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Being separated…

Okay before I worry anyone who read this regularly: NO I am not separating from Nolan. We are still very much in love and have a happy marriage.

What I am talking about is a theme that seems to keep coming up in my quiet times, when I go to church, when I am at work, and when I listen to the radio on the way home.  The need to be separate. To walk a Christian life that is pleasing to God and acceptable in His sight. Why is this so important?

Well, I heard an interesting reason on Focus on the Family Radio show today…in essence the guy was saying this: That we are God’s representatives in this world. We are to represent God’s character so that people who need Him will see the difference in our lives and be drawn to Him. However, when we have scandals in our churches, when we hate our brothers and sisters for petty stuff, when we don’t honor our marriage vows, when we don’t love and nurture our children, when we don’t reach out to help those in need, when we don’t guard our thoughts, speech, and actions we represent Christ badly. We say to this world that God is a phony.

Well, my friends God is not a phony! He is living, loving, and very real God. He understands our faults, is in tune with our desires, and is a Good Father and Good guide for this life.  Rebekah how do you know this? I have experienced his love and care in my own life. He has been faithful in all areas of my life.  Because God has been so faithful I feel strongly that I should be faithful to Him. I should not take His grace or my Christian freedoms for granted and live any way I please. But I should guard my heart, protect my mind, read His word, keep my thoughts and speech filtered, pray, pray and pray some more,  and manage my actiions. Rebekah, this is impractical no one can ever live like this day in and day out. You’re right not in my own power but with God’s help I can. Sure I will mess up(I am a hopelessly flawed sinner) but I have a Saviour who loves me and accepts me as I am. I don’t have to clean up for Him. I just bow humbly admit my faults and ask for forgiveness then absolutely turn my wrong.

Rebekah

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