are involved.
Don’t allow the negativity in your environment to feed you; don’t allow the voice of haters to feed you; don’t allow your doctor’s report to feed you; don’t allow the negative news you hear or read in the media to feed your mind with negativity; don’t allow the negative reports of people around you to dampen your spirit or slow you down.
If your environment doesn’t feed you, you will rise above it. The negativity around you has no business living in you; don’t allow what is wrong around you to come into you.
2 Corinthians 6 vs. 17 says: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
Pray With Me: Lord, the negativity around me will not find room in me, in Jesus’ name!
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