Thought Of The Day, “Set Apart”, Men’s Daily Devotion

Men’s Daily Devotion, Set Apart


Thought of the day:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Reference 1 John 2:15-17 NKJV

In order to grow closer to Christ, we have to deny our desires for worldly things. Paul is pointing out here that there is no way we can have one foot in the world and one in God’s Kingdom. This can almost make us look like we have multiple personalities (pun intended). We have to make a choice to be fully with Him or not.

We are now in a society where things like:
Using drugs recreationally is becoming legal
Where sexual relations outside of Biblical marriage is being promoted
Where even marriage relationships have been perverted with people’s ideologies
Babies can be killed legally via abortion and now even after they are born
People are having identity crises
Gambling is on the rise

I could keep going but, the list is so long.

What we need to do is not fall for any of it, no matter how people will try to tell us that because it’s legal, that it’s ok. It doesn’t matter if it’s being taught from a pulpit or from anyone, if it’s against God’s Word, we need to not be involved. We need to be set apart from all of it.

One of the discussions going around is legalized marijuana. Why would a believer want to use something that is used in pagan rituals? Do they not know that it opens a gateway to evil spirits? It may make you feel better for a minute but, it affects your walk with Christ. The long term effects physically are not worth the short term relief. There is more evidence about how it causes cancer, heart attack’s etc. never mind how it leads to other drugs.

Let’s not get wrapped up in what the world is promoting as ok, if we really want to walk closely with Jesus.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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