Separate from the World

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 5

 

“Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord….” – 2 Corinthians 6:17

 

 

Hearing & walking in truth

In previous days, there has been discussion on salvation, the new life in Christ and how to walk with Him and apply the Word. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” This implies that God’s Word is ACTIVE in our lives. Proverbs chapter 5 is a warning against the adulterous woman. But, we can glean so much more than that from this text! There are so many things of this world that can take a choke hold on us and turn our hearts and minds away from God’s truth and before we know it, we fall into the ways of the world, which are not glorifying to God.

In Proverbs 5, one can easily see the importance of hearing the truth and paying attention to wisdom, even within just the first few verses. It is not enough to just know the Word! Putting it into “practice” and seeking (or walking with) God are imperative; as imperative as what is read in Proverbs 5. If Solomon, the wisest man and men like Samson, with his super strength, can fall into sin, we need take heed from their examples! May our hearts be like as in Psalm 25:5, which states “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”

The active Word

Proverbs 5 has key phrases such as “pay attention”, “lend your ear”, “do not depart” and “hear me now”. These are in no way passive! Just as we are not called to come to salvation and be passive; neither is the Word of God passive. Meaning, the Word of God is active in our lives after salvation! There is an interesting illustration of the activeness of the Word of God. This illustration is found in Revelation 1:16, where the double edged sword came out of the mouth of Jesus, instead of the sword being in His hand, as swords typically are found. The Bible is also called our sword. The illustration is not only God speaking the truth but the double edgedness coming about when we allow the Word to change us and we act upon it by faith. This active Word is the “rhema”; literally meaning “an utterance”. A “rhema” is a verse or portion of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction. You can hopefully begin to see the importance of knowing Scripture from this! The Holy Spirit cannot bring to mind (Scripture-wise) what is not already learned in our mind. But, that is not where it stops; as we must then choose to walk wisely; in obedience to that Scripture (walking). This was covered in a previous section, when Romans 6-9 was discussed (know, reckon and yield).

What about you?

Do you see how active the Word is and God’s pursuing of a daily relationship with you? Will you heed to Him?

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.