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Dwelling Apart !!!!!!

12 Jun
Dwelling Apart !!!!!!

Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew, (Deuteronomy 33:28)

The more we dwell alone, the more safe shall we be. God would have His people separate from sinners, His call to them is, “Come ye out from among them.” A Christian world is such a monstrosity as the Scriptures never contemplate. A worldly Christian is spiritually diseased. Those who compromise with Christ’s enemies may be reckoned with them.

Our safety lies, not in making terms with the enemy, but in dwelling alone with our Best Friend. If we do this, we shall dwell in safety despite the sarcasms, the slanders, and the sneers of the world. We shall be safe from the baleful influence of its unbelief, its pride, its vanity, its filthiness.

God also will make us dwell in safety alone in that day when sin shall be visited on the nations by wars and famines. The Lord brought Abram from Ur of the Chaldees, but Abram stopped halfway. He had no blessing till, having set out to go to the land of Canaan, to the land of Canaan he came, He was safe alone even in the midst of foes. Lot was not safe in Sodom though in a circle of friends. Our safety is in dwelling apart with God.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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12 responses to “Dwelling Apart !!!!!!

  1. paulfg

    June 12, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Not often I find myself pondering Mr S with a view to disagreeing. Today seems to be the day. Just reflecting on how Jesus had no trouble mixing and mingling.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Rabble-rouser Paul. Lol.. I understand, there is no one who you can agree all the time for certain. Jesus the friend of sinners.

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  2. Dan Pedersen

    June 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Either Spurgeon doesn’t get it, or he was speaking metaphorically. Metaphorically speaking, anyone who is against the truth is an “enemy,” the same way that even our closest relatives can be our “enemy” when they are not being supportive. This does not mean that God is against them or that we should shun them, but it is necessary to guard our heart against anyone or anything that might interfere with our walk with God.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

      He was speaking metaphorically. Because Jesus could not sin He was quite different than us in His affiliations than we can be on a very close basis. Believers must get most of their fellowship from other believers but we are still to be a friend of sinners.

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  3. msauthorette

    June 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I felt encouraged by this. As the other commenter Paul said, “Jesus had no trouble mixing and mingling”, which is true, but while Jesus never sinned, we, as humans, often do. While Jesus could’ve visited the home of say, a drunk, if a Christian who was a former alcoholic visited the home of a drunk, they might be tempted to drink. It’s not wrong for us to love sinners, or unbelievers, but that’s not whom we should spend the majority of our time around. Our friends, those people whom we spend the most time around, have great impact on our lives; which is why it’s so important to consider who we allow to occupy more and more time, space, significance in our lives. I’ve had to cut off friendships with people that were from my old life; not because I didn’t care about them anymore but because 1, I didn’t want their bad habits and lifestyle to have a negative impact on my new life (me coming back to the Lord ) and 2, our point of connection completely changed. For me, it has been good to have some time apart from the secular world. Thank you for this thought provoking post!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

      I Do Agree with you 100% on this. Thanks for the wonderful comment!!!

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  4. beverley

    June 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Support can be gained from those who believe as we do and act accordingly to one another.

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  5. Skye

    June 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Hate the sin, but love the sinner. If you are walking closely with the Lord, you will know when it is time for you to sever relationships. If your walk is being affected, then the Spirit within will let you know it is time to part ways. By lovingly trying to point people to Jesus and what He calls sin, many hearts can be won. If we turn our back on sinners and separate from them, they will stay lost in their sins. Christians are called to love their neighbor–sometimes that is hard, but God will supply the answers on how to proceed. The key is being sensitive and open to the Spirit’s leading. I was once walking in sin–if the person God sent me did not mix and mingle into my life, I would not be writing this to you right now. 🙂 Thank you, Dear Levi.

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