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The purpose of separation
by David McArdle
10/16/11
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Psalm 119.115

The purpose of separation

“Depart from me, evildoers, that I may observe the commandments of my God” [Psalm 119.115 NASB]

David hated every form of wickedness and whenever the hypocrites came against him, they took great delight in attempting to hinder him from paying too close attention to the development of his spiritual life.

If this is also happening in your life, in an effort to combat and conquer your foes, you must not forfeit the principles, which you have fought so hard to maintain, to fit in with their wishes; but be even more committed than you were, if that is possible, so that you will be found by Him, at the last day, to be faithful and obedient.

At one time, we were glad to be among their number, but such is the wonder of the power of our conversions, that one-minute we were rushing with them to the bottomless abyss, and the next, we are walking with the Lord in the path of holiness.

Consequently, our increasing desire is to be with Him and to please Him. This was also David’s objective. He did not just want to be free from the presence of evil; he had also firmly decided to be obedient to God. David had made it his aim to turn and walk away from those who had decided to turn their backs on the Lord.

Just as Daniel behaved impeccably in the midst of the Babylonian elite, so David had resolved, in his heart, not to conform to the principles and practices of his day.

David’s ultimate aim was separation leading to sanctification. Now this is also God’s pattern. “ … He summoned those whom He … wanted … He appointed twelve that they might be with Him … “[Mark 3.13-14 NASB]

The first call is to partnership, then separation, which in turn, leads to service and then concludes in eternal union. [David McArdle]











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Lisa Walker Thomas 19 Oct 2011
Beatutiful! I enjoyed reading how separation is for a time...and the end result is to be with God in eternity...it was lovely how you put that together...be satisfied in separation...there is a purpose...a great one...
Patricia Bankhead 16 Oct 2011
This is right on time for me as I am dealing with someone whom I love but is trying to change my beliefs. Thank you.




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