Eric Speir

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The Most Subtle Way To Lose Your Vision

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It’s not the big things in life that cause us the most trouble. It’s the little things. King Solomon, the wisest man on the planet, once said, “the little foxes that spoil the vineyardsSong of Solomon 2:15

Most bad decisions are usually the result of small incremental decisions being overlooked. Most bank robbers start off as petty thieves. Drug addicts start off with one drug. Alcoholics always start with one drink. Again, the little stuff leads to big stuff.

There’s a story in the Old Testament of the people of Jabesh who were being attacked by their sworn enemy the Ammonites. The people of Jabesh offered to make a deal with them. The people of Jabesh were willing to compromise with the enemy, the Ammonites, on the condition that each person of Jabesh would have their right eye gouged out. You can read the whole story here. It’s really an interesting story.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines compromise this way:

a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute

The Ammonites were willing to make a treaty with the people of Jabesh because they understood that compromises leads to vision loss. (Let that thought sink in for a moment!)

Compromises in your life always leads to the loss of vision.

The more we compromise with the enemy the more we lose our vision. When we lose our vision we lose our way. When we lose our way we begin to stumble and wander aimlessly. When we do that we forget what we are called to do. The cycle is progressive in nature and it always gets worse.

The loss of vision leaves us ineffective. I’ve seen this in countless churches and in people’s lives as well. They’re functioning, but they’ve loss their vision and purpose for existing.

Compromises may not always be a sin issue in your life. It might be somewhere where you’ve settled or decided to stay put.

Have you settled somewhere where God has never intended for you to settle? Have you made compromises in your life? Have you given up on a dream?

If so, get up and get moving again! Don’t be afraid to take a small step toward your dream today.

Can I pray for you?

Lord, show us any place in our lives where we might have compromised. Search our hearts for any place where we might have given place to the enemy. Show us every place where we’ve missed the mark. We ask that you would strengthen us by your Holy Spirit to get moving again and to overcome the enemy. We thank you for your goodness and for second chances. Amen!

About Eric

I'm a pastor and writer. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for free as a download on this blog. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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  1. brother E, I can relate to this somewhat. I am settled in a fairly good stable job in an IT company in Mumbai India which i have called home for the last 23 yrs! I have been in the Co for over 16 years now. I did not ever think of moving out of the Company as it has provided stable employment over the years esp. important as I am single. I live in my family home, with my eldest sibling, Henry, who has also remained single. We are both now in our very early 50s. I did try, quite unsuccessfully, over the last 2 years to move to another Company for better career growth prospects but the doors never opened. Now, there is a position for an Applications Change Assistant in London UK. This position is at a Client’s Company based in London. The client is a small private Bank in the UK for which our Company Zensar Technologies is providing software solutions.The position is only for 6 months as of now.
    And maybe extended to a year if needed. The client has already arrived at our Pune (another city 3 hrs from Mumbai) Corporate office on Tuesday, and has started interviewing people. I am questioning the wisdom of leaving a good stable job here for something so temporary in the UK, a country I have never even travelled to before! My sister who has just returned to India after having lived in Australia for the last 5 years, sees things differently. She believes we should walk through doors God opens for us, trusting HIM to pave the way forward. By next week i have to decide if i need to travel to our Pune Corporate HQ at all, in order to have my first round of face to face interview with the client. I have prayed but i really don’t know for certain if this is a wise step at the age I am in right now. What do you think Brother
    Eric? Your Godly counsel would be much appreciated. in Christ always elizabeth jose

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