Imagine with me for a moment that you’re on the side of a mountain climbing to reach the top. Your foothold gives way showering rubble under you. You look around trying to find a new hold so you can get a strong grip. You see an unsteady hold and you break it to see if there is another sturdy hold past it. Surprise! There is! You reposition so you are clamped onto the side of the mountain. A little more climbing and you’re at the top.

God wants you to challenge yourself and get to Him. God is the top of the mountain that you are trying to reach. It is hard to reach Him if you don’t have steady holds. Some holds might be family or friends. If you don’t have good friends then they might rub off on you like an unsteady hold and it will make it hard for you to reach the top. If you have good friends then they might rub off on you like a strong hold strengthening you as you aim for the top.

Every hold can help you or make it hard for you. For you to get to the top it takes strong holds or friends who know God and challenge you to know Him better too. You need to break off the rubble and find those good holds. In other words, you need to cut off the bad influences in your life and find the good influences such as a group of friends who know God and want other people to know Him as well.

A good hold pushes us to do well and not to get discouraged. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Sometimes you don’t see a good hold instantly but God will give you one sooner or later even if it means climbing back down a little and readjusting your course. He will give you the right hold. Jesus knew what holds are good and bad. We don’t know that but He tells us that if we seek wisdom, He will give it abundantly.

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

“Bad company ruins good morals.” – this means that if you hang around bad people or friends who aren’t challenging you and encouraging you to grow in your faith, then you will be negatively influenced by their morals and it will be hard to keep your morals and good character.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” = this means that if you choose friends with good morals and strong faith, it will strengthen your faith in God.

Who will you climb the mountain with?

 

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