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Separated at Birth

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Last week I gave a message on friends. I covered the separation of Christians with unsaved people as friends but not as connected to witness to. Today’s message is going to be more on aspects of the Christian walk. As we have people come to be believers in Christ as their only means of salvation they sometimes don’t get the discipling that they need. New, born-again Christians need training in how to live just as new-born babes need parenting to help them develop into proper adults. Today, I want you to read this message with an open mind. I want you to remember that as you grew you possibly missed some things that your parents didn’t tell you. There are probably things that you only found out as an adult and wished that someone would have told you before that.

            Well, today I want to remind you that Jesus has provided everything that we need right in the Word of God. He is the Living Word and our Bible is the Written Word. Father God is a perfect Father and provides all of our needs if we just seek. I hope that you have already thought about the title of the message. When we are born-again we become new creations in Christ.

In 2nd Cor 5:17 Paul says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” And in Galations 6:15 he says “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature”.

            Notice the phrase that is used in both verses “new creature”. When we are truly born-again of the Spirit of God we become new creatures. You were born as a lost soul in need of a savior. When you gave yourself to Christ He made something new in your life. At this place in our walk we are nothing more than babies as far as the spirit-man goes. We must feed our new creature with the Word of God. We must learn and develop and obey what He has given us to grow into the mature Christian that will someday judge angels (1st Cor 6:3)

When we are born again we are no longer part of this world and are separated from it. We must begin to act like the children of royalty that we are. There are several ways that I want to touch on today in which we must separate ourselves. God never forces His will onto us even after we surrender our lives to Christ. Someone who says they are committed to Jesus can still go about and do everything that the world does if they want to. In doing this they prove that their commitment was false. I often use my marriage with my sweet wife as an example in my teaching. I vowed to love, honor and cherish her and her only and I have kept my word. If I had left the marriage ceremony and flirted with other women I would have proven that I was not committed to her and I would not truly be married to her.

So as Christians we must be separate from the world in many ways. The first way I want to point out is that we are separated in thinking. Christians are ridiculed by the world everyday because they just don’t think like we do. In 1st Cor 2:12-16 we read the explanation of this. The final verse shows why we think differently. It is because we have been given the mind of Christ. I play several instruments including the guitar. If I took my mind and put it in your body you might not realize that you could play the guitar at first. But after picking it up and getting it in tune and listening to the notes you’d be able to play it because you would have my mind.

You would immediately know that there was something familiar about the guitar and as you pursued it people would think that you were a prodigy since you have never played before. This is like the mind of Christ. Immediately after our new-birth experience we just know something down inside of us is different.  If you don’t know that something has happened inside you then you really should consider if the new life of Christ is in you.

So our thinking is different as Christians. We begin to look at this life as temporary. Our goals are not to see if we can have the maximum amount of fun and to make the most money that is possible. Rather, we should be laying up treasure in heaven and preparing for the eternal life that will be (Luke12:33)

The next thing that we must be separated in is our speech. Luke6:45 tells us that whatever we have in our hearts will be manifested in our words. If we have something that is really important in our lives we will bring it up often in conversations with people. A person who is a salesman will talk about his product to anyone he meets. Someone who loves football will talk about it over coffee. And a Christian will talk about Jesus and what He has done in his life. But it’s not just mentioning the name of Jesus that is the difference in our lives. Our speech should be different than the world’s.

In Ephesians 4:29 Paul says to “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Your mother may have told you that if you didn’t have something nice to say about someone then you didn’t need to talk about them at all. This old quote could easily have come from the scripture. I think the verse goes beyond talking bad about someone, though. I believe Christian men give very poor testimony for Christ when they talk vulgar and tell dirty jokes. Their language may be crude at times when they get with “the boys” but as a Christian it is not supposed to be. We must be separated from the world in our speech!

Christians should be separated from the world in the actions of sin. We have exact things which are right and wrong for us to do that are spelled out in the Bible. 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 is a list of things in which those who practice will not inherit theKingdom ofGod. That’s pretty specific isn’t it?  Of course these are not all-inclusive as there are many other sins in which a man may fall into. Christians must not obey the flesh and give in to its desires.

Another topic we should be separated in as Christians is our dress. This is rarely talked about today but when I was young it was preached from pulpits. In the Old Testament God gave laws about the clothing of the Jews and described how they should dress differently than the world. Deuteronomy 22:5 says that men should not wear clothes of a woman and a woman should not wear clothes of a man. So the first point of dress is that men should dress like men only. Consequently, women should dress as women only. Even non-Christians know what the phrase “who wears the pants in the family” means. Our friendRegina pointed out that the internationally recognized picture on the women’s rest room is a woman in a dress. Women should wear clothing pertaining to women and men should wear what men are supposed to wear.

In Matthew 7:15Jesus said to beware of false prophets who come in “sheep’s clothing”. Stop and think about that for a minute. Sheep have clothing. They dress in something that identifies them with sheep. Peter and Paul both gave direction on how a Christian should dress in the New Testament. Compare 1st Timothy 2:8-10 with 1st Peter 3:1-6. I wish to point out these things so that you can see two points. First, dress is mentioned in the Old and New covenants so it is still relevant today. Secondly, two different writers of the New Testament gave instruction to the church on this matter.

That leads us into the next type of separation. Christians are to be separated in our desires compared to the world. The hunger of the natural man craves evil and harmful things. His desires are for the temporary things of this world. He lusts after illicit sex, money, power and control. He cannot control what he wants and goes from one sin to another. Psalms 37:4 says “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Now, there are false teachers going around who pervert this verse and say that if you are a “King’s kid” He’ll give you anything you want. In fact their lust for more worldly things only shows how lost they are. When we delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us new desires. He will provide proper desires and we will want something that is good and wholesome and everlasting in our lives.

Christians should be separated in their music and entertainment. The Bible says over and over to sing a “new song” unto the Lord. But the most significant verse is in Psalm 40:3. David says that God put a new song in his mouth. You might believe that music is benign but it’s not. Music is powerful and spiritual. It moves us one way or the other. As Christians, our music should not mimic the world or be of a worldly style. Likewise, our entertainment should not be worldly. The early church refused to go to the outdoor plays during theRoman Empire’s reign. The topic of these were similar to the carnal stories of our day and were about murder, lust and scandal.

I’ve saved the most important separation until last. Christians react differently than the world does. We are told to love our enemies and do good to those who use us. The love that a Christian has is the trademark of difference in which we show the world Christ. Outward signs of difference are important. But the love that we have is imperative. When the love of Christ is in us we will love others when they are unlovable. Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek is someone smites us.

When a baby is inside its mother it partakes of everything that she does. If she takes drugs so does he. If she smokes, he gets the harmful things in cigarettes. But when he is born, he is separated from her and begins to be a unique person. His life is determined by what he takes in outside the womb. He is kept from harmful things, places and people. This is the purpose of the spiritual separations I have been examining today. There is one more example that we have in separation. The early church kept itself pure by practicing all of these things. If you will just study the way they dressed, spoke and lived you will quickly see that they lived lives that stood out like a beacon on a hill. The entire world saw them as peculiar people (Exodus 19:5, Deut 14:2, Titus 2:14, 1st Pet 2:9)  I trust that you will study the passages that I presented and find out just how separated the church should be.

 The next time that you feel you don’t fit in with the world, just remember the heritage that we have in the Church. We are a separated people unto God!

Father God-I pray that You will make us aware of ways that we have yet to separate ourselves from the world and the things of this world. Cause us to be the peculiar people that You want. Our desire is to be a Holy people who are dedicated to You and Your ways. Help us to be so unique from the world that we get its attention and demonstrate a better way.

In Jesus’ Name- Amen

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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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