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Devotional - week of June 17, 2007


CURRENT WARNING

 

“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’” Deuteronomy 12:29-30

 

 

God is warning the Israelites because He knows the tendency of people to conform to the lifestyle of those around them. Paul also echoes knowledge of this inclination when he writes in Romans 12:2:

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed …

 

Even the casual reader of the Old Testament is very much aware of the Israelites frequently adopting the gods and the lifestyles of the nations around them.

 

As God’s people, we need to heed the warning God gave to Israel. A man, who was very familiar with hundreds of churches, confided in a friend his grief about those churches with the words, “Oh, the worldliness that is in our churches.”

 

Following a pastor’s sermon on living out our death, burial and resurrection, one of his members spoke to him about the worldly living by some people who regularly attend church.

 

A believer who is living a worldly life must have a yearning to change his lifestyle before he attempts to change. When the desire is there, the Scriptures show the way to freedom from worldly living. Understanding Galatians 6:14 is a beginning. It says:

 

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world

 

When a Christian desires to have freedom from conformity to the world and he knows that he is spiritually crucified to the world, he is only one step away from the fulfillment of his desire to change.

 

He only needs to experience his spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection by continuing to live out his union with Christ.