Deuteronomy 6:14-15 “You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations, for the Lord your God, who lives among you, is a a jealous God. His anger will flare up against you, and he will wipe you from the face of the earth.”
God has called us to live in the world but not to be controlled by the world’s values and opinions. He has called us to live holy lives among non-believers so as to shine a light in the darkness. However, He does not want us to take up their habits or their idols. In order to live holy lives, we must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The world will try to lead us astray, but we are told to reject the world’s counsel and get our instructions from God and His Word.
“How much better to be led by the Holy Spirit, who will always lead you to be in the world but not of the world. When you are full of yourself, you are not full of the Spirit. The voice of the Holy Spirit cannot be heard above the world’s noise unless we tune out everything else and turn our heart and ears toward Him.”¹
[Read 2 Samuel 1-8]
2 Samuel 7:29 “And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing.”
Help me to be separate from the world but still be effective to do Your will. Show me how to live in the world without being influenced by it. Strengthen me to reject the idols and values of the world and open my eyes to those practices that are of the world and not of You. Amen.