Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
If you are a Christian, God has an assignment for your life (Ephesians 2:10). Pressing into it or pursuing it will put you in the right place at the right time with the right group of people to fulfill His purpose in your life. Many Christians find that fulfilling their God ordained purpose in life is somewhat elusive. Very often it is because they do not monitor their relationships to see how the enemy uses them to constantly break their concentration on their assignment. Their friends become more important to maintain than fulfilling their purpose. Remember it was a wrong relationship that stopped Samson’s destiny. My experience and observation from pastoring over 30 years is in seeing more people leaving a Church because of the influence of their friends than the influence of God’s purpose.
Many children of God live in a lifestyle of constant failure and futility because their lives are out of focus to the purpose of God. Our future can be what our enemy fears and is what will draw his attack (Luke 4:1-13). If satan can keep Christians blinded from concentrating on their life’s purpose and assignment, he can keep them in a lifestyle of failure, strife, and pain.
At times we have to re-prioritize and sometimes even sever wrong relationships that keep us from concentrating on our assignment. When we insist on building our life around our assignment, wrong relationships will die and the right relationships will begin to develop. This movement toward our purpose can destroy hundreds of satanic devices, plans, and weapons formed against us designed to stop our purpose. The opposite is equally true. If we insist on building our life around wrong relationships and wrong things, right relationships will die, and fulfilling our purpose can be hindered.
The best way to disconnect from wrong relationships is to totally concentrate on doing the right things and staying totally focused on fulfilling our assignment. At one point in Jesus’ life He set His face to go toward His assignment in Jerusalem and as a result the Samaritans wouldn’t receive Him. There comes a time when, like Jesus, we must steadfastly set our face toward fulfilling our purpose Luke 9:51-53. When we do this wrong people may tend to find us almost unbearable to be with. Why not evaluate relationships (outside of one’s family) on the basis of how they advance God’s purpose in our life. Good friends feed our focus on our assignment.