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Continuing from yesterday on friends, we began by using Amnon and Jonadab as our case study.

…maybe if his friend had not given him that counsel, he might have lived longer. So the question is, who is your friend? Your friend is the definition and description of your life. Watch the friends you have. Friendship is by choice and not by force.

If you are still single and probably living with your parents, can you confidently introduce your friend to your parents? If your friend is a goal-getter, he will influence you. If she is a gold digger, she will also influence you.

A friend is defined as a person you know well and regard with affection and trust. So you really want to be careful who is covering your back.

Don’t lie down with dogs or else you rise with fleas. Disconnect from those distracting your destiny. The one telling you that you cannot be rich unless you sell your body is not a friend.

The one telling you that you are a bush girl for being a virgin is a foe disguising as an enemy. The one telling you to cheat on your spouse and taste stolen waters is not a mentor but a tormentor of destiny!

The one telling you that you cannot make it unless you become crooked and con is not really a friend.

A good friend will bring progress into your life, but a bad friend will usher you into retrogression!

I love these translations of Proverbs 13:20

Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. –Proverbs  13:20 (MSG)

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined. –Proverbs 13:20 (GNB)

So make up your mind today. Disconnect and reconnect where necessary. Friendship begins with friendship with Jesus. He will then lead you and guide and help you choose good friends who will add to your destiny.

May God, the lover of your soul guide you to choose good friends that will advance your life!

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
I have the strength to disconnect from bad influences. I will no longer be subject to weak and beggarly elements. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I have God’s Spirit and He helps me to choose my friends. I am not naïve, I am decisive in God.

PRAYERS FOR THE DAY
God, deliver me from the snares and traps of wrong association. Open the eyes of my understanding, O Lord, and flood my heart with your light.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
There are friends who may be a man’s destruction, but there is a lover who keeps nearer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24

ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
Make a list of your friends. The good, and the bad. Keep the good and disconnect from the bad ones. It is your choice.

BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY
Jeremiah 15



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