BE A FOREIGNER (LIKE ABRAHAM)!
Remember the old gospel song "This world is not my home, am just a passing through..." The last line of the verse says "...and I can't feel at home, in this world anymore." There is a big reason for this -
1. This world is not our home.
2. Our citizenship is in Heaven (if Christ is your Lord and Savior).
3. We are supposed to LIVE in this world without having the world LIVE in us. This SHOULD be reserved ONLY for the Holy Spirit of God, Who comes to seal us for Heaven until we die.
With this in mind, please read the next in our now, almost 3 week-old daily look at Hebrews 11. Verse 9 (GWT) says "Faith led Abraham to live as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who received the same promise from God."
Abraham lived "like a foreigner"....and a good thing too! The Land which God sent him to was full of vile pagan idolatry, with multiple gods - ALL demonic! Their culture was full of people who did what was right in their own eyes. There were idols and gods for every function of life and people lived as if the Great Flood (which had occurred less than 1000 years before) never happened. You may recall God sent the Flood (and saved Noah) for this same kind of cultural, religious and social filth!
So what is new? There is no difference with the Canaan (or Egypt etc) of 4000 years ago when Abraham lived separately (or holy) away from these people and modern civilization. The only visible difference is people in the 21st century practice their evil and adulterous idolatry with a shirt and tie on!
They have moved from dancing around asherah poles and throwing babies off Mayan temples into fiery pits to their demons to air-conditioned zen studios; pornographic movie factories in Los Angeles and planned parenthood clinics in Houston and Granite City! Now tell me what part of any of this modern American culture lines up with the Word of God and the Holiness of God? NONE! Every single fiber of this system is already earmarked for Judgment.
This is why Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the great Patriarchs of the Holy One in Heaven, lived in tents and away from pagans. We are to do the same. Our physical house may be next door to or across the street from a womanizing, wicca-loving, worldly whirlwind of confusion, but OUR home should be a sanctuary of Holiness.
Our children should be like sharp arrows in our quiver.
Our light should so shine that this dude across the street will see our light and wonder just Who our Father really is.
Our call should be daily supplication, adoration and meditation to reach up to Jesus in Heaven and pray protection around our homes, kids, each other and more.
The tents we are called to live in are now not physical tents but flesh and blood. Our bodies are the Temples of the Holy Spirit if we are saved- truly saved. T
This Temple is dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, His Life, death, Resurrection and Second Coming....nothing else.
This is what Abraham knew.
This is the Jesus he met when the three Strangers came to visit him and Sarah around 2000 BC.
This is the charge to us - live in the World....do not let the World live IN us!
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