Genesis 13 - Separation "Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left." (Gen 13:9 KJV)

There are times when we must separate ourselves from weaker brethren. I just spoke of unity in the last few chapters, but here we see another type of necessary separation. Lot was worldly. He chose according to sight, and not according to faith. He chose with that "me first" attitude, wanting the best for himself, instead of giving the best to his "brother" Abraham. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the sun." (3:1), then, in v.5, "a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing." Yes, there is a time, and a purpose for unity among the brethren, but there is also an equal time and purpose for separation!

When brothers began to fight and bicker among themselves, then it was time for separation. God had plans for Abraham, and had to separate him from lot to bring it to pass. The worldly Christians that embellish our churches today, will pull you down, stay away from them! Teach them when you can, (and if you can). Many will not listen to sound instruction, that's why they are weak!, but don't seek to fellowship with them too much. None is to be ignored, but we must not cling to them as intimate friends, not until they grow in the Lord a little more.

This is especially true when one is known to indulge in open sin, flagrantly, we need to separate ourselves from him for the good of ourselves; our testimony, and for the Word of God. Turn them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the soul might be saved, as in 1 Corinthians. 5:5, and be careful not to be partakers of their sin, or to take pleasure in them and their sin. (Rom 1:32) Lot "pitched his tent" toward Sodom, and later was found living there. Let this be a lesson for all of us. What we put before us will lure us further into its clutches. - by Marty Dunn More KJVDevos

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