90 Day Challenge- Day 17

Posted: February 5, 2014 in 90 day Challenge

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We are on Day 17, how are you doing on your spiritual goals? I am going through my notes for bible lessons and ran across Judges 10: 6-16.  I wanted to share some things with you as I think it goes right along with our 90 day challenge.

First off Judges 10:6-16 says, “Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him. So the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the people of Ammon. From that year they harassed and oppressed the children of Israel for eighteen years—all the children of Israel who wereon the other side of the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, in Gilead. Moreover the people of Ammon crossed over the Jordan to fight against Judah also, against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.

10 And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!”

11 So the Lord said to the children of Israel, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites and from the people of Ammon and from the Philistines? 12 Also the Sidonians and Amalekites and Maonites oppressed you; and you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hand. 13 Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more. 14 “Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.”

15 And the children of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned! Do to us whatever seems best to You; only deliver us this day, we pray.” 16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.”

WOW!! Did you catch all that?  There are 4 things that I caught right off the bat…

  1. We are God’s Voice
  2. Man’s rebellionàGod’s Grace
  3. AccountabilityàDoes it exist?
  4. Turn back from God=God will let go

Sinners are saved by grace.  Sin was not with Adam and Eve when they were walking around the Garden of Eden.  Sin happened after the serpent talked Eve into eating the fruit.  (Of course he used food)  God does NOT let our sin slide.  We have to suffer our consequences with Him.  Have you been sweeping your sins under your rug?  I’m here to tell ya, you can sweep and sweep and those blisters on your hands from sweeping or the pile under the rug are eventually going to be “seen” by the people around you.  No matter how bad you “cover up” your sin, it does not matter that you have “hid” it from your spouse, parent, friend, etc.  You can NOT hide it from God.  And when you sin, just you alone, you and your family around you are suffering.  It is NOT only you who is taking the consequences; your whole household is suffering with you.  God chooses our consequences, not you.  I don’t know about you, but that alone freaks me out.

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Moses NEVER stepped in the Promise Land because of that one moment.  His ANGER!  Earlier in scripture Moses broke the Ten Commandments. (I believe Exodus 32)  Then, 38 years of leading stubborn people through the wilderness, Moses, failed again.  (Numbers 20:8-11) Moses’s anger is what we see here and it was not a reflection of God.  It was human frustration. Do you ever get frustrated with yourself when you have eaten something unhealthy?  Think about that woman’s bumper sticker, “I only have one nerve left, and you are starting to get on it.”  Moses was fed up—and he didn’t care at this point who knew it. The people were complaining about lack of water, AGAIN!  In Exodus 14:6, Moses was told to strike the rock and water would be provided.  This time, however, he was to only speak to the rock.  But Moses was angry and disobeyed.  Moses ended up striking the rock, which ended up leading him into NOT seeing the Promised Land.   Let’s try our best to NOT strike that rock, and give our frustration to the Lord instead.  Then we can feel like we are in the promised land. (Healthy Physically and Spiritually)

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Not everyone is serious about crying out to the Lord.  Verse 10 in Judges says it took the children of Israel 18 years to cry out to the Lord.  But, there is a difference in crying out to the Lord.  I’m Sorry vs. Repentance.  I’m sorry is just telling someone oops I was caught, but you can still not mean it.  You’re just sorry you got caught.  Repentance is telling God you have done wrong and you are ready to take the consequences He has for you.  Verse 15 says to tell God that you will take punishment for your sins to whatever God sees fit.

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What are some gods you need to get rid of?  Is it food, internet, TV, life is just too busy, etc.?  Whatever it is that is keeping you from being in God’s word to help you get healthy and to stay motivated in exercise, give it up!  What is something you can give up for the rest of the week to focus on God?  What is it that you can drop and talk to God about your failures and are ready to stop and take responsibility?  Don’t wait 18 years or more to tell God how sorry you are and that you were wrong.  Stop beating yourself up and letting the enemy get a hold of you by telling you “that bag of chips is ok, It’s only 1 day.”  Get your boxing gloves on and knock out the enemy.  And I mean as you are winding up throw scripture at him and send him on his way.  Put God up high on your “to do” list and shout glorious words that you won’t ever regret.  You will regret saying, eating, or doing something in favor of satan.  But, God you will NEVER regret.

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