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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 151

As we continue to look at Biblical separation, we shall consider the reason for separation: "What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols?" (HCSB) Theses verses tell us that the believer does not have the same foundation as the unbeliever. Here are five differences between the Christian and the lost:
1. Believers differ from unbelievers in fellowship. The unbeliever does not seek the Kingdom of God and we do.
2. Believers differ from unbelievers in communion. We seek the light of Jesus Christ and they live in darkness.
3. Believers differ in attachment and covenant. We are in covenant with our Heavenly Father and the unbeliever has Satan as his father.
4. Believers differ in faith or belief. Our faith is in Jesus Christ and we follow Him. The unbeliever follow the forces of darkness.
5. Believers differ in worship. We worship God and unbeliever worships something or someone else, e.g. money, fame, etc.

It is for the above reasons that we have a duty to separate from unbelievers. This separation means that we are not to allow them to influence our thinking and action. This does not mean that we are to ignore or eliminate them from our lives. We are to be light and salt to a lost world. That means we are to show the transforming power of Jesus Christ to them. You can't do that if you are not close enough to the unbeliever to show them Jesus in you. Hint: the separation is the witness as we disclose to them that we can't do the things we used to do or go to some of the places we used to go. Separation is the witness in many occasions. (More tomorrow on this as we look at the duty of separation)
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