This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at http://www.dtbm.org/
Live for What Is Eternal
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you live for what is eternal!
TUESDAY: Jesus Calls Saints to Come Out of Worldliness
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and … receive of her plagues. For … God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works …. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, … give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, “I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her’ ” (Revelation 18:4-8, Emphasis added).
Revelation 18:4-8 is a repetition of the continually repeated warning. God wants us, His saints, to live out our high calling. We are called to be holy in all parts of our lives. To “separate from” and “get out of
From the Garden of Eden to the end of time, God has the same call to His saints: “Come out of worldliness! Get away from the worship of this world!” Look at what He has to say about this in the following verses.
God called Abraham out of his world to follow His way: “… ‘Get out of your country, from your family And from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you’ ” (Genesis 12:1).
God called Lot to totally abandon the sinfulness of
God called Moses to stay out of the very presence of those rebelling against the Lord: “… ‘Speak to the congregation, saying, “Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram” ’ ” (Numbers 16:23-24).
God promises great blessing for living a life that avoids the ungodliness around us: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-3).
Jesus prayed for our realization that this world is not our home: “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 …” (John 17:14-16).
God expects His children to come out—and stay out—of worldliness: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? … For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you’ ” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).
God calls us to be careful to not associate with sin: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1Timothy 5:22).
Are you obeying God’s call to come out of worldliness? Are you worshiping God—and God alone? If you are struggling with worldliness, the key to victory and freedom is yielding to and obeying the Lord! For Jesus says, “…. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. … If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. … If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love …” (John 15:5, 7, 10a).
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