When I moved to Fort Hood, Texas I didn’t know what to expect. Being a wife wasn’t new to me, but being a military wife was. I was completely new to the Army life and what all it entails. I had no idea how everything was going to be or what it was going to be like living in a military town. Even now, I don’t even have half of it figured out.
I was worried about making friends, finding a job, finding a good church to go to, and losing a huge pay cut. It was like I was getting a fresh start all over again. Not very often do people get the chance to start over. I finally became one of those lucky few who do get that chance to start over and yet, here I was worried about everything under the sun.
Out of all the things I was worried about, I was most worried about mine and my husbands spiritual life. You see, we were raised in the same church our entire lives, so that is all we have ever known. We have always been near a church that believes the same as us and to be honest, I took it for granted. We have always been so used to having our church families surrounding us for support and mentoring and now, we don’t have that and it is hard.
The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
This scripture tells us that we as sisters in Christ need each other for support and growth. It is important as fellow believers, that we surround ourselves with like-minded people. The Bible clearly tells us that we need each other to help us in our walks with Christ. We need a sister in Christ to be there for us when we are in need of prayer. We need a sister in Christ when we are just in need of some good, clean fun. We need a sister in Christ when we are happy and when we are sad. It is important to be surrounded by people that have the same values and morals as we do.
When we surround ourselves with people who only want to make us waiver on our beliefs, we’re not allowing our walks with the Lord to grow. Instead, we are allowing the enemy of our souls to steer us away from the Lord.
I know many people are probably thinking, “Well, Jesus ate with sinners, so what is the problem?” The problem is that we influence one another in our daily lives. People that we allow into our lives can either influence us in a positive way or they can influence us in a negative way. That is why God’s word teaches us to be careful with who we allow into our lives and who we allow to influence us.
Jesus did converse and eat with sinners. That statement is true, but people tend to think that Jesus was hanging out with them just to have some fun, when in fact, He was with them to witness to them about salvation and how different their lives could be if they chose to let go of their sins and allowed Jesus into their hearts. Jesus went to the sinners to speak to them about the truth of God’s word and to plant seeds into their hearts that maybe one day those seeds would bloom into having faith in Jesus and accepting Him as their Savior.
Jesus traveled with the disciples, which were men of God who knew that Jesus was the true and only Messiah that could save everyone from their sins. Jesus was always surrounded by the godly men that we read about in scriptures today. Jesus didn’t surround Himself 24/7 with sinners or travel with sinners to spread the Gospel. Jesus traveled and spent the majority of His time with the disciples because they were like-minded. The disciples believed the same way about the word of God and about Jesus.
Jesus surrounded Himself with godly people and we too, must surround ourselves with godly people to help keep us strong in our faith.
I remember growing up, I backslid and turned away from the Lord. I had friends who were not believers and eventually, I allowed for their ways to influence me into doing things I knew deep down were wrong. I didn’t choose to surround myself with people who would help me in my walk with God, but instead I chose to surround myself with people who would pull me away from my walk with God. It is true that people can’t make you change or force you to do anything you don’t want to do, but at the same time, the people in your life and within your circle will influence in one way or another.
What way do you want people influencing you today?
I had to learn the hard way that it is important to fellowship with our sisters in Christ. Fellowship is important because it gives us the opportunity to come together and talk about the Lord, worship the Lord, pray together, and encourage one another in the word of God. When we come together as sisters in Christ, we are able to all grow stronger in our walks with Christ together.
Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
We as daughters of the one true King have a responsibility to one another. If a sister in Christ is hurting, go to them and pray with them or pray for them. If a sister in Christ is in need of something, supply that need the way the Lord tells you to. If a sister in Christ is feeling alone or depressed, remind them through scriptures that they are not alone and that they don’t have to be depressed. You see, it is our sisters in Christ that uplift us and help us to keep our minds and hearts on God. The people of this world, who do not know Jesus can’t do these things for us and that is why it is so important to be surrounded by godly people.
Sinners of this world are good people and we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from them completely because they need to know about Jesus. But at the same time, we need to be careful on who we allow ourselves to be close to because those people can either lead us closer to God or they can lead us further away from God.
Fellowship is important and so is having godly friends in your life. I know first hand how hard and isolating it can feel to not be able to find godly people around you, but just know, they are out there and God will lead you to them or He will lead them to you because He knows what you are in need of.
So today, if you are finding yourself to be discouraged because you can’t seem to find any godly girlfriends to surround yourself with, pray and ask the Lord to send the right people into your life. The Lord will answer your prayers in His time, but you must be patient during the wait.