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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 152

Today we look at the Christian's duty to separate; this is not an option but a command. 2 Corinthians 6:17 says: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing...." The words "come," "separate," and "touch" are all verbs in the imperative mood. This means that the writer was expressing a command and not an option.

William Burkitt says of this verse: "God expects and requires his saints should make a separation from all uncleanness, but especially from the uncleanness of idolatry. God expects a separation from us, from all unclean courses, from all unclean company, from the presence and appearance of all uncleanness, from communion with idolatrous churches, and from communicating with what is sinful in the truest churches of Christ upon earth." Dear friend, what does the Lord tell you today that requires your separation? Is it a person, place or habit that He calls you to leave? Do not delay but practice immediate obedience.

For the next several days think about things in your life that might not be pleasing to Him. Consider your friends, activities and actions (especially those that keep you from church with the brethren) and adjust accordingly. There are benefits to this life of separation and we shall see them tomorrow. For today it is sufficient to examine and adjust your life according to the Word of God.
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