When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:60-64,66-69 ESV)
This is the question, WHERE ARE YOU GONNA GO? There are 2 teams, and they are clearly becoming more clearly delineated, and more divergent. The Lord’s team and the Worlds team are more separate than ever, and it is time to take a stand! For much of history the two teams were comingled, people could have one foot in the Kingdom of God and one foot in the church. Man was active and participating in both kingdoms, a double minded saint-if you will. As God told us, you cannot do that for long. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
Leader, as the Time of the Gentiles comes to a close, God is in the business of separating. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36) When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. (Matthew 25:31-33) Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:25-26,29-30) The time for SEPARATION is at hand!
Conduit, Peter was SPOT ON, when He said, “Where else are we going to go? It is time to decide. Are we going to be more worried about the WORLD liking us, or are we going to be concerned with doing the tough things in this world as followers? We are coming to the close of an election where people want to blame the division on Trump. Trump is NOT God, he is a mere man. It is God that is separating the sheep and the goats, the wheat, and the tares, the saved and the unsaved, the righteous and the unrighteous. This is what Paul meant in his letter to the Romans: I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.(Romans 12:1-2) Never has this been more clear than the vote for President. It is clear Donald Trump was appointed by God to be a modern-day Cyrus. (see Isaiah 45, 2 Chronicles 36) Trump is the most pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-Christian president the United States has encountered in our modern era. Yet if you officially support him you will be shamed, mocked, called names, cancelled- EVEN BY “SUPPOSED” brothers and sisters in Christ. Just like when those following after Jesus for a free meal, scattered when told the cost to follow Jesus- it is time to decide WHICH KINGDOM ARE YOU FROM? We must remember entry into the TRUE KINGDOM of God will make others hate you, cancel you and mock you. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:18-19) We must know WHO WE ARE, and more importantly WHOSE WE ARE! This will get you in HOT WATER in the world, but ON THE RIGHT TEAM with the LORD! Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11)