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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Tue, 11/20/2012

Judges 2:20-3:11

Lessons From The Lives Of The Judges Of Israel

In their sins is where Israel was, but that is not where God would leave them. Charles Spurgeon used to say, “God never allows His people to sin successfully.” That is, you might do it, but you won’t get away with it forever! There is always a price to pay for disobedience and rebellion against God.

The Focus Of God’s Wrath – The word “anger” refers to “a flaring of the nostrils”. It is the image of face filled with wrath. The word “hot” means “to be furious”. God was not angry with the Canaanites. Oh, He hated their sin, but they were lost people. They did not have His Law. They had not been redeemed and separated and commanded to be different. No, God was angry, but His anger was directed at His people. They were about to be punished for their sins against God.

If you are saved and you choose to walk away from the Lord, you might as well know that there will be a price to pay. God will bring His chastisement into your life, Rev. 3:19; Heb. 12:6-12. God does this, not to hurt us, but to help us to get back to where we are supposed to be, (1 Cor. 11:32.)

The Fierceness Of God’s Wrath – We are told that God “sold” Israel into the hands of a pagan king. It has the idea of “giving up, or giving over into one’s control or power.” In other words, Israel gave themselves to paganism and God punished them by giving what they wanted. They did not want to follow His ruled in their lives, so He allowed them to be ruled by a harsh, pagan king. The name of this king is “Chushan-rishathaim”. This name means “Doubly Wicked Cushan”, literally “Doubly wicked and black”. All this means is that Israel reaped what they had sowed. They wanted paganism. They wanted their sin, they wanted their false gods; and God gave them everything they asked for and more.

The same danger faces people today. There are people here today who are not as close to the Lord as they once were. You are not attending church like you used to. You are not as committed as you used to be. You are no longer faithful to the Lord like you once were. You just don’t serve Him like you used to. Other things have taken His place in your life. Other gods if you will. Little things like your pleasure, your desires, your toys; you know what I am talking about.

Well. Don’t be surprised when you reap what you have sowed. Those things that are so important to you can become tyrants in your life. They can become “doubly wicked and black” to you. You might reap your harvest in the lives of your children, when they walk away from the Lord. You might reap your harvest in God selling you to the things you run after. But, you will reap your harvest!

The fact is, Spurgeon was right. “God never allows His people to sin successfully!” you will reap what you sow, (Gal. 6:7-8). If you fear the crop you might reap, the time to change is now, before any more damage is done! Come home today!

The Fullness Of God’s Wrath – God sold them into slavery and left them there for “eight years”. He allowed them to experience the full measure of what their sin cost them. When they dwelt among the Canaanites, married their sons and daughters and bowed down to their gods, they never thought it would come to this, but it did! They paid a terrible price for their folly!

What kind of price will you pay for your sin? When you are sold under your sins, you lack the power to free yourself. You lack the power to help others around you. You lack the power to pray as you should. You lack the power to read and understand the Word of God as you could. You lack the power to be who God saved you to be. Someone said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go; keep you longer than you want to stay; and cost you more than you want to pay.” That’s the truth, and if I were you, I would listen to what the Lord is saying to you today!

“On Bended Knee” By: Robert Gay (1988)

Verse 1
On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;

Bowing down before Your holy throne.

Lifting holy hands to You, As I pledge my love a - new, -

I worship You in spir - it, - I worship you in truth;

Make my life a holy praise unto You.

Verse 2

On bended knee I come, With a humble heart I come;

Bowing down before Your holy throne.

As I look upon Your face. Show Your mercy and Your grace.

Change my life, O Holy Spi - rit make me fresh and ever new;

Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.

Make my life a holy sac - ri - fice to You.

Father of Grace, God of Love! We know that now is the accepted time, the day of salvation. Forgive us for making excuses, for taking today for granted. Help us to see the value of NOW rather than later. Help us to overcome intentions by doing what we know to do now. Give us the strength and courage to serve You today. Enable us to take no thought for tomorrow, for sufficient are the challenges of today. Fill our lips with Your Word and our life with Your Work. This we ask and pray in the glorious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!


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    Thank you for an awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. How could we walk away from God knowing we will be punished for our sins. I know you run, but you can't hide from God. I bow down and worship Him and follow his commandments. I have so much to be thankful for and the blessings He gives me. God bless you for teaching us God's word. Happy Thanksgiving Vic. May you and your family have a blessed day.
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  • HAGIN2010
    Good blog and lesson today Vic. Thanks.
    1978 days ago
    I bowed on my knees and cried Holy. How often we turn away from God even in lttle things of life. We need to turn back to Him and repent daily. Thanks Vic for sharing this with us.

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  • DARE2LIVE2011
    God grant us repentance in every area of our lives, let there be nothing we hold back from You! Thanks Vic, sobering but much-needed words today. Blessings to you! emoticon
    1978 days ago
    Who dare walk away from Him? Not those on bended knee with a humble heart. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Vic to you and yours.
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    Asking God to be with me today! Togive me strength!

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