July 19, 2018

Judges 2:2 (NLT) — 2 For your part, you were not to make any covenants with the people living in this land; instead, you were to destroy their altars. But you disobeyed my command. Why did you do this?

Why did they disobey God. Because to them people were bigger than God.

Judges 2:10 (NLT) — 10 After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.

We have God’s written to word to help us remember all that he has done for us. Particularly that he called us and delivered us from a life of sin so that we might live for Him.

Judges 2:14 (NLT) — 14 This made the Lord burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them.

Obedience to God is our way of resisting the temptations of the enemy. Disobedience offers no resistance.

Judges 2:15 (NLT) — 15 Every time Israel went out to battle, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated, just as he had warned. And the people were in great distress.

Disobedience is really fighting against the Lord. Who do you think will win that fight?

Judges 2:17 (NLT) — 17 Yet Israel did not listen to the judges but prostituted themselves by worshiping other gods. How quickly they turned away from the path of their ancestors, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands.

It doesn’t take long to get out of the habit of daily reading the word, praying and praising the Lord. It is so easy to get out of the habit of meeting weekly on Sunday to worship with other believers. Miss a few of these things and pretty soon you really have to struggle to get back on track.

Judges 2:19 (NLT) — 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They went after other gods, serving and worshiping them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

Sin never satisfies the soul and so it has to have more and more just like a junkie looking for a fix.Sin never satisfies the soul and so it has to have more and more just like a junkie looking for a fix.

Judges 2:23 (NLT) — 23 That is why the Lord left those nations in place. He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all.

How does the Lord experience our love for him? When there are reasons available for us not to love him. The devil will throw temptations at us and the Lord will use them as a test to see if we will follow the Word and obey him. This is how he knows if we love him and fear him or not.

What is it that you want God to experience from your life?

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