2 Chronicles 22:4
He did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
In my time with the Lord this morning I was in 2 Chronicles 22 where Ahaziah takes leadership as King. He makes the fatal mistake of getting bad counsel which ends up costing him his life.
We may think we would never seek bad counsel, but the reality for all of us is that we are getting bad counsel every single day. The world is telling us we deserve to be comfortable. It is telling us what is right, what is wrong, and how we should think about issues. The media we are exposed to is constantly trying to shape our thinking.
Think about how this affects our kids. The majority of celebrities and athletes they look up to have an ungodly influence on their lives. Working with student ministries over the last 17 years we have seen a significant shift in the thinking of kids. Most junior high and high school kids today are embracing an ungodly worldview. We may think this is affecting just our kids but it's us as well. Look at all of the denominations that have caved on biblical issues in favor of the world’s applause.
The antidote to this poison is the Word.
For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
We have the privilege and responsibility of renewing our minds by washing it with God's word. We also have that same privilege and responsibility of teaching this to our children. It's critical that we consistently go to God's word when we are seeking answers. Let us be a people, who like David, say, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”