SIX STEPS OF SEPARATIONSTEP 1. DOUBTING GOD’S GOODNESS, WISDOM, AND PERFECTION OF HIS INTENTIONS TOWARD US.
Peter G. Mkolesia
Peter G. Mkolesia
STEP 2. BELIEVING THAT WE NEED MORE THAN GOD AND WHAT HE HAS PROVIDED TO SATISFY, SUSTAIN, AND SECURE OUR LIVES.
STEP 3. PLACING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS ABOVE LOYALTY TO GOD
STEP 4. CONFORMING GOD AND HIS WORSHIP TO OUR WANTS AND EXPECTATIONS.
STEP 5. RESISTING HIS REPROOFS
Before Cain murdered Abel; God used reproofs to make Cain aware of the path he was treading. There was no hope of an ongoing relationship with God as long as he continued to maintain sin in his life (Genesis 4:5). God came again to Cain, pointing out that he was not doing well and offering him the opportunity to repent and come to God on his terms. (vv.6-7) Again Cain rejected the reproof. At this point it was clear that Cain was committed to living life his own way and would not be responsive to the increasing pressure God was bringing to bear on his life.
Anyone who truly desires to draw close to God needs to live in an ongoing sensitivity to the reproofs of God in his life. These reproofs are both internal and external.
One internal reproof is the reproof of the voice of God’s spirit. This is almost always immediate in its arrival when we contemplate or have committed a sin. It is a spiritual tilt when we have violated the rules in the pinball game of life. We’ve all heard that still and sometimes not so still small voice telling us that we’ve been wrong and calling us back to God. Shame is another internal reproof. Shame is the immediate loss of a sense of worth and dignity. Our adversary loves to use sin to erode the spiritually appropriate confidence we have in ourselves as people of worth and dignity created in the image of God. When we allow sin to corrupt the quality of that image, the immediate result is shame.