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It’s never a good idea to live with your boyfriend before marriage - 2 Peter 3:17 (GW)

July 8, 2011
2 Peter 3:17 (GW)  Dear friends, you already know these things. So be on your guard not to be carried away by the deception of people who have no principles. Then you won't fall from your firm position.

I rarely watch television anymore, but I stumbled on a show that I watched two nights in a row, and I realized that I can’t go along with popular culture anymore. I recall never batting an eye at the sex, drugs, alcohol and unhealthy behaviors that Hollywood and the media bring into our homes through the television, radio, movies, videos and other emerging technologies.
But last night, I was jolted when a grandmotherly woman told a younger woman that she should live with her boyfriend, so they can decide if they are compatible marriage partners. This woman (who was the young man’s mother) went on to say that it’s the twenty-first century and that the young woman should not be old-fashioned!  
Before God took the veil off my eyes, I would never have blinked at this suggestion – but I have to say that I was shocked. The sad thing is that until our minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit, we go along with popular culture and allow ourselves and generations of young people to make mistakes because we don’t know any better or don’t say anything if we do. 
I hope you take a stand against popular culture and stand up to and for your children, their friends – your family and those around you.  I say it often but there is no grey area in God’s world – things are either right or wrong and you get to make the choice.  Stand firm on the principles that God puts in your heart even if you have to stand alone.
God will stand with you.

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Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
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Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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