Do You Boldly Stand Separate?

We who are holy unto the Lord are to be separate –totally separate– from falsehoods and from anyone that does not benefit our holiness unto our God. Ps. 1:1,2 says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law / instruction of the LORD, and on His law / instruction he meditates day and night.” “So I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.” (Job 21:16) And only “he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.” (Ps. 101:6)

Ps. 119:104 says, “…I hate every wrong path.” All of chapter 119 is wonderful and one to be meditated on frequently. As verse 11 says, “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” And v. 3&4 say, “They do NOTHING wrong; they walk in His ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be FULLY obeyed.” Or v. 53: “Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken Your law.” (And that includes disgust toward any sin we may also find in our own lives –to the point that we do something about it immediately– before it grows.)

Many do not love the Truth, or are afraid of it, and “will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” (John 3:20) I am reminded of Acts 24:25 –“As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave…'” (Yea, who wants to hear that if they like to sin daily?)

But those of us who hate sin want to come into the light, for we know that our Shepherd is good, and that to the humble and contrite child, He is a gentle teacher.

Why is it that many still prefer to hang on to their idols, their false gods, their piles of lies, and their own life? It is not worth it. These things can hold only fleeting pleasures, soon enough stabbing the indulger in the back. As Jesus says in Mark 8:35-38, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? …If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Think about your attitude, words, and actions. How have they lined up? Will Jesus have to be ashamed of you? If you are not proclaiming the Good News found in the Word of God wherever you can and with every chance you have, what does that say? I say, you are ashamed to speak up. Why? I say, because you are ashamed of Jesus and His hard “intolerant” narrow words. But don’t take my judgment on it. You decide. And hopefully, you make a careful and correct judgment. Because your eternity rests on it.

with love,


~ by smilesback on November 14, 2009.

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