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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Secondhand

Judges 1:1 thru 3:30

Oh when, Oh when does it ever seem like the children of Israel will stop doing evil in the sight of the Lord? Judges 2:19, 3:12

It just seems like we are watching this vicious cycle that never ends, doesn't it?

Have you been wondering why it is taking so long for them to conquer the Promised Land? 

I sure have.

Today we, or should I say I, got my answer to that last question and it makes complete sense.

"...I did this to test Israel- to see whether or not they would follow the ways of the Lord as their ancestors did."  That is why the Lord left those nations in place.  He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all.  Judges 2:22-23 

Sad to say they are not passing the test. 

One reason I feel each generation is falling away is they are living on the experiences the previous generations had with God.  And secondhand religion just won't work. 

If they do not have a true and authentic relationship for themselves, they will not stand for long because they do not possess their own solid foundation.  As we are reading.

See the commands were given from the Lord to their ancestors through Moses and we know that generation served God, loved God and worshiped God.  They were not perfect but they did have a relationship with God. 

When the new generations are not taking the commands and living by them for themselves, they are spiritually becoming like Adoni-bezek, walking around with their thumbs and big toes cut off. Judges 1:6

Without your thumb you cannot grip a weapon.

Without your big toe you cannot stand firm.

Oh the enemy wants to do that same thing to you and me today.   He wants us defenseless and weak. 

But I do love the mercy of our God...

But when the people cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. Judges 3:15

This week we celebrate the day our rescuer saved us.

Seek Jesus for yourself.  Love Jesus for yourself.  And worship Jesus for yourself.

A secondhand relationship with Him could never compare.

Loving my Jesus,

1 comment:

hariette petersen said...

Great post. and the more we seek and love Jesus, the more He spills over into the world around us. The closer we get to Him the more of His life shows in our walk and talk. What glory for our Lord! selahV