REFORMERS UNANIMOUS 10 PRINCIPLES (PART 5)
When we look into the Reformers Unanimous ministry, most people will ask “What is it”? Reformers Unanimous is unapologetically a Christ centered faith based addictions ministry that helps those bound in addictions get victory through Jesus Christ. The way that we facilitate this is through a few resources:
A. Three Talks
B. Ten Principles
C. Dynamic Testimonials
D. Spirit Filled Biblical Application
Today we will focus on the ten principles and how we can apply them to our lives as we seek to a clean, sober victorious life in Christ.
PRINCIPLE #5 “Small Compromises Lead To Great Disasters (Otherwise Known As Little Sins Lead To Big Sins).”
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I remember a few years ago, my wife made us lunch which consisted of taco meat and all the fixings to include cheese and other goodies. This happened on a Saturday in the late fall when college football was in full swing. She went downstairs to complete some chores while I remained upstairs watching the football game. I remember her saying something about leaving me lunch but wasn’t really sure. So I went into the kitchen for a snack and guess what I saw. A skillet of prepared taco meat. So I got a little bit, enough so she wouldn’t notice, but quickly found myself back in the kitchen for another helping. You know, I actually thought briefly, “shouldn’t I wait for my wife”. Then I reasoned within myself “Well if she wanted to eat together, then she wouldn’t have went downstairs”. So I went forward and consumed more of this delicious food. Pretty soon, there was hardly anything left and guess who was coming up the stairs. I was filled with anxiety and began to actually fabricate excuses as to why I had eaten 5 pounds of taco meat all by myself.
When I saw the hurt on her face I realized that this was just more than eating food, it was actually a problem of control and selfishness. Get this, the damage was already done and there was nothing that I could do to correct it. All of this happened because I made one small compromise and satisfied my personal desires. This selfish action hurt another and consumed resources. All because of one small compromise. Today, we will see a few things about this amazing principle and how to overcome it.
A. Compromises Happen When We Are Distracted
I was in the living room watching that football game and not considering the environment around me which caused me to direct my focus to what I considered important. I had literally put my relationships and priorities on the back burner.
In the lives of those that have a stubborn habit or dependance to things that were once priorities have faded from clear focus to blurriness. Those things that weren’t once important, or wasn’t even in the picture, have been elevated to the front of the line. Most people with addictive behavior or those that fail to get the victory, have distractions that keep them from running their race effectively. You can’t win a race if you can’t focus enough to stay on the track. You will disqualify yourself by leaving the track! What things in your life pull your focus away from God? Have you even recognized it or are you sitting down oblivious to the distractor? Compromises Happen When We Are Distracted.
B. Compromises Happen When We Are Decision-Making
Unlike a lot of people think, compromises are conscious choices. One doesn’t just happen to fall into a bad situation. They plan, they prepare and they partake. Often when we are in the midst of making decisions we will want to make everyone happy including the flesh, the mind’s eye and our own selfish pride.
The cycle of compromise in decision making is something like this:
Dilemma – When a situation comes up we will begin to mull over why this has happened. Then we will begin to respond emotionally to this situation. This is where people react.
Data – When the situation comes up and after they purge emotion, they begin to mull over scores of data in their minds. This includes but is not limited to: asking questions, blaming others, looking into the frequency this issue has happened in the lives of those close to them. This is where people begin to research.
Decision – After people have went over all the data they will eventually land on the best decision “for them” and move forward with this option. This is where people make a ruling.
Doing – After the decision is made people will begin to enact their plan or prepare to carry out their plan. This phase will eventually branch off into two categories. WISE & UNWISE. This doing step is where people resolve.
Delight or Depression – After an action has taken place, whether good or bad, the person will feel delight or depression. This is the response of people after their resolution.
Delight – This is the emotion when a decision or an action works out in a favorable way that both benefits and blessed the requesting person.
Depression – This is an emotion where a decision or an action has not worked out favorably. The requesting party feels as if they have suffered loss as a result of poor circumstances.
Devoted or Devastated – After the impact emotion, most people will increase in their devotion or they will decrease and become devastated. This is the repercussion.
Devoted – The person, as a result of their experience, will trust God and go forward into a deeper relationship with Him.
Devastated – The person will feel as if God does not love them and begin to reach out for love & acceptance from others or other things.
Develop or Diminish – After the cross roads mentioned afore, the person will begin to develop spiritually and have a committed walk with God or their service to God will diminish. Once their service diminishes, their walk will atrophy and die out. Then it will be easy for them to except false teachings, surrender their standards and convictions and act just like the world. The is the result of decision making and the road to compromise.
C. Compromises Happen When We Are Depleted
Many people often get burnt out of doing good and getting no appreciation for their efforts. They may begin to feel like “Does anyone even care? Does anyone even notice? Am I even making a difference?” In their minds, they feel like a farmer that plants 100 acres of crops but his harvest only yields about 50 acres of fruit. The world will see this as a waste and tell you that it’s not worth it, however, to the people who’s families were fed with the fruits of his labor, they appreciate it.
The bible tells us in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Don’t compromise! Hold on to your standards, hold on to the scriptures and hold on to the Savior. A lack of energy, emotion, enthusiasm, encouragement and endurance can/will make people seek the easy way. A small compromise here will lead to another one here and another one there until there is a great disaster. In tomorrow’s devotional we will cover another practical principle. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.