Set Apart, Set Aside By Brenda Drake

We used to sing a song that stated when we keep our eyes on Jesus the world becomes strangely dim. When we practice the presence of Jesus it is easier and easier to be at our Father’s business.  We may not see ourselves as holy, set apart vessels but that is exactly what we are in our Father’s sight.

Set Apart, Set Aside

Holy and set apart in the world of sin and shame.
The old man is crucified, you are born again.
Set apart to carry on the Father’s will,
Set apart but a part of the world still.
In the world alive to God’s touch,
But subject to the world’s storms adjust.
With God’s strength within and with Scripture as guide;
The one set apart is in God’s realm alive.
A realm of faith and trust with God’s love at rule within;
Set aside to pull aside another to learn of Him.
Ever in the presence of the One they adore,
Much time is spent in praise, prayer, and worship to the Lord.
Making and taking time to their destiny fulfill,
Always conscious and seeking to do their Father’s will.
One day the set-aside is pulled-aside to rule and reign,
At Jesus’ side to in His presence remain.
Holy, holy, holy is the song they sing,
Now, forever One with Christ, Savior, and King of Kings.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

Ephesians 2:6-10
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Dirtied Flower By Brenda Drake

          We may feel like a wall-flower completely out of step with the ways of the world, and mistakenly think we need to fit in more with our surroundings. But I am realizing it is much better for me to be true to myself and hold in esteem the truths I hold dear. I rather be envisioned as different or as a wall- flower in men’s eyes than to be as a dirtied flower in my own and in God’s eyes.

Dirtied Flower

When the flower falls in the mud, its beauty is not seen.
It’s still a flower but it is not held in as great esteem.
When the flower is with many onions placed,
It is still beautiful but its aroma is erased.
For it is overpowered by the strong odor around them.
It isn’t the most desirable place to be in.
A flower-gift is not appreciated and treated with respect,
When placed into the garbage bin with the rubbish.
This flower is still a flower it is recognized as a good thing,
But it doesn’t inspire the heart with joy or cause it to sing.
It is a waste  – a shame to treat its beauty this way My friend;
For it is indeed a gift the Father to the world sends.
The one dedicated will offer its beauty for those that will see,
So even in the waste-place they may be a gift received.
Flower-of-beauty, shine forth your light,
For you are chosen to be to those that seek a delight!

2 Corinthians 6:14-17
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,