Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 12:26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

How do you determine whether or not someone is a true friend? Consider the kind of advice they give you. A good friend will not encourage you to do or say anything that will lead you away from God. Period. A good friend will not encourage you to feast your mind on unholy things. A good friend will support and encourage you in your journey of faith to God. A good friend is a godly friend.

It is so important that you choose your friends wisely. Be sure that you connect deeply only with those who will help you to be and do good. The ungodly will lead you astray. It is okay to have friends who are not godly people, but don’t let them into your inner circle of friends, friends that you rely on for the maturing of your faith.

We must never forget, the wicked do what comes naturally for them to do. They gravitate to that which is unholy. They seek satisfaction and pleasure in the things of the world. Their perspective is grounded on earth. They cannot see in the light because they live in the dark. Be very careful when the wicked seek to advise you on what you need to do.

We must be careful of our own souls so that when others turn to us for advice that we are prepared to give them godly advice. If we are not grounded well in the Word and are not in close fellowship with the Lord, we can very easily lead others astray. Good advice comes from those who maintain a good relationship with God. The godly do not give good advice by accident. It takes consistently working hard on our salvation.

Don’t be a tool in Satan’s hand when advising others. Keep your soul in tip top shape so that what comes out of your mouth may be good and used of God to help lead others to Him.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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