PODCAST EPISODE NOTES # 9
TITLE: Choose Friends Wisely
Main Point – Wrong friends can get you locked up.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
~ Proverbs 12:26
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
~ Psalms 1:1
(Similar to physical prisons these things shadow spiritual prisons)
Point 1: Friend’s influence
- Thoughts and Opinions
- Attitude and actions
Proverbs 12:26 – The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
Point 2: Choosing right friend is just as important as not choosing the wrong friend.
- Stretch You
Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another
Proverbs 17:17 – A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need
Proverbs 17:56 – An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
Point 3: How to choose friends wisely?
- Pray to God
- Jesus is the model
- Holy Spirit helps you discern
Proverbs 22:24-25 – Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
Wrong friends will lead you into trouble and in the end either can’t or won’t help you get out of it.
In the end – Keep your freedom from spiritual prison: CONFESS, ASK FORGIVENESS, and REPENT
Blog Reference: Friends Are a Pathway