During the time Judges the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s site again and again, they forgot God rescued them from Egypt. So God raised the Judges. God was with the Judges and rescued the people from their enemies while that Judge was a live, BUT when the judge died the people returned to their corrupt ways behaving even worse than before. They worshiped other gods. They refused to give up their own evil practices.
So God had compassion for the Israelites when they where being defeated by their enemies. In this way (because of compassion) the Judges came. Then God also burned with anger so he left the enemies in the land to test the Israelites.
God’s character NEVER changes just like back in the day of Judges, God has mercy on us all and loves us. If we cry out to the Lord He will save us from our enemies. We must humble ourselves before God, repent and be forgiven.
In many ways today Christians have forgotten our first love. Just like in the time of Judges we have forgotten that God has saved us. We do this when we forget to judge rightly. More often than not we don’t want to seem judgmental so we just don’t say anything at all. When en-fact Jesus tells us how to judge. “Oh you are just being judgmental take the log our of your own eye first.” Yes this is true but read the rest of Matthew 7. When we are confronted we put up our dukes and start to defend ourselves. When what we should be doing is search our hearts to see if what has been said is true.
We are supposed to judge everything according to God’s word! While we have contact with this world, we are commanded to be set apart from it. We are to avoid doing what the world does. That was the problem with God’s people back then and still is the problem today. You SAY you are saved by GRACE but you ACT like the WORLD. When you do this people do not recognize you has a child of God.
What do I see all around me?
Unforgiving Christians is the first thing I see. I know that people are upset with me and I understand it, but instead of coming to talk with me they ignore or gossip about me. I know this because I have been told. I stand behind someone in the store and they look and see it is me then “pretend” they do not see me. I say “hi” then they say, “Oh I did not see you there.” ???? Makes me wonder.
Or I see that Christians care more about indulging themselves in “Christian” like things. Concerts, music, books, aroma therapies, yoga etc…. They think it’s ok because they bought it at a Christian book store or the person sings about Jesus so it’s ok. When they NEVER look up to see what that famous person is really saying or doing when they are not performing. I see Christian’s defending their churches because it’s their church! Just because it says church does not mean it’s good. We are the church. Our bodies, minds, and hearts! So keep them holy.
I hear people cussing and using the Lord’s name in vain.
Christian’s stay in churches with female leadership, when God forbids it.
Christians are going to see pagan movies like “The Shack”, “Beauty and the Beast”, or even “Cold Case for Christianity,” which is a good book, but did not care enough to look and see that Purflix is part of the NAR. Or for that matter Christians do not know about false churches or movements such as NAR, Emergent, New Age, Seeker etc….
I see Christians on the social justice ban wagon. They have taken a few verses to justify their believes. They condone homosexuality and dismiss Israel.
Finally I see Christians consuming ungodly things in general. I have never been to Walt Disney World and never will. Did you know God forbids us to practice magic? Or listen to pagan music, watch pagan TV shows. Listen to pagan radio stations.
Remember how I said in the book of Judges every time a judge died they sinned even worse than before. Judges 19:22-30 While they were enjoying themselves, a crowd of troublemakers from the town surrounded the house. They began beating at the door and shouting to the old man, “Bring out the man who is staying with you so we can have sex with him.”
The old man stepped outside to talk to them. “No, my brother, don’t do such an evil thing. For this man is a guest in my house, and such a thing would be shameful. Here, take my virgin daughter and this man’s concubine. I will bring them out to you, and you can abuse them and do what ever you like. But don’t do such a shameful thing to this man.”
But they wouldn’t listen to him. So the Livite took hold of his concubine and pushed her out the door. The men of the town abused her all night, taking turns raping her until morning. Finally, at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the women returned to the house where her husband was staying. She collapsed a the door of the house and lay their until it was light.
While you are enjoying yourself you may find yourself in a sinful situation. Satan will enter into your home, your mind, and then your heart. Satan knows how to distract you, he knows your weaknesses. So be on guard! Fight the good fight! Be a watchmen on the wall! Jesus will return!