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Many times, Christians do not stop to consider the real reason why bad things are happening to them.  Of course we have an enemy and “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” in our lives, (Ephesians 6:12), however, how many times do we consider that WE might be the cause of our troubles?

Consider the below Passage of Scripture:

5  – and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of (the people of Israel) and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

6  – Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads. 7  – And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan!  – Joshua 7

Joshua, like many of us, did not even think about the possibility that the Israelites were to blame for their defeat in their battle against Ai!  How proud … or how ignorant … and the same goes for us!

Many times we moan and wonder “Where is God in the middle of my trouble? Doesn’t He hear my cries to get me out of this? Doesn’t He care at all?” and yet, many times, we never even dare to think that something is wrong with US.  Perhaps WE are doing something that is causing defeat in our lives or trouble to follow us.

Really?  Are you wondering how this could be true for a New Covenant Believer, since Jesus paid to break the curse off us and to bring us blessings? (ie: Galatians 3:13)

Let’s consider this next Passage:

6  – Now these things took place (to the Israelites) as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7  – Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8  – We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9  – We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10  – nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11  – Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12  – Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  – 1 Corinthians 10

The Old and New Testaments are for our instruction

The Old and New Testaments are for our instruction

Twice Paul states that the Old Testament is written for us to learn from!  The Old Testament stories of the Jews destruction and failings are written to warn us to avoid doing the same thing, lest we too incur judgment, at best, or the Wrath of God, at worst!

Yet too many Christians live their lives any ol’ way they want and expect that God’s blessings should still follow them.  I even hear some quote the Promises of God while fully expecting the Promises to be reality in their lives, and they can’t figure out why in the world the Promises don’t manifest in their lives and why they can’t get a break in life … or a “break-through” as charismatics like to say 😉 .

1 Corinthians 11 teaches:

30  – That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  31  – But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32  – But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

You see, it is actually God’s mercy when we don’t get a break-through, if we are living in consistent sin.  He is trying to get our attention!  He is trying to draw us to our knees, in prayer and in repentance!  And He would like for us to pick up His Word and read it, so that He could actually speak to us and discipline and correct us through His Word!

21  – Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. – James 1

The Word will enlighten us regarding where we are going astray, and the Word has the ability to “save” our souls.  In other words, the Word of God is the power of God to not only enlighten us to see where we are wrong, but it has Godly power to actually change us on the inside.  How else does the Fruit of the Spirit start to grow in us?  It is a wonderful, mysterious thing, that God can actually CHANGE us on the inside just by us reading His Word!

 The Lord spoke to Joshua, but only after Joshua stayed on his face before the Ark of the Covenant until evening! (read Joshua 7).  And the Lord said:

10  – The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? 11  – Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. 12  – Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction.  – Joshua 7

Stay on your face before the Lord, in His Word!  Stay on your face before the Lord, in worship! And stay on your face before the Lord, in prayer UNTIL you HEAR from the Lord about what is going on!  He might say, “Stay in faith, this attack is from the enemy” but He just might say, “Clean up your life in such-and-such an area”.

Of course …

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  – Hebrews 12:11, NIV

God bless you as you seek for answers regarding trials in your life and as you walk towards your heavenly goal, and may God free you from any gripping sin that wants to destroy you.   Amen.

 1  – Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of bodya and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.  – 2 Corinthians 7

 

All Scriptures provided are:
ESV® Text Edition: 2011.

 

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