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Judges 2:10-3:31
Mike to answer you question with one word, disobedience. We forget about God because we have failed to take heed of His Words to us. The younger generation fails to remember what God has done for us because we have failed to rehearse in the next generations’ ears all the things that God did for the former generations, and also what he has done for us. Even when we “religiously” go to church, we think that sitting in Sunday school, listening to a message once or twice a week with the family and possibly going to a Bible Study is all we need to do. Yet God said,

Deuteronomy 6 (Amp)
1 NOW THIS is the instruction, the laws, and the precepts which the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land to which you go to possess it,
2 That you may [reverently] fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, and keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be watchful to do them, that it may be well with you and that you may increase exceedingly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord [the only Lord].

5 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

6 And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]

7 You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.

8 And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets (forehead bands) between your eyes.

9 And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 And when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you, with great and goodly cities which you did not build, 11 And houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full, 2 Then beware lest you forget the Lord, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

We have failed to do particularly what the seventh verse tells us, “You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate,”

I like the idea that God will use a temptation to test and train us (Chapter 3), 1 The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. We need to stop thinking that temptations are to strong for us thus giving ourselves excuses for falling down then failing to get back up, when they really may be reasons for our failures, but not excuses. God has provided a way of escape out of every temptation we have just failed to take them. Maybe if we can remember that a temptation is a test, only a test and God has provided an answer to overcome the test if we just look for it we would find ourselves passing more often. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Luke 22:14-34

The Gospel reading reminds me again that today is the first full day of Passover celebrated by the Jews, who God used to give us the Law and the Prophets. I am reminded that Jesus, The Lamb of God, has taken away the sins of the World once and for all, glory to God in the Highest. This reading about communion reminds me of what Passover really represents. It reminds me that are hearts are pure before God because Jesus was and is our Passover Lamb; it reminds me that there is nothing in and of myself that cleanses me from my sin, it is only through the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the World that I have obtained His Righteousness.
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Because I have obtained a better promise, redemption that is not secured yearly but was secured by Jesus’ death on the Cross-, I can shout and sing,

“ 1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to the Most High.
2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening,

and then go on to declare,

: 1 The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world is firmly established;
it cannot be shaken.

Proverbs 14:1-2

This Proverb is sobering,
1 A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.

No one but I can destroy my life. I can blame everyone else by playing the blame game but in truth my destruction is at my own hands because of my own failure to obey the Word of the Lord.

Today's readings seem to have a commen theme.

Grace and peace,

Amen Ramona! I also believe in my adult children's generation we have given our chikdren more and over compensated for what we didn't give or have. So this has enabled our children to walk away from some things or not having to be held " accountable" . I often refer to this as Judges. Because one generation follows the Lord closely, the next turn away and become stubborn and do evil things in the eyes of. God. Then the next generation comes back.
Trust me Im a sinner like everyone else. Max Lucado say "saints all have a past and sinners all have a future! " What Hope God gives us. It doesn't matter where we are at. There is Hope! Don't ever give up!
Blessings to all for a spirit filled day!

Thank you Ramona for bringing up Deuteronomy 6.
Indeed our calling is to disciple our kids this way:
7 You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:7 Amplified Bible)
Much needed reminder!
This is the first time I am reading through the old Testament following this blog -- and one conclusion I have so far: we are a forgetful people, disobedient, inconsistent, unfaithful.
May what we are reading gives us "wake-up call" each day - to diligently love and obey the Lord, diligently teach our children about Him and His Words, and model a Christ-like life for them.
May God help us as we do so!
Luke 22:31-32 Amplified Bible
31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,
32 But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.
There is so much we don't know about spiritual war.
It's a comfort to read that Jesus knew about Satan asking to sift the disciples like grain.
It's a comfort to read that Jesus had prayed especially for Peter, that his faith may not fail -- wow!
Jesus, please continue to pray for each believer in this world, that though we may fail, our faith may not fail, and that when we turn again, we will be able to strengthen and establish our brothers and sisters! In Your Name we pray, amen.


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