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“I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive any of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her offenses” (Revelation 18:4).

Come out.  Is it really that simple?  Yes, but.  It is so hard to be shed of a certain way of life filled with bad habits.  The Lord has called us out of the wickedness of this age to live into the life of eternity.  Practice acts of righteousness and refrain from the acts of indecency which mark the wicked in this world.  Know that only in the Lord is there hope and a future.  Know that true life is found only in the One who createded life for you and me.

Lord, I know when I am doing something that is wrong.  I see it, and its pleasures are fleeting, followed often be guilt and/or dissatisfaction.  Help me to break the cycle and live as You know I have been created to live.  Guide me in Your goodness to not only see but do according to all that You have in mind for me.  Lord, bring me safe out of this wicked age and fill me with a desire for true life.

My Lord and Savior, You have come to lift me out of the pit of condemnation.  Grant me the will and ability to stay out of the pit.  According to Your grace and mercy, may I be found in You now and always.  Each day, grant that I would become more like You.  Through all that I experience in this age, may the clarity of Your call be clear above all the evil noises I hear.  Save me again today, dear Lord.  Amen.

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  • Jack Richards says:

    “…this wicked age…” Seemed to strike a deep chord as I watch the world news and listened to a neighbor who has finally decided to attend a congregation more focused on the Word than the “world as interpreted by secular sociialists,” (as he put it).