Shops are filled with designs to view and select to transfer on shirts and other items. The person picks out his or her favorite design and has it transferred to the selected item. Transfer by association is referred to in God’s Holy Written Word. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20
Who determines the wise and the foolish person? The Word of God is the final authority. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Psalm 111:10 If and when we associate with those having bad habits it’s possible we may be influenced to do wrong. We are all aware of the fact that a little leaven leaveth the whole lump. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Corinthians 5:6
A small amount of sin can have giant size effect on a person. Let’s take different animals listed in the Bible and learn how God’s Word portrays them to people who are sinning. Sin has a corruption influence on a life.
1-SNAKE a person sinning is compared to a snake. He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him. Job 20:16
2-The DONKEY is known for its stubbornness. For the vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt. Job 11:12
3-The BEAR is known for cruelty. The bear mentioned in Daniel 7:5 is a reference to the country of Medo-Persia
4-The DOG is known for uncleanness. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. Proverbs 26:11
5-The LEOPARD is known for its fierceness. In Daniel 7:6 the leopard represents a country that gained dominion.
6-The FOX for its cunning ways. (Jesus Speaking) And he said unto them, God ye and tell that fox, behold I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Luke 13:32
7-MOTH has an appetite Job 27:18
8-Sheep for stupidity All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
9-A SPIDER’S WEB for flimsiness They hatch cockatrice eggs (vipers) and weave the spiders web: he that eateth their eggs dieth and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Isaiah 59:5
10-PIG is filthy - But it is happened according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2nd Peter 2:22
11-The WOLF is ferocious. (Jesus Speaking) But he that is a hireling the shepherd whose the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth the sheep. John 10:12
One of my favorite scriptures concerning our transfer by association of another person is found in Proverbs. Iron sharpeneth iron: so a man of understanding sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17.
We all know the proper tool will sharpen and shape iron for its special use. A person who believes in God and his Holy Word can sharpen his or her friend morally and intellectually by this personal friendship. We must remember the Fool has said in his heart there is NO GOD!
This article is titled Transfer By Association. “We’re known by the company we keep,” has been echoed over and over through the years. I’m sure you have heard it. Everything we will ever need to know about building ourselves spiritually and morally is written on the pages of God’s Holy Word. Let’s pick associates who love the Lord. Let’s one and all transfer the Word of God into our hearts and keep it as our daily lifetime guide. A born again believer in Jesus Christ should transfer fruits of the Holy Spirit of God each day of their life. Galatians 5:22, 23