Barriers – Influences

09-06-15


“Instead he (God) is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9b‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A toxic influence is anything that has the ability/potential to pull us away from God instead of drawing us closer to God.

Possible influences:
  1. Media
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Internet
    • Computer/video games
  2. Those with whom we associate
3 things to remember about toxic influences:
  1. A little bit of poison goes a long way. ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭5:6-7‬
  2. Just because everyone does it, doesn’t make it right.
  3. Just because we could, doesn’t mean we should. 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:21-22‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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