Today I broke in front of you children. Overwhelmed with the demands of life. In bondage to “things”. Trying to find the straight and narrow path the Lord has for me, I find myself bombarded with distractions.
And then I read this email quote by Charles Spurgeon sent by a friend:
“Only ye shall not go very far away.” Exodus 8:28
This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent, it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand.
Death to the world, and burial with Christ, are experiences which carnal minds treat with ridicule, and hence the ordinance which sets them forth is almost universally neglected, and even condemned. Worldly wisdom recommends the path of compromise, and talks of “moderation.” According to this carnal policy, purity is admitted to be very desirable, but we are warned against being too precise; truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. “Yes,” says the world, “be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little enjoyment in society, an occasional ball, and a Christmas visit to a theatre. What’s the good of crying down a thing when it is so fashionable, and everybody does it?” Multitudes of professing-believers yield to this cunning advice, to their own eternal ruin.
If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness of separation, and leave the Egypt of the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, its pleasures, and its religion too, and go far away to the place where the Lord calls his sanctified ones. When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. When the plague is abroad, a man cannot be too far from its haunts. The further from a viper the better, and the further from worldly conformity the better. To all true believers let the trumpet-call be sounded, “Come ye out from among them, be ye separate.”
The Lord used this to confirm what He’s already been drawing me to – a separation. Too easily we can be distracted from what really matters. This is what I shared with you all through my tears and discouragement this morning.
The toy we fight over doesn’t matter. Who started something first doesn’t matter. God doesn’t care about fleshly desires – He cares more that we show God’s love to one another.
The games and make believe times are fun, but they have no bearing whatsoever on the Kingdom of God or drawing us to Him. How can we but see these are distractions the enemy places in our paths to keep our eyes off the Lord? We don’t live in an imiginary world – this time is real and now, and with each passing second, we’ve one less second to live for Him.
The things we watch or allow our time to be spent on have a far deeper impact on our spiritual lives that we can imagine. And not only can they secretly steer our hearts into foolish thoughts or behaviour, but they have a far reaching NEGATIVE effect on our Christian testimony. Set yourselves apart from those things everyone else does – from what everyone else watches – from what everyone else listens to. We are called to the straight and narrow way; the way that few find and walk.
He desires for us to learn wisdom and instruction; He desires for our focus to be on serving and honoring Him, not wasting time away with things that will pass away. I’ve been convicted as we’ve been reading through the Old Testament and are now in Deuteronomy. God warns His children of false gods – things that might take our eyes off Him and on something else.
How easily we are pulled to actions or attitudes, simply by seeing them in the lives of those we spend time with – so I also caution you, my daughters, to consider those you associate yourselves with frequently. Choose wise friends; choose friends that desire the Lord to work in their lives and allow Him to guide their thoughts and actions. But also, when our time is spent with the Lord, we find our actions and attitudes molded by Him.
When I see how much my heart hurts when I see foolishness in our lives, I wonder how much more it hurts the Lord’s heart. We read Deuteronomy 5:29 this morning and the Lord really spoke to me through it:
“O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!”
God longs for us to walk in obedience to Him and His will. How many times has He cried this over us; how many times has He said, “if they would just put all of this stuff aside and look to Me!”?
This is a hard road to walk, especially when it leads you even from those professing to be Christians, but please understand that in order to be holy as He is holy, we must surround ourselves with those that walk in His ways. We can’t have one foot in the world and the other foot in the Lord.
After hearing your dad’s response to this email “I’m ready to move!”, I’m encouraged further to leave the “things” of this world behind so that we can focus on what really matters – knowing and serving the Lord and one another.
We’re going on an adventure. We’re purging. We’re seeking the Lord and asking Him to reveal those things He wants us to separate away from – those things which rob us of our time, energy, and fellowship with Him. We’re desiring Him to guide us as to what He wants for our family, and give us wisdom to know what is good, holy, and acceptable unto Him.
I want to teach you to care for one another, to serve one another, to learn to prepare meals, sew, crochet, tend to animals, etc… Things that you will need to know in life as well as be able to serve others with.
One day should you read this and find yourself in the same place, I encourage you to let it all go. You might be alone, and even fellow believers might think you’re going overboard… but I want to ask this…
“How can you go overboard living for the King of Kings? How can we give too much? How can we allow Him to draw us to Him too much? How can we deny ourselves pleasures too much?”
~ Your loving Mother