Do Not Yoke Yourself With Anyone Who Does Not Have Jesus

1 Now the angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bochim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I had promised to your fathers, and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you, 2 and you are not to make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall tear down their altars.’ Yet you have not obeyed My voice. What is this you have done? -Judges 2:1-2 BSB

Why didn’t the LORD want His people to mix with the surrounding nations? Because they worshiped false gods and they will serve as a bad influence on them, which would make them fall into their trap and end up worshiping their gods, abandoning the LORD.

When you bind yourself with someone who does not have the Lord like in marriage, business, or friendship, you have put yourself in a dangerous situation. If you cannot influence them and bring them to Christ, the opposite will occur.

There are four types of landmines that the wrong person can introduce in the friendship and have the potential of causing your faith to get destroyed if you are not careful. See below.

  • You can step on a landmine of misery (Numbers 33:55 “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides; they will harass you in the land where you settle.”)
  • You can step on a landmine of apostasy (1 Kings 11:2 “These women were from the nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, for surely they will turn your hearts after their gods.” Yet Solomon clung to these women in love.”)
  • You can step on a landmine that will cause God’s wrath to fall upon you (2 Chronicles 19:2 “Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to confront him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.”)
  • You can step on a landmine that will cause you to compromise your moral excellence (1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good character.”)

Make sure that those you choose to connect emotionally on a deeper level belong to the Lord. And not that they only confess Jesus as Lord, but that they believe in sound doctrine and walk according to the truth of God’s Word.

Haman & Mordecai: When God Turns Evil For Good

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28 BSB

9 That day Haman went out full of joy and glad of heart. At the king’s gate, however, he saw Mordecai, who did not rise or tremble in fear at his presence. And Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai. -Esther 5:9 BSB

Haman’s ancestry was from the Amalekites see 1 Samuel 15:32. The reason Haman had a deep-rooted hatred for the Jews was that God commanded King Saul to wipe them out from the face of the earth. God gave Saul that command because they first tried to kill the Jews when they came out of the land of Egypt.

1 Then Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel. Now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. 2 This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they ambushed them on their way up from Egypt. 3 Now go and attack the Amalekites and devote to destruction all that belongs to them. Do not spare them, but put to death men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” -1 Samuel 15:1-3 BSB


Side note: “put to death men and women, children and infants” Even though children and infants are innocent, we have to recognize that wicked and evil people were once children and infants and they grow up to do horrific things. God knows a person’s future and He gives every human being an expiration date when they are going to die. Some have it a few months after birth, others a few decades, and yet others several decades. Everyone’s life is in God’s hands.


Haman hated that Mordecai wouldn’t show him respect by bowing down in his presence (Esther 3:5). The hatred for the Jews coupled with the disrespect He felt from Mordecai opened up the door to the devil. Haman’s wife was used by Satan to put it into his mind to kill all the Jews (genocide).

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows fifty cubits high, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, and he had the gallows constructed. -Esther 5:14 BSB

While all this was happening, God, who knows all things was on His Throne, not breaking a sweat because He already had a plan. In other words, everything was falling into His plan.

Before all this occurred with Haman, Mordecai saved the king’s life. Yet, Mordecai didn’t receive a reward for his good deed. God was keeping the king from rewarding him until the proper time.

21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who guarded the entrance, grew angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 22 When Mordecai learned of the plot, he reported it to Queen Esther, and she informed the king on Mordecai’s behalf. -Esther 2:21-22 BSB

So Haman goes early in the morning to the king’s court to ask the king to kill Mordecai, while at the same time, the king had in his mind how he was going to bless Mordecai for saving his life. God held Mordecai’s reward to give it to him at the perfect time. God kept King Xerxes from sleeping and put it in his mind to read the book of records so that he would read the section of what Mordecai did for him (Esther 6:1-3).

You have two men meeting face to face, having the same man in their minds with two different outcomes for him. God didn’t allow King Xerxes to tell Haman what he wanted to do for Mordecai. The king asked Haman the best way to bless the man he wanted to honor. God made it that Haman would think it was him, so he would give the king the best advice on how to bless Mordecai without knowing it was for him (Esther 6:6-9).

Mind you, the wicked man, Haman, built a 75 feet gallows to hang Mordecai on it. But God turned it around. What Haman wanted to do to Mordecai happened to him, and the blessing that Haman wanted for himself went to Mordecai. You can read this in Esther Chapter 6 & 7. Not only did Haman die, but all of his kids died as well.

If you feel that God is not paying any attention to all that you have done for Him and are still struggling financially, emotionally, or in any other way, don’t worry, God hasn’t forgotten you. God will bless you at the proper time. He will give it to you when you need it the most and when its most impact of blessing will occur. He does this so that you will recognize that our blessings come from the Lord, and without Him, you can do nothing.

The only way to receive God’s blessing is by obeying the Word of God. Reading God’s Word is not just to fill our minds with knowledge but to put what we learn into practice.