Non-Negotiable

Charlie Chim
Proverbs 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.


In this morning’s devotion, I would like to focus on a common enemy or opposition that we all face, and that is Satan! Often times, when we hear sermons about Satan, there is a natural tendency to downplay his traits and abilities. This is largely in part because we understand that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Unfortunately, many Christians do not properly position themselves to fully access God’s power when facing Satan and as a result, they face defeat time and time again.


Satan is mentioned in the Bible as:
      o “A roaring lion that walketh about seeking whom he may devour” in I Peter 5:8
      o “An angel of light” in II Corinthians 11:14
      o “A murderer with no truth in him” John 8:44
      o “A thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy” John 10:10
      o “The devil that deceived them” Revelation 20:10

Even with Satan’s chilling attributes mentioned in Scripture, far too many Christians live life as if they minimize or even dismiss his very existence. Whether we realize it or not, Satan wants to accomplish one specific goal, and that is to rip us off by convincing us that he has a better life to offer than God can.

Let’s look again at Proverbs 20:14: It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. In this passage, the buyer can be referred to as the Devil, and the seller can be referred to any one of us.

Perhaps we had the experience of selling an item on a site like Craigslist or Offer Up. Undoubtedly, we would have experienced what many would consider as “low-ball offers.” Basically, these “low-ball offers” generally come from buyers that are constantly looking to get a steal of a deal.

What makes something a true “steal of a deal”? It is when a buyer ends up getting a product for far less than its value. To accomplish this, the buyer would need to be a master in the art of negotiation.

The Bible actually records some high profile negotiations. Perhaps you recall the story of Jacob and Esau in which Jacob negotiated with his brother and ended up getting the birthright for a bowl of soup. Or maybe we recall when Satan negotiated with God to allow him to cause Job harm in hopes of destroying Job’s testimony. Then there’s the “Temptation of Christ,” when Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would just bow down.

Satan has been negotiating for thousands of years and he’s gotten this art down pat! Keep in mind that Satan is not interested in the products we may have for sale, but he actually desires the very thing that should not be for sale – our life! Unfortunately, this does not keep him from making his “low-ball offers.”

Just like the verse we read in Proverbs, he knows exactly how to talk to us, to convince and persuade us to undervalue our lives so that he can get a steal of a deal!

The misconception many Christians have is that we think Satan comes to us in his true form and tells us exactly what his plans are in full transparency. Unfortunately, this is not the case. He will usually come in the form of something harmless, something that appeals to our flesh.

With the ongoing negotiations that Satan has for us, there are three areas I want to challenge us to make NON-NEGOTIABLE!

1. MY PURITY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.

We must not allow the Devil to pollute or taint the purity that we must possess in order to reach this world for Christ. Those worldly entertainments, though they may give us momentary satisfaction, are capable of stealing our purity.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

The goal is to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, which means to “walk in the spirit,” but far too often we yield to the flesh, not understanding that we risk our purity being tainted. When we think of tainting our purity, we often think of sinful acts such as adultery or fornication. While it is true that Satan does lure us toward those egregious sins, he is also very content with just planting some smaller seeds of impurity in our hearts – understanding that they will eventually manifest into something bigger.

2. MY FUTURE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.

If we could only realize that God has a bright future for us, we would never settle for second best! Unfortunately, many Christians doubt God’s will is much better than “the options” that are currently available to them.

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

God’s will should be the most important pursuit we make! Unfortunately, Satan has many of us tangled up in the affairs of this life and we often settle for far less than God’s Will.

3. MY FAITH IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.

One specific area that we should grow in is our faith. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot please God without faith, yet far too many Christians try to live life with as little faith as possible. This is shown by never allowing themselves to be put in positions where faith can be applied.

We do this with our tithes and offerings. We do this with our children by not even making it an option for them to be in ministry. Based on the amount of faith we are exercising right now, across all areas of our life, how much are we pleasing God?

1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

II Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.

How about it this morning. What has the Devil been trying to negotiate with us about? What has he been causing us to undervalue in our lives? There are not many feelings that can compare to the feeling we get when we are ripped off.

Let’s make the decision that our purity, our future, and our faith is NON-NEGOTIABLE!

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

Charlie Chim

Bro Chim and his wife joyfully serve the Lord together as he teaches the Foundations Adult Bible Class. They have five amazing children. Bro Chim serves the Lord full-time as the principal of Pacific Baptist School.

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