And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve... Joshua 24:15
Question for today: What spirit are you keeping company with?
As Christian, we know that there are only two spirits: the Holy Spirit, and demonic spirits. With that being the case, the above question is one to ask yourself. Before answering this question, take some time to evaluate your behavior and/or attitude on a daily basis. Are they in alignment with the Word of God and what He has commanded you to do, or are they in alignment with your way of thinking and how your flesh wants to respond? Hmmm
In Joshua 24, Joshua gathered the tribes of Israel to remind them of the many things that God had done for them and their fathers in bringing them out of Egypt. How God provided for them, protected them, fought for them, and continue to bless them inspite of them their murmuring and complaining, and their serving of other gods. Joshua was trying to renew Israel's covenant with God by showing them God's faithfulness to them during times when they were unfaithful. In vs. 14, he tells them, "Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD." Isn't it funny how we can forget what God has done for us as soon as He has brought us out of a situation and we think that everything is back to normal? When we are in need, we cry out to Him, and beg Him to help us.We are even faithful to studying His Word, praying, and going to church (if only for a moment). But as soon as we feel that we are back in control of the situation, we convert back to our old ways. Aren't you glad that we serve a God who is faithful all the time? A God who is the same today, yesterday, and forever. A God who cannot lie. I know I am.
It is very important that we not take God for granted; that we not look upon His blessings as something He is suppose to do for us. He is only entitle to do for those who are obedient to His Word: those who follow Him and serve Him in sincerity and truth. The grace and mercy that He extends to all of us-saved and unsaved, is through His goodness and unconditional love for His creation. We should never get to the point where we feel God owes us something. Honestly, God has done everything He is going to do for us. He gave us His son Jesus who took away all our sins. Whether we continue on in our sin is a personal choice. Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection rconciled us back to God. We have an opportunity to have a relationship with God whether we choose to or not. All we have to do is walk in obedience to God's Word, and then accept the benefits.
What will you do? Whom will you serve?
...But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15