Friday, 29 October 2010

A Mixed Lifestyle Produces a Sterile Future

A Mixed Lifestyle Produces a Sterile Future

“ in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say... be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.
(1 Corinthians 1:10 AMP)

In the last Truth for the Journey we looked at the subject of the Ecumenical movement and the danger points of compromising in an attempt to foster a false sense of peace; in the context of “New Days, New Ways.” However in a continuation of thought and theme we will discuss in today’s article the dangers of “Spiritual Mixtures;” something that I come across daily, not only on my own geographical door step but also when I travel around the world. In fact as I prepare to take to the skies yet again, I am more aware than ever of this growing - although not new – trend. Therefore it s is with genuine concern that I say that “dangerous mixtures - exist within the Body of Christ today.”

So as I explain below... I trust that today’s article will provide much food for thought and much inspiration; albeit a clear-headed topic! We must encourage ourselves to face what faces all of us today; that of toxic-mixes. It exists not only in the Body of Christ of course, but in the world around us. From the food we eat to the air we breathe; there are toxic mixtures that influence us every day of our lives. We don’t have room perhaps to discuss all them here but dangerous mixes exist. God addresses this subject of mixtures Himself in His Word as we will see below, but mixtures include the natural vs. supernatural, psychology vs. the Word of God, Holy vs. unholy spirit etc. We have to agree, that some things in life should just never be mixed; so let’s read on and discover what the scriptures say regarding this.

First let’s see where God first brings this issue out in the Old Testament. Where He warns His people against mixtures especially in Leviticus 19:19 where it says, "You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you." So there are three specific things that God warns against which are: breeding mixed livestock, sowing with mixed seed and wearing a mixed garment.
Consider it this way: sowing with mixed seed, represents the “message” that we bring (when partly in truth and partly in error) and wearing mixed garments refers to our “lifestyles,” (partly scriptural and partly of this world). Whereas allowing livestock breed with livestock that is of an incompatible kind would be equivalent to a Christian ministry or group aligning itself with a group that is non-Christian. Scripture speaks of an “unequal yoking” as seen here in 2 Cor 6:14-17 (KJV) “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you...” In fact we see clearly that God wants us to “separate” ourselves from the mix, backed up again by James 4:4 where it states, “... know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (KJV). Harsh words but when it comes to mixtures, how else do you remedy the mixture but to “separate” the ingredients?
For instance gold usually contains a variety of other metals and in order to “purify” the gold, in other words to take the other metals out, it must be heated; proven by fire. Then and only then is it considered “pure” gold. Now of course there have been extremists in every generation who have incited hatred and ethnic “cleansing.” In recent history there were the likes of Hitler (with his ideological Aryan race) and others more recent such as Rwanda, the Sudan and Bosnia. But we are not discussing mixtures of race in this context; rather our discussion of mixtures is predominantly a spiritual context. The Old Testament saw much physical killing, concerning the nature of mixtures, but this represents a type and shadow of what occurs spiritually in the New Testament.

Dangerous relationships contain dangerous “mixtures” not just in marriage but in all relationships. In fact Amos warned, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3 KJV) Marriage is important in this context as scripture says, “‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (Matt 19: 5-6 NIV) So there are times that God says we must come out and be separate and other times, which we must not be separated. There is much to this mixture business which practically affects every area of our lives. In fact we have become so accustomed to unnatural mixtures that we hardly notice them anymore. But let’s continue...

Sterile or Barren:
For instance, my father was a farmer and growing up on a farm meant that I had firsthand knowledge of farm life. Therefore I know that mixed breeding produces creatures that are “STERILE” (infertile or barren!) Take for example when a horse mates with a donkey – all that union can produce a “sterile mule” which means that it will “never” re-produce. We could liken this to “mixed breeding” amongst Christians and the world – which too can only produce “sterility and unproductiveness.” Where we wonder why our “projects” don’t produce anything more than weariness! Our fruit is minimal even though our labour is much. Why? Check for the mixtures. Check for the contamination. Perhaps we have become sterile and we never noticed the “mixture” in our lives - that produced it. We must be this real!
For instance on a personal level, my wife and I have always been very selective and careful regarding what we allow into our home; whether through TV, video games and the like... and with growing children this can be very challenging; nevertheless challenge worth taking seriously because as the results are so life altering. In other words, as ministers of the gospel – none of us can afford a potent pulpit ministry while our home lives are sterile! For example sterile children who have just enough of God and the world – to make them dangerous! With a mixture of spirits – secular and spiritual; humanistic and godly; needless to say this grieves the Spirit of God who is jealous for us and our children and their children! He will not share us with the world. He wants us to be “fruitful” not “sterile.” Jesus said “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit” (John 15:5-8).
Is it possible to have a mixture of spirits? Yes of course, mixture exists on every level and this particularly refers to the condition where both the Holy Spirit and unholy spirits in operation. To see this let’s look at King Saul who also operated in a mixture of spirits. We know that in one instance he would prophesy via the Holy Spirit yet in another instance prophesy via a demon. (What a sober warning to all of us!) As King for forty years along with being a successful military commander; “spiritual mixture” became his final undoing. During his life time, he knew what it was to consult with God, but on the last night of his life he consulted a witch; did this produce life or was it sterile? The answer lies in the fact that Saul committed suicide on the battlefield the very next day!

If we apply this to our own lives, every time we approach God it must “produce life” as it says in Gal 6:7-8 (KJV) “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

God does not condone mixtures. Perhaps this is a subject that average believers don’t give much thought to. But in James 3:9-12 it clearly says, “With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God's likeness. Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen! Do clean and polluted water flow out of the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? In the same way, a pool of salt water can't produce fresh water” (GW).
We must never cultivate spiritual mixtures in our lives. We are not talking mere variety, spontaneity, individuality or diversity; of course all that is healthy. But once again we are discussing spiritual mixtures. God Himself makes this topic clear continual throughout the Bible both Old and New Testaments. For instance even though we have the power and life and death in our tongues, and the opportunity to operate in either, God commands us to operate in one only as seen here in the Old Testament where God said, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). We still ahve the same choice. Life or death. His desire has not altered either. Choose life He said. There can be no mixture. Even Jesus said “ are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Rev 3:15-16 NIV).

In fact according to Scripture everything is a matter of life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Proverbs 18:21), truth or error, light or darkness, blessing or cursing and heaven or hell. And if God has truly translated us from one kingdom to another – out of darkness and into light, then we must not attempt to create grey zones! (Colossians 1:12-13).
Walking with One Spirit:
In James 1:8 says “A double minded (double spirited) man is unstable in ALL his ways.” Therefore it is in our best interest to reject all forms of the mixture. In 1 Corinthians 1:10 we see Paul the Apostle exhorting the Corinthians to remain united (avoiding spiritual mixtures), “...speak the same perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Therefore it is exhaustively clear from the Old to the New Testament, that God apposes all mixtures and intends us to be single minded, hearted, tongued and spirited! NO MIXTURES.

Confusion and Division
Finally in closing the result of mixture is confusion and division. For instance, where there is a mixed message; part true / part false, people can only respond in two ways. Some will see the good and focus on it, and therefore accept the bad. Some will focus on the bad, and therefore reject the good. Neither accomplishes God's purpose. Confusion brings division and that is exactly what happens in the church: confusion then division. And the devil has three major objectives: to steal, to kill and to destroy; one way to bring destruction is through spiritual chaos. However, “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
We must be determined to remain single minded in all that we do and avoid cultivating any mixtures in our lives. God wants the best for us and mixtures will only rob us of the blessings that He has for us, our ministry, business or family. So in order to stay blessed, we must stay free of the mix!

Father thank You for helping me to walk and live in “one” direction; by Your Word and by Your Spirit. Your Word says, “...let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matt 5:37; James 5:12) Therefore I simply say “Yes” to You and “No” to mixture. Help me walk this out in Jesus name. Amen

You are pure and unadulterated. No shadow turning with you. No mixtures. You are complete; single minded. Your Words are pure, You are not double tongued! When I turn to You, I find Your the same; unaltered by my imperfections! Hallelujah.


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