Are you Set Apart- In His Word 10-1-18

If we are set apart and separated from the life we used to live; we are saved from the sin we once lived in. We do not want to get back into the old us, and become the people we used to be. It can be hard to know what to do once we are washed from the world we lived in. Yet we are new people! It is exciting living the good life!

How do you keep yourself from falling into the life of the world around you? God’s Word tells us we are to be separate and not follow the ways of the people of this world in which we live. If you think about it you will realize that every day you are incredibly inundated with things and people around you from the world. There is an ear full of sex drugs and rock n roll in the first step you take into a store, or the first commercial on the television you watch. Commercials for living for yourself, being free to make bad choices like getting drunk with a case of beer or other alcohol because it fits in your cooler, or tastes better than the rest are all over the place. What used to be banned from television is now a commercial; this amazes me!
 We walk among the people and places in this world, so it is difficult not to be effected by it in one way or another.
But the Word of God tells us something that can help us not be so full of the world; in fact we should be full of the Word instead!
God said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things. And I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.   Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:9-19  

Jesus clearly is warning us here to be separate from the world, and the only way we are going to stay that way is in the way of our prayer and Bible Study life. If we surround ourselves with like-minded people, who are interested in following Jesus then we will not find ourselves straying into the world, but instead walking in the Word.

“I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching.  Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me. I have given these people the glory that you gave me so that they can be one, just as you and I are one. I will be in them and you will be in me so that they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them just as much as you loved me. “Father, I want these people that you gave me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the world was made. Father, you are the One who is good. The world does not know you, but I know you, and these people know you sent me.  I showed them what you are like, and I will show them again. Then they will have the same love that you have for me, and I will live in them.”
John 17:20-26

The only way I know of to stay clean from the effects of the world is to stay in the Word and Truth daily!  If I find myself forgetting to read the I am being influence by the world around me.
If I do not take the time to pray when I wake, or when I see or hear of a need, I am not following Jesus. Just think about it, He stopped when someone touched the hem of his garment and healed people constantly as they approached Him or even just as He passed them by! If we are truly walking in His Word the we are going to be full of the Spirit and able to do greater things as He said we would do! The thing is, we must be found about our Father’s Business! Just like Jesus!
Let’s make it our challenge this month to do that! Let’s focus our efforts to do what Jesus did! Love on others, share a meal, buy a coffee, pray for one another, listen, pray for one another. Most of all spend time talking to the Father, just like Jesus!

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to remain in You, just as Christ is in You. Help us to remain sanctified unto you in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-18, 2 Corinthians 7:1-16, John 17: 1-26 and John 15:1-27