The prince of this world is coming. Does he have anything in you?
If so, then it is time for a secession.
It is time to break ties with anything that looks, tastes, feels, or sounds like the world. It is time to break off all alliances and end all compromises. It is time for us to become crucified to the world and for the world to be crucified to us.
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14
We have held on long enough to people, possessions, relationships, reputations, hurts, fears, etc. You cannot drag these things into the Kingdom of God. Yet at the same time, these things will keep you back from the Kingdom.
There are people lying to you, telling you that the Kingdom of God is all about building up some earthly dominion in this world. They call it "Kingdom Business" as they focus on making money, acquiring possessions, expanding professional networks, and becoming a person of renown. There is nothing wrong with having possessions, just don't let them start to possess you.
Haven't you heard that the Kingdom of God is not of this world; it is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17)?
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 18:36
secede: to withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political, religious, or other organization.You are trying to enter eternity by investing in that which is temporal (Luke 12:16-21). This will never work. You have to decide which is more important: the things of this life or the things of God. Don't you know that the two are at odds with one another? We must either fish or cut bait because the time is coming where - if we do not decide - Jesus will decide for us.
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Revelation 3:15-19
We are fast approaching the time where mere religion is not going to make it; in fact, it is going to fail you miserably at the most inopportune time. Why? Because you won't have the strength or desire to keep pretending that you are what you aren't.
Consider this excerpt from The Organic Gospel:
The Church - God’s ekklesia - is a group of “called out” ones who have been set apart by God for His purposes. He desires to mold us into His image so that He can fill us with the eternal power of the Holy Ghost as living witnesses of Him. There is no other way to be reconciled to God except to be sanctified unto holiness (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Brothers and sisters, we must come out from amongst them. We must separate from the Devil’s vexations which are sent to stop the formation of Jesus Christ within us. Only when the word of God is sown in our spirit and the nature of Christ is grown out into the soul do we become living witnesses as He manifests through our physical bodies. That transformation in itself testifies to the world that God is not dead, but alive!Mark 14:51-52).
Want to succeed? You must secede. You must die to the life which is tied to this world. Let the light of God's word as directed by His Holy Spirit shine on all that is not pleasing to Him and then break ties with whatever that is.