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Teachings are coming from the Book of Judges.

Other Gods

Judges 21:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

What controls you? What is it that you seek? Do you seek power, acceptance, wealth, pleasure, ideology, or whatever consumes your mind? We are studying for the Fall the Book of Judges. We will see the parallels that happened in that era of time that applies to us today.

We live in a culture today that no longer looks to the Bible to be the moral compass. We have chosen that answers in life come from Google, Twitter, Instagram, or other Websites. That is the place of what is right in life.

Our heroes come from Marvel or DC comics where heroes do profound feats but fail greatly in moral character and also fail in what they are called to do.

Sounds like the heroes in the Book of Judges. One of my favorite to read about it Gideon. He does amazing things by faith, yet he questions God. He asks for fleeces to prove God’s promises. Then to fail in the end for another mini god of Baal to rise again.

Reading the Book of Judges is challenging me of who do I serve? Do I trust God in every part of my life? Do I hold to his promises? 

We have all asked those questions and at times we look to other gods in our dependence rather than look to Jesus. Let’s not look to what is right in our own eyes. Instead, let’s do what is right in God’s eyes and what is written in his Word.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Wanting to dig deeper in the Book of Judges?

Check out the book for Timothy Keller, Judges for You.

Keller writes, “Judges has only one hero, God. “

Work

2 Thessalonians 3:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

It is Labor Day weekend. The last three day weekend of the summer. It is the last weekend to camp or boat. It is a bitter sweet holiday with the coming of Autumn.

I am always reminded of this weekend and the diligence of work and giving it a 100%. I find work as being a place where I can use the God given talents the Lord has given me. Bear in mind that 50% of our waking hours are devoted to work.

Let’s look at 5 steps to stick with while you are working:

Step 1. Find your passion. Being passionate at what you do is life is essential. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.”

Step 2. Know your ‘WHY’. Why are you doing what you do? Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

Step 3. Write out a plan. Write out a plan about your work then pray about it. James 1:5 says, “If any of you asks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Step 4. Make is a daily habit. Here is the diligent part of your plan. You have to incorporate it into your daily life. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Step 5. Stick with it. Do not let anything or anyone discourage you. Keep the goal in front of you. 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed before many witnesses.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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