Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Here is the story of Peter. The preacher, the leader, the inner circle, the spokesman for the disciples. He stands around with the wrong crowd. (These were the people who wanted to kill Jesus.) And now he denies knowing Jesus and cusses to prove it. WOW! The reason the Bible tells us to keep a close eye upon those we walk with, counsel with, stand with, and sit with is because those who are around us, eventually make up what is in us. There is an influence from every environment. Our environment affects our lives. Whether we realize it or not, what surrounds us affects us. Don’t tell me that what we are in and around doesn’t affect us. It does.
Lot and Sodom. Ruins his godly testimony, probably involved in homosexuality, sin. Abraham and Egypt. Lies because of who he was around.
Aaron and Israel. Changes his stand because of the cow-worshipping people. Samson and Delilah. Falls into sin, tells all, serves the enemy, loses eyes, dies.
Naomi and Moab. Follows crowd to Moab, leaves full and comes back empty. Saul and Amalekites. He and people spare Agag and spoil. Costs him the kingdom.
David and Bathsheba. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong person, and God judges. Solomon and Wives. They turned his heart away from his God.
Many of the Kings. Did wrong in the sight of the Lord. Most were wicked. Esther and The King. She disagreed with Mordecai standing for right.
Job and his friends. At first, he was fine. Then they came and he lost it.
Your environment will influence you.
1. Be watchful of what you do. Prov 1:10.
2. Be watchful of who you know. Prov 1:15.
3. Be watchful of where you go. Prov 4:14.
4. Be willing to walk away. Prov 4:15.
Peter warmed his hands by the fire but later preaches at Pentecost and thousands are saved. What was the difference? His environment!
Youth | Assistant Pastor
Clays Mill Baptist Church