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The graduation ceremony is few days away, the adrenaline rush starts to kick in, family is coming, celebration time is almost here, and let’s not forget the parties planned by friends! I love graduation time! Especially when I’m the one graduating, there is no feeling like it!!! However, our enemy, the devil, loves this period just as much as we do. Not the fact that we’re graduating but the choices we’re prone to make in order to celebrate this beautiful moment when it comes to partying.
Hosting your own party is easier than attending someone else’s because you can control the environment of your celebration. You can decide the types of drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic) to serve, the people you want to invite, location, and etc. Nevertheless, going to a friend’s party is different because you lack control.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour—1 Peter 5:8
The plan of Satan is to steal, kill, and destroy, so it’s no surprise that he’ll use any opportunity to trap us. Parties are not bad at all because they are a way to observe a joyful occasion; but, when a party’s atmosphere is not soberly conducive, it raises cause for alarm. As children of God, we can’t attend all parties, we need to use discernment to make decisions: let’s not give the devil a foothold. The dangers of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, for us women, may involve sexual assault and/or character defamation. I’d like to share a few criteria that the Lord has taught me over the years to make judgments on which events to attend.
1-The host: Is the host a responsible person? Is he/she someone you can feel safe around? What are the host’s morals?
2-The host’s guests: What type of company is the host likely to invite?
3-Location: Where is it being held? A residence? Club? Hotel? Remote area? etc.
4-Time: What time does the party start? Early evening? Late night?
5-Atmosphere: What environment is likely to be dominant at the event? “Eat-Drink-And-Be-Merry”? Mingle time? etc.
The more your answers to the above questions become uncomfortable, the more you know the Lord is trying to tell you something. As much as it’s possible, always bring a (spiritually) mature and dependable person along with you. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 say “two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” This can definitely help from falling into the devil’s trap because you have someone to watch over you.
So, as your graduation ceremony nears, enjoy yourself SSU, have fun! Always remember to party soberly by honoring God in the places you’ll be celebrating. Stay blessed!