Exodus 33:16 Standing Out As Different

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“How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:16

Standing out as different is something that the majority of people do not like to do. They want to blend in with everyone. Standing out causes one to be seen by everyone, they are on center stage in the spotlight.

Often standing out means that a person is going against the flow. They are being different and rebellious. There is a small group of this world that thrives on being different. Currently the world tells people to be themselves, regardless of what that looks like to the rest of the world.

Yet, when some people stand out as different, they are treated differently. They are not always accepted.

As Moses was leading the people in the desert, he knew that they had to be different from the world. In order to be seen as different, they needed God’s presence to be with them. God’s presence would set them apart from the rest of the world following idols, dead gods. Moses pleaded with God for His presence to be with them.

Having God’s presence in one’s life has not changed how it looks since Moses. It sets the person apart from the rest of the world. The believer is different from the world.

People will see that a believer, who is walking in God’s presence, is different from them. The believer will walk, talk, and act differently than the rest of the world. He will walk in love, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and holiness, because God’s presence is in him, guiding him and leading him.

Too often believers look like the world. They act like the world and God’s presence is not with them. They are doing their own thing, not God’s. They are no longer distinguished from the world.

As a believer, your life should be different than that of the world. You should be distinguished with God’s  presence. You should be standing out as a shining light for the world to see.

When people look at your life, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone just like them, like the world, not different or set apart?

Or are they seeing someone who has God’s presence in his life?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not move without God’s presence and guidance; that you will be separated from the world unto God; that you will stand out for all the world to see Jesus in your life; and that the world will know God is with you.

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Revelation 18:4 Get Out

 

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Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; Revelation 18:4

God was getting ready to destroy Babylon for the sins that the city had done. Babylon is a representation of the evil in this world and that God would destroy in the end. As He is getting ready to destroy the city, there is a voice that calls for the people to leave. The purpose of leaving was to keep from sharing in their sins or the destruction that was coming.

The world is full of places that are like Babylon. There is sin found every where a person goes. There is not a place a person can go that does not have some sin. And in many of these places sin is not only done, but is also promoted and honored.

When a person is among all of the sin of this world, it is easy to get caught up in it and begin to practice the sin. It can be seen among many ‘believers’ and churches, the mindset of the sinful world in them. Acceptance of sin is becoming more common.

Believers are to get out of those places to keep from sharing in their sin. They must separate themselves from the sin of this world.

Jesus has removed the sin in the life of one who has begun to follow Him. Since this is done, one must not go back to those sins. Living in this world will cause a person to be around sin, but they must keep from taking up those sins. They are to live a holy life, separate from all sin. They are to be a shining light of Jesus to this dark and sinful world.

As a believer you must get out of the  sinful ways of this world. Come out of the old ways of living and step into the new life Christ has given you. In doing this, you will not share in their sins or the punishment that will come upon them. You will also be a witness to them of who Jesus is and what He is like.

Do not allow the sins of this world to overcome you. Be a part of God’s family, holy and separate as you wait for the return of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will step out of sin to follow God; that you will not get caught up in the ways of this world; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world. 

1 Peter 4:4 Are You Surprising The World?

 

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They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 1 Peter 4:4

The majority of the people in this world like to live having a good time. They want to do what they want, when they want and how they want.

Teenagers and college students are commonly looked as the ones who live wild and reckless lives. They are often portrayed as party animals, that do nothing but party and be reckless. While it is true that a vast majority do party and have a reckless time in that part of their life, they are not the only ones who live wild and reckless lives.

Millions of men and women get drunk or do drugs everyday. Millions daily sleep around outside of marriage each day. Millions engage in activities that are dangerous and sinful, that will cause problems down the road. This can be seen with people from teen-age level all the way to senior citizens.

Peer pressure is applied to anyone who does not agree with them and join in the wild living. Because of that peer pressure, many more cave in and join them.

True believers in God will stand out as different. Their lives are not guided by having fun in the moment. They are guided by God’s Holy Spirit to live a holy life, that is pure before God with everlasting benefits.

As a believer refuses to be a part of the wild life of this world, people see them as strange. They are surprised that anyone would not want to be a part of that lifestyle. It is often seen as hate and rejection of the person. It is common for believers to be called haters, because they will not accept or partake in the sinful, wild activities of this world. Yet, God has called the believer to be separate from this world.

The world is watching what you say and do. They want you to be like them in every way, so that they do not feel the conviction of being wrong. The life the world is living will only end in death. Do not be a part of that death. Jesus pulled you out of it, stay out of it.

Allow the world to be surprised at how you live.

Is the world surprised at why you will not act and live the way they do?

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus has given you; that you will live your life for God and not this world; that God will give you strength to turn from the wild living of this world; and that the world will be surprised at how you live for God.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Be Separate

“Therefore, Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17

Paul quotes from the Old Testament about how God wants to be the God of the Israelites and wants them to be His people. At that time God wanted the people to get out from the other nations and be separate. A few thousand years later, Paul is using those same quotes to the believers to still come out from the other people and be separate.

People will often question what it means to be separate from those in the world. They look at the Gospels and see Jesus eating with the sinners. When you look at Jesus you should notice that He was among the sinners, but did not act like them. He was separate, even while among them.

The world wants every believer to look and act just like them. People do not like change or someone different. Often if someone is different, one person feels that there must be something wrong with themselves, and that is usually the person who is not different.

There are some in the church who blend into the world. When they are seen in a public place, there are no signs that they are a believer. They will do the same things the world does and never state that doing or saying something is wrong. This is not being separate.

As a believer you must not touch unclean things. The touching here is physical touch, watching, doing, participating in, using, or saying something in any way that is sinful.

You are to be separate. You are to be different. Just as foreigners in a land is different from the natives of the land, so you are to be different in this world. You have a different culture to live by. Your culture is from heaven, and not of this earth.

God wants to be your God. God wants you to be His child. This cannot happen if you stay a part of the world and live like the world does. Turn from sin today and follow God. Be separate. Be different.

I pray today that God will give you the power to turn from worldly ways; that God will guide you in not touching anything sinful; that you will be separate from the world; that you will stand out for Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 10:21 Separate Tables

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21

Paul had just finished saying that meat offered to idols as a sacrifice is nothing. The problem is not in the meat, but in what the meat is being offered to. It is the purpose of the meat that is wrong. Now he is saying that one should not eat the meat, not because the meat is bad, but because the reason the meat was used was for a sacrifice to a demon.

As has been stated many times, sacrifices of meat to idols is not a common practice in the USA, though it still is in some parts of the world. Although meat is not sacrificed, there are many other things being sacrificed to the gods of this world. It is very seldom that someone would call the god a “demon”, but that is what the things of this world are. The demons are behind them.

The demons of today are the greed behind fame, fortune, and status that people are seeking favor of. Many just cannot live without the newest item, or with the right status in society, or more money in the bank. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level. They will sacrifice family, friends, time, energy, and God to get what they want.

Often this happens with people in the church. They seek God on Sunday, then they go out and do the same things the people of the world are doing. They tend to seek the same things.

There is nothing wrong with having fame, fortune and a good status. What can be wrong is how you get these. Who are you seeking to give or get you these things? Are you sitting with the sinners to gain your fortune or are you sitting at God’s table?

Do not go back and forth from God’s table to the devil’s table. They are separate tables. Do not try to have the best of both worlds. Be in this world, but not a part of this world.

I pray today that you will sit at God’s table each day; that you will not participate in this world’s ways; that God will show you what He wants you to have and eat; and that God will help you be His witness in the world.

Hebrews 12:14 Live In Peace

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

All around our country and the world you will hear people talking about wanting everyone to live in peace. Very few people really want war and fighting. In our country everyone talks about everyone having to live in peace and harmony with each other. It is pushed so much that a person cannot disagree with anyone or else you are not at peace and in harmony.

In this verse, however, it is seen that not only to live in peace but also to be holy. For one to be holy means one is separate or set apart. Being set apart means there are differences. Jesus was the most holy person that ever lived, yet there was not peace between Him and the leaders of the temples. His holiness separated Him from them. Often it is seen in many churches the desire to be at peace with everyone so much that everything is permissible. Sinful lifestyles are accepted in the church just to be at peace with everyone. This is not shown in this verse.

You are to strive to be at peace with everyone, but not at the price of forsaking holiness. If your holiness is compromised to gain peace, you may have gained peace with the world, but have lost peace with God. If you do not live a life of holiness, you will not see God. Who is more important to be at peace with: God or the world? The world’s peace is temporary and conditional. God’s peace is permanent and only on one condition–belief in Jesus.

Today strive to be at peace with all people, but not at the price of your holiness and relation with God. Be holy in everything you do and flee all sin. Sometimes the world will be at peace with you, other times they will fight you because of your holiness and walk with God. Following Jesus will bring about division, because He demands full allegiance to Him and Him alone. God does not share His throne nor His honor. The world wants to be loyal to everyone as needed. If it is in your means to be at peace with someone, then make that peace. Do not give the world a bad reason to be at war with you.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to be holy as He is holy; that God will reveal ways to bring about peace with other people; that God will strengthen you to not compromise your walk with Him; that God will give you the words and actions to say and do that will only bring Him honor and glory; and that God will help you see Him as He is.