Are You Separate Enough?
- Date: March 11, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you…” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
- From Wise To Do Evil
I really see the Lord, in His compassion, calling us today. Are we hearing that Voice? "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17). You know, it's interesting, because I know where our hearts are, generally. I know we're all very similar here. But can I ask you, are we separate enough yet? Are you content with how far you are from the world at this time? Are there still things, whatever they might be, self-indulgences of every kind, whatever it might be, power, lust, ease, comfort, recreation, whatever it is; are we wholly poured out for the kingdom? I'm not. I'm not happy with where I am. I'm further away from numerous worldly things than I used to be. But there's something burning in my bones; I'm not happy. I'm not satisfied. There's so much more to obtain, if we would just embrace the wisdom of God that says, "Die." If you want to save your life, Scripture says you have to lose it. Are we practicing that wisdom? Are you comfortable to what degree you're practicing that wisdom?
We make pretty good runs at it periodically, don't we? Don't you despise the backsliding? We don't like to call it that. See, when we think of backsliding, we like to think of somebody who's just completely given over to the world. They've turned their back on the Lord. They deny Him openly. And yet, you know what? If we're not going forward, what do you think we're doing? You're going backward. You can't stay still! Some of you may be progressing right now. But there are a number of us here that are backsliding right now. Oh, you're not dead; you're still a child of God. The question we're asking is: Are you content with this? Are you satisfied with where you are? Is it enough? Have you offered God enough? Have you praised Him enough?
As He speaks forth, the prophet, to this nation and says, "There's going to be a day when I'm going to give you shepherds after my own heart that are going to bring to you My love. And you're going to no longer be caught up in all of the ritualistic aspects; but you're going to know Me" (Jeremiah 3:14-15). But He says, "What's going to finish this calling that I've placed upon you is the refinement that's going to take place through my servant, Babylon." And He said, "Before you absolutely experience this chastening of the Lord, I want to make real to you where your hearts are; how I see you. And this is where He gets into the fourth chapter (Jeremiah 4:22). He makes that comment. "My people [are] foolish, they have not known me." What an indictment! You see we're not fulfilling the commandments of God if we're not doers of the Word. If we're not dying and saying that, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that liveth in me. I no longer have an agenda, but it's my will to do the will of God."
You know, it's interesting; we use the will of God almost as a generic term. Let me remind you of something. God is a person and He has a will. "The will of God." We almost make it like something that's a generic doctrine. No. God has a purpose for your life; He has a will for your life. "I will you to do this. I want you to do this." God's will is what He wants you to do. That's over simplistic, at many times, but listen! Are you? In that last encounter you had with God through His Spirit, through His Word, when He spoke to you and gave you a course, when He gave you a commandment, have you done something about it?