Compromise: com·pro·mise [kom-pruh-mahyz]
“a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.”
This is one of the devil’s greatest trick against every believer. He always comes with the “Let’s reach a compromise” dialogue. Let’s look at some examples:
Abraham’s flesh[temptation]: So, God said He will make you a father of many nations right? Are you sure?
Abraham: Yes I am sure! I believe that God is able to fulfill all that He has promised. Now begone devil!
Abraham’s flesh[temptation]: Relax. Okay, so let’s agree that God said so. But maybe He didn’t mean with Sarah. Look, I’m tired of waiting and being patient. So let’s reach a compromise: You can believe that God will do what He has promised, but maybe you can help God and settle it with Haggai.
Let’s bring it closer to home. You decide you want to fast, till say 6pm.
Body [flesh]: Err, I’m hungry.
Spirit: C’mon. It’s just 12 noon. I put you under!
Body [flesh]: Okay, I’m sorry about before. I was weak. But see, we can reach a compromise now: You have satisfied your fast till 3 pm which is acceptable. You’ve had yours, now let me have mine.
As you would have noticed in your own life, these compromises are mostly always logical but the end of it is guilt (and maybe more). We can’t reason God’s Word out logically because it is spiritually discerned (1Corinthians 2:14). Don’t give in to compromise.
Food for thought:
The enemy wants us to doubt what God has said because doubt is contrary to faith and without faith, it is impossible to please (and receive from) God.
Hebrew 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”