Separation in Kingdom Preparation
“"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a newly married wife from her mother-in-law. And a man's foes will be they of his own household. He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:34-38, Amplified Translation)
We're in a time of preparation. Preparation usually calls for separation. This is something many people in the Body of Christ oftentimes struggle with. But if you're going to enter into the Kingdom of God, you're going to have to make an individual choice to walk that path alone.
When the prophet John the Baptist preached "repentance" preceding the coming of Jesus Christ, what he was really preaching was going the opposite direction. Repentance means to turn away from. But did you know that "turning away" doesn't just involve leaving sin, but sometimes people too?
Many people are in relationships based on shared ideas and lifestyles. You can't have relationship without agreement. Amos 3:3 says, "How can two walk together unless they agree?" If I like to party, more often than not I'm going to hang out with others who like to party. If I like to smoke, you'll find me on my lunch break in a "smokers circle" outside my building. There's agreement there. But when I repent from my lifestyle of partying and smoking, I'm not only turning away from the sin, but the crowd I once ran with.
This is not just something that just happens in the world. Sometimes in the church God will call us to separate ourselves from certain people. Everyone doesn't share the same maturity, or abide in the same realm of revelation. Remember when the Father called Moses up to the top of the mountain, described in the book of Exodus? I want you to notice that in order for Moses to obey God, he had to leave Joshua, and the rest of God's people, behind. Moses was operating on another spiritual plain.
At the 2011 New Years Eve service, I prophesied that God was telling us to not worry about those who are in rebellion- don't try to pull people along who don't seem to want God. Let them go. If you don't let them go, they'll drag you down instead until you wound up missing God. And just this past Sunday the Holy Spirit said the same thing: Stop trying to pull people along. Jesus simply told people to, "Come," and He didn't look back to see if they were actually following. It's time for us to be like Jesus.
Moses disobeyed God because of people. He missed entering into the Promised Land because he became emotionally wrapped up in people who weren't interested in God themselves. This broke God's heart. That's why He's graciously warning His end-time Church to not go that route.
Though Moses is a cautionary tale, let Jesus be our great example. When you take up your cross and decide to enter into the Kingdom, it's a solo choice. You'll sometimes feel lonely. You're going to be rejected. You're going to be misunderstood. I've been there. But know that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are with you and they're just as real as any human being walking this earth. And not only that, but there's a great cloud of witnesses cheering you on (Hebrews 12:1).
In His Service,
Dr. Frankie H. Young, Apostle