Because I Belong to God

For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons
and daughters to me,” says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:15

A lot of people started the year off making resolutions that in 2008, they will be different. They will think differently, they will do different things, and subsequently, life will be better. At least that’s what they hope.

But within a few days or weeks, most if not all, will lapse back into old behaviors, old attitudes, old patterns. That goes for Christians, too.

No matter how passionately you feel about pleasing God right now, living a holy life in 2008 will depend on a few key decisions.

Decision #1: Will I live my life in the power of God’s Spirit and not in my own strength or willpower?

Decision #2: Will my personal life be determined by God’s Word and its wise application? Between me and God-I will live according to what He has said is right.

The Bible describes this as holiness-being “set apart; separate.” The word actually means “to mark off a boundary.” Read 2 Corinthians 6:15-19 at the top of the page for specifics.

Separation is holiness in action. It’s drawing a line in the sand and saying, “I don’t go there; I don’t look at that; I won’t tolerate that in my life. I belong to God. I’ve made a choice and by God’s grace I’m not going back.”

Living a holy life begins with building convictions and living within those boundaries. The best time to make that lifestyle decision is today-before you’re in the heat of the moment, apart from the pressure of the choice.

Have you drawn protective, preventative lines around your life? If you haven’t established your own convictions based on God’s Word, you’re going to fail. You might do O.K. for a season, but if you don’t heed God’s call to come out and be separate, you’ll waffle right back into that old pattern of defeat.

If you’re ready to break the cycle, start here. Say, “I resolve once and for all that with the Spirit’s help and power, I’m doing it God’s way. I belong to Him.”

Maybe you’ve been struggling in a particular area of sin and you wonder if you’ll ever get victory. Hear the tender call of your loving Father, be done with that. Those things don’t fit in your life.

Maybe you’ve tolerated your rationalized behavior a long time and the Spirit of God wants your attention about the compromises you’ve been excusing. Before you make a choice you can’t reverse and reap a whirlwind of consequences, heed the piercing word of His Spirit saying, “Come out from that and be separate.”

I don’t know how the command could be any clearer, loved ones. God’s Word says to separate from the world’s lifestyle. Don’t touch what is unclean; don’t sit on the fence, don’t straddle the line, don’t be double minded. God’s says: “Be holy as I am holy.”

There’s joy and blessing waiting for you in 2008 when you live in the protective boundaries of God’s holy call on your life.
Written by:
James MacDonald


  1. You've begun the post with my sentiments - we must commit to walking by the Spirit. No amount of conviction can cause lasting change, but His transformation is perfect. I would add, that it's all about a relationship; a willingness to hear His voice and heed it. We're set apart as HIS - His beloved and it's all motivated by that Love.

  2. What a great devotional for this morning. I think I will print it off and put it in my Bible to refer to again. Thanks!

  3. well said, my friend.. well said..

    it's not perfection but direction...

    when we live in a love, not out of a love...

    we finally ''GET IT''

    be blessed...

  4. And...... it is a daily renewing of the mind..... How the enemy wants to sidetrack us one way or the other.... It is an on purpose determination each day to walk in the spirit........ I have to remind myself of that on a regular basis........... Great devotional today............. I am encouraged as usual......

  5. I totally and completely LOVE that! When I was finished reading it all I could do was exhale a great big long "AAAAHHHHHHH!". It is though that was a breathe of fresh air and my heart and soul are resting.

    Thank you for posting this...I truly love it!


  6. Thanks for the post! It was a reminder to me of where my focus needs to be! I should have read it 5 minutes earlier!

  7. I have another thought...

    In the book of Numbers chapter 2.....

    it talks about all the tribes of Israel... God gave them specific instructions as to where to pitch their tents and in which order... and in the word it uses the word Standard....... which in fact was a banner for all to see....... it had the name of their fathers house......... The tribe of Gad, Zebulun, Judah, and on and on ............ It was their proclamation of who they were and who they belonged to........... When their enemies would see the whole tribe of Israel camped out with their standards hosted above each and every camp they would find another way around................

    We are to lift our standards over our household and proclaim from whence we came............ and the enemy will fear and tremble...............

    anyway, that came to mind when I read your post for the second time.. just had to share... (and His banner (standard) over me is love)

  8. I have left you a little something on my blog......:)

  9. It is hard to separate ourselves from this worldliness that seems to try and touch every aspect of our lives. But, if everything was easy we would not lean on Him.

    Thanks for the wonderful post.
    The Park Wife

  10. Thank you, Sharon. I just love your posts.

  11. And sometimes He uses others to help stir us up..... as He does with me every time I read your post...

    Have a great day tomorrow....

  12. Great post! I've added this link to my SSSS meme at


  13. Thanks Sharon for refering me back to these posts on drawing near to God. As I read this devotional I thought, "Daniel". Daniel PURPOSED in his heart not to...


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