Five Minute Friday

Avoiding the Muddied Waters

Come out from among them is a thought taken directly from scripture.  It is often quoted from the New Testament but is a principle found throughout both the old and the new testaments.  The principle of God’s people separating themselves from the world – from its sin and its sinful influences.  Too often, the very mention of separation can cause contention; nevertheless, God has always desired that His people would not only be distinguished from the world (a peculiar people even – Deut. 14:2 and Titus 2:14) but that they would also do whatever it takes to avoid being entangled, and choked, by the world.  This takes continued commitment to God’s word and a willingness to examine our thoughts, opinions, choices and more against His word.

The world is definitely alluring.  And our enemy is beyond subtle and can so easily muddy the waters between what is right and wrong.  What is appropriate or not for a Christian.  Between which decisions are legalistic habits/rules and which really are Bible principles.  These are questions not answered in a five-minute Friday, free write post but we need to stay committed to knowing the difference.

I mentioned that Satan is the master of muddying the waters.  After I typed it, I looked for a definition.  A dictionary of idioms said, “to make something less clear; to make matters confusing; to create difficulty where there was none before.”  Does that not define the days we live in?  Recognizing sin and then avoiding it can often be a challenge.  Determining to come out from among it…even more so.  Thankfully, whatever God has asked of us, He will enable us to do.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”  II Corinthians 6:17-18

6 thoughts on “Avoiding the Muddied Waters

  1. Encouraging to know that God will enable us to handle whatever crosses our path. I used to take exception with the thought that God gives us only what we can handle. There have been times I wish I didn’t have to handle so much. But maybe I should look at that expression as God enables us to handle everything we are given.

    1. Yes, indeed. He does enable us…and a little shift in our perspective changes everything:) Enjoyed your blog today…and glad you stopped by here as well!!

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