Leviticus 15:31 Stay Away From Filth

You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them. Leviticus 15:31

Keeping physically clean is the desire of most people. Many will avoid getting dirty, if at all possible, but when they do get dirty, they will quickly clean up afterwards.

While remaining physically clean on the outside, many will get themselves filthy dirty on the inside. This can happen with eating junk food that harms their body or with playing with sin or sinful things.

God told Moses that he was to keep the Israelites separate from anything that would make them unclean. This was to keep them from defiling the tabernacle and being killed.

Keeping clean on the outside is common among most people, both believers and non-believers. Everyone understands the need to be clean.

The majority of the world does not look at being clean on the inside as a priority. Taking care of the inside, to the world, is to please one’s self and be happy in the moment. The world does not realize that living in sin may bring a temporary pleasure, but is also bringing about an eternal death.

Along with the world, there are some in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but defile themselves with the filth of sin of the world. Lies and gossip is spoken, porn and immoral sex are used, sinful filth is watched and listened to, drunkenness occurs regularly, and anything else the world does that is sinful.

The true believer will flee all sin and appearances of sin to remain true and holy unto God. Because of what Jesus had done for him, the believer will not want to get himself defiled with sin, but remain pure and holy, keeping himself separate from the sin of the world.

Every day you probably strive to avoid getting filthy dirty on the outside. You strive to keep yourself clean and presentable to people.

Just as you are keeping yourself physically clean, you must also keep spiritually clean on the inside. Repent of all sin and God will forgive you and make you clean. Then avoid being around sin and partaking in it.

Mistakes will occur and you will sin, but do not make it a part of your lifestyle. Be separate from the world and be holy as God is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins to be forgiven by God; that you will be separate from the sin of the world; and that God will guide you in being holy as he is holy.

Exodus 34:12 Make No Treaty With Them

Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Exodus 34:12

Treaties are something that are often thought of as being done only by two or more nations together. They are agreements to some set of rules between different nations on how things will work between them.

Although not called treaties, people will often make agreements with each other in life. These are done for the mutual benefit of both parties. Some treaties can be good and helpful, while other ones will bring a party down.

God told the Israelites not to make any treaties with the people in the land where He was bringing them. Doing so would cause them to be caught in a trap.

Believers are not traveling to a new land where there are enemies as the Israelites had done, but they are traveling through this fallen world. Travelers are often expected to abide by the rules and participate in the activities of the place they are in.

The world does this to believers and wants to make a treaty with them. The world will do what it can to get believers to agree to participate with them in sin and walk away from God. And all of this is done in the idea of enjoying life to the fullest, though all it does is bring about death and destruction.

Many believers have fallen for the lies of the world and made a treaty with it, choosing to live in or play with sin, while believing in Christ.

True believers will flee all sin and the enemy. They will not see how close they can get to sin, but how far they can stay away from it. No treaty will be made with the world of sin and death.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are in this world, but not of it.

People of this world will do what they can to make a treaty with you in order to get you to sin against God, though it will not be worded that way. Sin will be made to look as good and fun and the right thing to do, however all it will do is bring about death and separation from God.

Do not allow yourself to be brought into a treaty with death but live separate and holy unto God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that you will not make a treaty with the world and sin; that you will repent of all sin and strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will be a light for Jesus in this dark world.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 How To Really Live Life

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

All around the world there are many different views on how one should live his life. Each culture has a slightly different norm as to what is expected of a person in living life. Some are extremely focused on education, while others are on careers, and yet others are on family.

The one common theme throughout the world is that one lives to please self without being too separated from everyone else. If it pleases self, then it must be acceptable.

After talking about living like Jesus, Paul tells the people that God did not call them to live an impure, but a holy life.

Living a holy life is something that is different, it is being separated from the world unto God. Very few people like to be separated or different from others. Everyone wants to fit in with those around them.

In reality, the world does not have any set standards of how to live life other than to please one’s own self in whatever way that means or is needed. With that type of mindset, there is no true moral standard.

Sin does not exist according to the world, thus any action is acceptable, causing the world to live an impure, sinful lifestyle in anyway possible. Nothing is off limits.

The believer is to live to a different standard, by God’s holy standard, a pure and sinless life that pleases God. Living in this way is living on a different path than the world. It is choosing to not sin or follow the ways of this world. It is going against the flow of the world around him.

Jesus lived the expected standard, setting the example of how to live life and He gave the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide a believer to live that same way of holy living.

As a believer, you are called to be separate from the world and its ways of living. Jesus has forgiven you of past sins, so do not go back to those sins or ways of living.

Come out from among the world and live a life that is separate and holy unto God. Choose daily, even moment by moment, to reject a sinful lifestyle and be holy as God is holy.

He has given you everything you need to live the holy life, now live it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the standard God has called you to live; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in living a holy life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sinful ways of living.

2 Corinthians 6:15 Really Nothing In Common

What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:15

Unity is something that most people like to have with those they are around. Usually people flock towards those that are like them, so that there will be little to no conflict or disagreements.

Currently in the world, many are striving to make everyone the same. They want everyone to have equal share of physical, mental, and emotional things. Some will try to say that every person is the same, regardless of belief or actions.

Paul brings up the question of what do believers have to do with any idol or unbeliever.

Idols have absolutely no place in the life of any believer, in any way, shape or position. Along with idols not having a place, unbelievers do not really have a place either. The only place an unbeliever has is for the believer to be a witness to him.

Instead of making a difference in the lives of unbelievers, many believers have embraced the unbeliever without calling for a change or commitment to Christ. Many in the church have embraced the thoughts and attitudes of the world allowing sin to enter in.

Believers are to love all people, but are to hate the sin and point people to Jesus. As Jesus walked on the earth among the sinners, He called people out of sin and told them to leave their life of sin. He did not engage in sin with them.

There is no unity between a believer and sin, between God and a sinful lifestyle. There needs to be a marked difference between those in the church–believers, and those outside the church–unbelievers. If there is no difference, then the believer is not really a believer, but a counterfeit.

Take a moment and examine your life and see what is most important to you. Ask yourself who your friends are and who or what do those friends point you to.

If those you are around the most are not pointing you towards God, are you pointing them towards God? Do not be the one who is influenced by the world to live as the world does in sin and rebellion, but be the one who influences the world for God to live as Jesus did in holiness and righteousness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your life will be one of service towards God; that you will live separated unto God; that God will give you strength to not bow down to the idols of this world; and that you will influence the world for God.

Matthew 25:32 Are You A Sheep Or A Goat?

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:32

In every workplace there are two types of people. There are some who do what they are told and expected to do and there are some who do not do what they are told or expected to do.

The boss who is aware of what is going on will often reprimand or fire the one who does not do his job. The others will be honored and raised up.

Jesus says that in the end everyone will be divided as sheep and goats. The sheep are those who did His will and the goats are those who did not do His will.

Just as it is in the workplace, are people in the church. In every church there are many people who claim to follow Jesus and believe in God. Some are telling the truth, while others are not.

Many go to church to look good or to escape hell, but very few actually go to church to be built up and to build others up. Those few will go out and reach the lost in many different ways. They will not just sit in a church pew and expect people to come to them.

Sheep will obey their master and do what he says and go where he leads. Goats, on the other hand, will do their own thing, not obeying or following anyone.

God is looking for and expecting people who claim to believe in Jesus to do what God has said to do. Even though someone claims to believe in Jesus, if he does not do what God says, then he will be cast into hell in the end.

If you claim to be a believer and follow Jesus, you are already on the right track. However, your actions must follow your words.

Do not allow yourself to claim Jesus, but do as the world does.

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in ways you can reach out and touch the lives of other people for God. This can be in witnessing and telling them about Jesus and in practical ways of meeting their needs when you can.

There is coming a day when God will separate the people. Will you be seen as a sheep or a goat?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God desires of you; that your actions will match your words; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that God will see you as one of His sheep.