Biblical Separation by Wade Thompson

Today’s Passage – Leviticus 22 – 23 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – John 15 – 16Proverbs 11Psalms 56 – 60

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Matthew 6:33

Read the “0211 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading – “Take Time to Remember.

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 22:1-2)

We live in a society where sin is glorified and godliness is looked down on. Sin is everywhere; it’s on our phones, it’s on the billboard on our way to work, it’s in the music we listen to, and it’s on our TV’s that we watch with our family. In such a sin-filled atmosphere we see Christians all around us falling to the Devil, and it’s just so discouraging. As Christians we are a called out assembly and we are supposed to be transformed reflection of the image of God:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The Lord is very strong on this principle of separation, and we see that in Rev 3:16:

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

God wants us either all in or all out, no in between. We are fighting the Devil (Ephesians 6:11) and we need to be ready to withstand his attacks. This is important to remember if we are to live a holy, godly life. We should want to be as close to God as we can get, and sin separates us from Him:

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

We need to draw nigh to God, and he will get closer to us (James 4:8).

1. If you are in sin, remember God is faithful and just to forgive you (1 John 1:9).

2. There is no temptation that we cannot bear when we have God’s help (1 Corinthians 10:13).

3. We are commanded in the Bible to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 12:2).

4. We are a chosen people, called OUT of darkness (1 Peter 2:9).

Let us go against the flow and resist the trend of the world and how it influences the church and let us live separated lives that please God. Let us not profane God’s holy name. He is the Lord.

Wade Z. Thompson is assistant to the pastor at Jersey Shore Baptist Church

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