A couple of days ago, I was listening to one of my spotify playlists and a random song came on during shuffle. Since I don’t have a premium account, random songs come on all the time, but this particular time it was a blessing. A song called All The Wrong Things by Branan Murphy came on, and out of interest, I decided to listen to the lyrics. And boy did I get convicted!
The song was about how as humans, we all want the wrong things, such as: power, greed, lust, fame, etc.
One lyric that got me was this:
“I want all the wrong wrong things/ ‘Cause I got all the wrong wrong kings”
And when I heard that I got to thinking and I realized one crucial thing about human nature:
If you tend to desire things that are not of God and only temporarily satisfy your flesh, it may be because of the people you surround yourself with, and the people you idolize.
Often times, as Christians, we like to look inward and judge ourselves rather than our environment. That’s mostly a good thing, seeing as most things that we have control over are in us. But the things you surround yourself with everyday have a very large part in why you do things as well.
My whole life, I’ve been a very impressionable girl who’s easily fascinated with the world. After I got saved, I realized that if I wanted to change, my environment had to as well.
When I say environment, I mean the people you sit with at lunch, or the music you listen to on the radio. The shows you watch, the books you read, the posts on social media. You have to guard yourself from things that don’t serve your walk with God, or else you begin to be filled with other things.
Whats worse isn’t when you’re filled with other things, but when you begin to want them. Temptation is what the Devil will hang over your head like a delicious meal, until have you cave in. Those girls that you hang out with at school who talk about drugs everyday? Soon enough you’re going to want those drugs. You’re listening to music that has curse words in it? Pretty soon you’ll be cursing as well.
Of course, this isn’t premeditated. It isn’t something that you planned to do, but the Devil always has a sneaky way of changing people- and he does it based off who and what you surround yourself with.
It’s a hard step, but changing the people and things you’re around everyday will be the most beneficial thing you can do when you’re on your walk with Christ.
Proverbs 13:20 – Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Proverbs 22:24-25 – Do not be a friend of one who has a bad temper, and never keep company with a hothead, or you will learn his ways and set a trap for yourself.
Galatians 1:10 – For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Remember, honey is sweet!