When we don’t have God’s truth or a standard to live by then we will do what is right in our own eyes. And it can get pretty bizarre, pretty quickly. The book of Judges has some very weird and horrible things that went on that does not make sense until you read at the end of the book it says “They did what was right in their own eyes.”
Don’t Let your Past Dictate Who You Were Meant To Be! Whether it is something out of your control or something you did that was straight up dumb. Let what God says about you matter. Jephthah had a bad past and people hated him for it. But it didn’t stop him from the calling God had on his life
When God asks us to do things it doesn’t mean everyone agree and that includes our family. It is hard not having your family on board with you let alone doing God’s will. Gideon knew what it felt like to not have his family agree with what the Lord was asking him to do. But he did it any way.
It is so much easier to trust what man says or trust in man over trusting God. It is hard but the Lord still wants us to trust in Him when he says do something. Coming from the story of Deborah and Barak, in the book of Judges.
Our actions say a lot but if people don’t know why we are doing what we are doing then they can be misunderstood. It is important to teach our children and those who God has placed in our lives about who God is and our experiences with the Lord. Joshua and the Israelites in his generation served and worshiped the Lord but after they all died the next generation neither knew God or what he had done for Joshua and his generation. WHAT!!!! We need to be deliberate in teaching the next generation
When we Wholeheartedly Follow God it will pour out in our actions and words. The condition of your heart will reflect in your actions. Caleb was a man that wholeheartedly followed God no matter what and it showed in everything he did. God wants us to have a heart fully devoted to Him. He wants us to give him our whole heart! Where is your heart in regards to the Lord?
In life you will have decisions that can be made and even if you look at it from every angle there are things you don’t know. It is so important we ask God for his advice. He knows what is best and which way we should go. Joshua and the Israelites had a decision that was before them but instead of asking God what they should do they looked at all the evidence and made their own decision which turned out awful in short term and long run.
If God can use a prostitute to spare the lives of two Israelite spies, save herself, save her family and be in the linage of Jesus then God can use anyone to further His kingdom and bring people to know Him. Come from the story of Rahab who hid the two Israeli spies.
The Lord told the Israelites that He had secrets to keep to himself and secrets that he wanted to reveal to them. And the only way to do that is to go on a treasure hunt. It is ingrained in us to go on a hunt. And God has hidden things in his word, in our time with Him, music, and other things that he wants to reveal to us.
It is so fun to go on a treasure hunt with God and to find things he has hidden for us.
Fear is so powerful. It can over take us. When we see the enemy coming at us that is bigger, stronger, and we are out number it is easy to get swept up in fear. But God told the Israelites that do not fear when you go into Battle I am with you. And that is still true today. When God is with you, you have nothing to fear