IS THE PAST PROCLAIMING OUR FUTURE?

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1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

(From an address delivered by Dr. Jess C. Moody when he was Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, Florida).

 

Most students of history use Gibbon’s THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE to strike a parallel of the Roman world and present-day America.

The nation that ignores the movement of history does so in peril of its life. It is my purpose to appeal for mankind to do that which, at present, he least wants to do: look to the past for a clue to the future.

Evidence that man does not desire an honest look into the past is very simple to find. Comedians make fun of “dinosaur minds” that look back.  Politicians who stand to lose position if an examination of history’s grim lessons are revealed, deride such a quest as returning to horse and buggy philosophies. The masses subconsciously resent it due to a fear of being called back to austerity when their commitment is to materialism.

 

Couple this resistance to history’s warnings with the fact that man now possesses atomic power, and the result is chaos. Man has never heeded the signs of decay in all of the records of the birth, life, and death of nations. If he makes the mistake just one more time, he will become extinct. There is nothing more important than that man understand the stake he has in a serious reappraisal of his course.

 

 

There are several reasons the Roman Empire fell. Nation after nation has fallen for these or lesser causes. The Christian of tomorrow must be aware of these seeds of defeat.

 

 

  1. THE DECLINE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE’ BEGAN DURING A PERIOD OF PROSPERITY AND PLENTY.

“If,” wrote Gibbon in his DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, “a man were called upon to fix the period in the history of the world when the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would…name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.” This immediately preceded the decline.

 

 

  1. THE PEOPLE BECAME APATHETIC TO APPEALS FOR CORRECTION.

Voices of concern and prophecy were silenced by assurances that conditions were conducive to still greater economic success than had been attained. There was extreme impatience with calls to conservatism.

 

 

  1. THE CITIES (STATES) SPENT THEMSELVES HOPELESSLY IN DEBT.

Massive public works programs were undertaken, chiefly born out of political rivalry and governmental corruption.

 

 

  1. RELIGION AND THE STATE WERE MERGED INTO ONE.

Public tax money was used to support religious worship. Temples of worship were built and maintained by tax monies.

 

 

  1. THE WEALTHY WERE HEAVILY TAXED TO CARE FOR THE POOR.

The taxation cut so far into the profits of the wealthy that indifference to creating more wealth became quite common. As a result, cities lost their means of support and became bankrupt. They were in turn taken over by the national government.

 

 

  1. THE PEOPLE WERE INDIFFERENT TO THE NATIONAL TAKEOVER.

From the time of Hadrian the people seemed not to care about local government. They were willing to allow the govern­ment to care for the problems of the cities and their own problems as well.

 

 

  1. THERE WAS A STARTLING RISE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

As W. G. Hardy, in his THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLD, says, “each bureau expanded its field and new bureaus were constantly being created. By the time of Antonius Pius, who ruled from 138 to 161 A.D., the Roman Bureaucracy was as all embracing as that of modern times. Naturally, too, as benevolent paternalism and bureaucracy took over, personal freedom tended to disappear.”

 

 

  1. PUBLIC OFFICIALS WERE SO VILIFIED THAT COMPULSION HAD TO BE USED TO FILL VACANCIES.

So much public hatred was generated by the economic failures of the cities, that municipal leaders received the blame for the bankruptcies.

 

 

  1. INCOME TAX EVASION BECAME ALMOST UNIVERSALLY PRACTICED.

Thousands of gov­ernment workers were employed to spy out examples of dishonest reporting.

 

 

  1. STRIKES INCREASED IN NUMBER AND INTENSITY.

The government was required to employ still more personnel to stop attempted strikes.

 

  1. THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT BEGAN A PROGRAM TO ELIMINATE POVERTY.

“By the time of Marcus Aurelius, there was a daily distribution of pork, oil, and bread to the proletariat.” (A social class of Roman citizens owning little or no property).

 

  1. EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF ROMAN MONEY WERE SPENT OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY FOR LUXURIES. Seneca referred to the extreme imbalance of foreign trade during the time of Nero.

 

  1. OVERSPENDING BECAME GOVERNMENT POLICY.

Marcus Aurelius led such over­spending as to lead the country to the brink of depression.

 

  1. MONEY WAS DEPRECIATED AND CREEPING INFLATION CREPT IN.

“In the reign of Augustus it (the Roman denarius) was worth twenty cents. By the time of Diocletian it was stabilized at about two cents. (Hardy)

 

  1. THE MASSES DEMANDED MORE AND MORE SPECTACLES OF BRUTALITY.

The throngs at the amphitheatre and the circus maximums demanded ever increasing brutality, of man to man—very much like modern television and the movies.

 

  1. THE COST OF LIVING CONTINUED TO RISE.

Ham cost 20 cents a pound; butter cost 16; and eggs were 9 cents a dozen. This was excessive back then and only the rich could afford these items.”Unskilled labor was paid 18 cents a day and bricklayers 36 cents.” Wages were insufficient.

 

  1. THERE WAS GOVERNMENT REGIMENTATION OF BUSINESS.

Strict government control of farmers, labor, artisans, traders and merchants became permanent policy.

 

 

These are facts concerning a civilization the glory of which died sixteen hundred years ago. Can this be happening in America? Yes, it is already happening but the question should be can this decline be turned around? Yes, but it will take a church on fire with God’s love and passion for truth to stand up, speak up, and demonstrate the power of God’s Kingdom in order to awaken the courage of every American and proclaim the saving Gospel to them.

The preacher and the people have much to do with the outcome.

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MAY GOD HELP AMERICA

God Help America

 

Another tragic act of violence took place just outside our nation’s capitol by a political zealot at a Congressional baseball practice. We are living in a world where fallen men through the influence of evil and dark forces commit these senseless acts. Our nation needs the help of God. America, as a whole, needs to turn back to God from its spiritual decline. Through the prophet Isaiah, we get a look at a nation that has gone aside from God’s purposes for them.  The Bible tells us that, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

 

When a nation departs from righteousness, their disobedience opens the door for evil and darkness to prevail like it did in Isaiah’s day concerning Judah and Israel (Isaiah chapters 1-12)  If the leaders of a nation aren’t righteous they become like a diseased river with bad water in them and will only make the land more barren (2 Kings 2:19-22). When a people or a nation’s heart departs from seeking the Lord and His ways, moral ruin and chaos is inevitable. God’s purpose for the nations is for all men who dwell on the face of the earth to seek the Lord (Acts 16:26, 27).

 

Israel was a covenant nation started by God and entrusted with many things (Romans 9:4) they were to take to the nations. Everything that applied to them doesn’t apply to every nation but things were written about them for our warning and admonition. There are moral laws and principles, like sowing and reaping, which do apply to all nations.

 

Look at some of the nation’s problems due to their disobedience:

1:7 Cities burned with fire.

1:7 Land overthrown with strangers/foreigners.

1:11 Religious services in vain‑‑a “going through the motions.”

1:15 Prayers not being answered.

2:6 Life being lived without God.

3:1 Shortage of food and basic provision.

3:4 Shortage of mighty men to provide spiritual, political, social leadership.

3:5 Great social oppression.

3:5 Arrogant youth with no respect for the older or authority.

3:12 Women taking the lead because those who should have been able to lead were not equipped to do so (Isaiah 51:18, 20).

 

            In Isaiah 5 the prophet Isaiah describes Israel as His vineyard that He planted to bring forth grapes but instead it brought forth wild grapes. He then gives six “woes” and names the sins that brought judgment on the land. A woe is “a wailing or lamentation.”  It can be a “woe of grief, sorrow or of threatening.”

 

  1. Isaiah 5:8‑‑First Woe: MATERIALISM

Never contented with basic necessities; continual desire for more; people motivated by temporal gain; ultimate goal in life was to live alone in the earth.  Live a life of indulging oneself and just “leave me alone.”  It shows their selfishness of wanting to escape the burdens/cares of others and to be far away from the demands and realities of life.

 

  1. Isaiah 5:11‑‑Second Woe: LOVERS OF PLEASURES

They were a pleasure‑seeking society.  They had no time to seek God.  Lived only to please themselves for the here and now.  This same pursuit of pleasure drains the modern‑day church.  They have time for playing,

movies, sports, recreation, videos, vacations and exercise but no time to pray, study, attend church or work

for God.

 

 

  1. Isaiah 5:18‑‑Third Woe: OPEN REBELLION

They don’t even attempt to hide their sin.  They have no sense of shame.  Like in Jeremiah’s day, sin became so openly practiced and tolerated, the society grew accustomed to the darkness and there were no more  red faces, no more blushing (Jeremiah 2:26; 6:15; 8:12).

 

  1. Isaiah 5:20‑‑Fourth Woe: DISTORTED VALUES

Their repeated disobedience has caused their sense of right/wrong to be twisted.  We have save:  the whale, ozone, ice at the poles and other environmental issues; but what about unborn babies? We substitute mob rule for the rule of law, big government for self government, and debt for real wealth.

 

  1. Isaiah 5:21‑‑Fifth Woe: PRIDE AND ARROGANCE

Unable to see their condition, their pride says, “We have answers for everything.  Let’s just return to that

American pioneering spirit of ingenuity/creativity that made us great. We know what is best for everyone; the people aren’t smart enough to decide for themselves.”

 

 

  1. Isaiah 5:23‑‑Sixth Woe: PERVERTED JUSTICE

This is a characteristic of a society that’s forsaken God.  Greed, corruption, personal gain becomes an accepted way of life.  Laws become framed that take away the rights of the innocent and victim.  Their thought is, “Whatever is legal is moral”, but whatever is legal is NOT moral.

 

I think there could be a warning in all this for America. I also believe that there is nothing that is wrong in America that getting right with God couldn’t fix.  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land 2 Chronicles 7:14.”

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EXPERIENCE IT ALL WHILE PROVING IT ALL

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1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 

Every Believer following Jesus’ plan for their life should desire to experience all that is in the Word of God. We are living in a time of harvest where God is confirming His Word with signs and wonders.  With the manifestations of the Spirit, there can sometimes be a mixture of flesh and an over spiritualization of things.    We need to experience all that God has for us in the realm of the supernatural, but we also need to examine to see if it’s all in the Word. We must keep in mind that we are also living in a time of deception so we must prove all things and hold fast to what is good as defined by the Word of God. We are  to test everything.

 

Notice the Word of God presents a balance in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 -22, with “Quench not the Spirit, Despise not prophesying,” with, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” That is spelling out two balancing thoughts:

 

  1. Everything that goes on in the manifestations of the Spirit, in meetings, and revival isn’t from God. Some people are not as concerned about what is Biblical as they are with receiving more of what’s happening. We should be more concerned to see if what’s happening is in the Word.

 

  1. It is also true that when God reveals truth new to us or recovers some truth, there is usually a tendency to reject it. (Not new to the Scriptures but only to those experiencing it). This rejection can be because of the discomfort with things not birthed by those we’re familiar with; or because we’ve never heard it; or because it may demand something of us we’re not ready to give.

 

There are three ways we can PROVE ALL THINGS

 

  1. Prove it by the teaching of the WORD OF GOD (sound doctrine).

The Word of God is the basis for all teachings, manifestations, and moving of the Spirit and it is a discerner (Hebrews 4:12). The Word is all we need to thoroughly prepare us (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We don’t establish doctrine by our experience; we establish our experiences by doctrine. The Word is the final authority to all our beliefs, practices, and experiences. The Word and the Spirit are one (1 John 5:7). We do not prove or test by our preferences, personalities, emotions, opinions, traditions, likes, or dislikes but the Word. The Word is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true (Psalm 19:7-10). We shouldn’t experience less than what’s in the Book, but what we experience should be in the Book.

  1. Prove all things by FRUIT.

Fruit is that which is produced; that which can be seen or comes out visibly. People touched by God’s Spirit should be changed and the change made visible. The change and fruit that occurs should remain beyond the service or meeting with the special minister and supernatural manifestation John 15:16. What we experience should not create pride, rebellion to authority, or dishonor towards those we should honor. Jesus also said in Matthew 7:16 that we would know false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing by their fruits.

 

  1. Prove all things by FOCUS

If you discern a shift in the person’s focus that’s bad, then caution should be taken before you buy into it that what they experienced was from God and it could be dangerous. The experience may also be legitimate but it should not create a wrong focus.  Remember the disciple’s experience of the Transfiguration where they saw Jesus, Moses, and Elijah transfigured before them. It was a supernatural experience and it was a good a experience, but their shift in focus wasn’t. We can become so absorbed in our experience we miss the purpose of God giving us the experience. In the Old Testament the Prophet Isaiah had an awesome experience (Isaiah 6:1-10) but it was followed by the right focus. In response to his overhearing the Heavenly conversation saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us,” he appropriately responds, “Here am I, send me.”

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BELIEVE NOT EVERY SPIRIT

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1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, BELIEVE NOT every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

In John’s day there were many people and false prophets that he called “antichrists” (against Christ, opposing Christ, in place of Christ) whose speaking was inspired from another spirit, the spirit of error. Just because these antichrists had a following, had people hearing them, listening to them, did not make them of God or their teachings valid. Their words and teachings needed tested. They were being exhorted by the Apostle to stop believing every spirit, every teaching said to be of the Spirit of God, or every so called inspired utterance. They were being cautioned about being gullible and to not believe or put their trust in every inspired speaker. They needed to be tested for what spirit they were of, by their belief in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, or that Jesus had come in the flesh, and that Jesus is God’s Son.  These believers were of God and had overcome these false teachers, prophets, antichrist’s by the Greater One in them, the Holy Spirit. They had the unction from the Holy One or anointing of the Spirit in them to help them know who was teaching them the truth (1 John 2:20, 27).

 

Keep in mind that they didn’t have the completed NT to test what was taught but their teaching was the Apostles teaching or doctrine (Acts 2:42). The people that were of God, that know God, listen to the Apostles, and are listening to the Spirit of truth. People, who were not of God, were of the world, and they listen to the antichrists, and the spirit of error.

 

Today, many people and speakers claim to be speaking for God, or claim God told them to say what they’ve said. They are claiming their words or message is inspired from God. We also are to try the spirits or the inspiration behind every so called inspired utterance. In 1 John 4:1 the word “try” means to test, examine, discern, scrutinize, or prove. This is not about being cynical or skeptical but being DISCERNING. We are to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21) as well as to not be tossed by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). We are told in 1 Corinthians 2:15 that, “He that is spiritual, judges (discerns, examines, scrutinizes) all things….” We should not automatically believe every inspired speaker or person professing to be inspired by the Spirit as being from God. We should test or prove it by their acknowledgement of Jesus Christ but also by the Word of God. We should receive the Word with all readiness of mind (eagerness and willingness to engage), but also search the Scriptures daily and diligently to see if it is so according to the Word of God (Acts 17:11).

 

No matter who is speaking an inspired message to us we must realize that all thoughts, beliefs, opinions, philosophies, and doctrines originate from only one of two sources: the spirit of truth or the spirit of error. The one basic source for testing is the Word of God. All lies from demons or men in thought, beliefs, theories, or doctrines (teachings) in some way:

 

  1. WEAKEN the absolute authority of Scripture.
  2. DISTORT (twist) the teachings of Scripture.
  3. ADD TO the teachings of Scripture the thoughts, ideas, wisdom, philosophies, and traditions of men.
  4. PUT ASIDE the teachings of Scripture entirely.

 

Jesus warned us about deception being on the rise in the Last Days and we are going to need to be more discerning than ever before as evil men and seducers become worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Thank God we have the number one remedy to all deception which is the Word of God.  It is the only “ALL THE TIME” accurate discerner of deception (Hebrews 4:12). We also have the same Holy Spirit in us, the Greater One, and the Spirit of Truth, to lead us and guide us into all truth. The Spirit and the Word agree.

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GIFTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

GIFTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

Living life with a sense of significance is available to every Christian.  The moment we discover the grace given to us in Christ is the moment meaning and importance is can be added to us.  Every Christian has gifts of grace given to them for a significant role in god’s purposes on Earth. Romans 12:6 says, “Having gifts differing according to the grace given unto us…” and then lists various gifts in verses 6-8 (prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, administering (ruling), showing mercy). We have been gifted to make a difference in this fallen world in our generation. We all have grace we share in common with other believers but then we all have grace that makes us differ. This grace gifting is what moves us and motivates us to see certain needs and a desire to meet it. We aren’t all gifted in the same way but we are all gifted in some way.

 

Even though the seasons of our life change with regard to our work, livelihood, and family we still have significance because these gifts do not change. They do not go into retirement, they do not age, they are not subject to recall, and are without repentance (Romans 11:29). God will not change His mind about what He put in us and planned for their use. God has vested and deposited gifts of grace as evidence of our significant role in His plans.

 

We all must realize:

  1. We are gifted.
  2. We did not choose our gifts, God did.
  3. They are Heaven’s deposit of grace.
  4. These gifts are not for us but for us to help others.
  5. There is no hierarchy in the gifts (IE. big gifts, small gifts) because any gift that serves others is not small.
  6. We are to be a good steward of what we’ve been given.
  7. There will be equal rewards for equal faithfulness no matter what the gifts are.
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THIS GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND

THIS GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND

 

 

Romans 5:1, 2

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

 

            Every Christian, those justified by faith and at peace with God have a standing in the grace of God. Our firm, fixed, well established position in grace gives us legal rights and access to things unbelievers do not have. In legal terms in a court of law, only those who have a direct stake in a case or situation have a right to go to the courts for redress, to sue, to have a claim to damages, to be able to have their rights defended. You must have legal standing to be able to even appear before the court or to plead your case.

 

Spiritually, because of Jesus, we have a legal standing and are firmly established in grace with the right to come before the throne of grace, the highest court in the Universe. Our standing in grace gives us access to spiritual things (things natural eyes cannot see 1 Cor. 2:9,10) that others do not have to remedy life’s challenges and problems.

 

Our standing in grace gives us access to:

  1. MERCY AND HELP IN TIME OF NEED

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

  1. ENABLING POWER TO DO WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO DO

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

  1. STRENGTH IN TIMES OF WEAKNESS

 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

  1. WISDOM THAT IS SMARTER THAN ANYTHING THE DEVIL CAN THROW AT US

 1 Corinthians 2:6-8   Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

 

  1. PROMISES THAT GIVE US HOPE BEYOND THE NATURAL

Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

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THE DANGER OF COMPROMISE

 

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We are living in the Last Days which we have been warned about would be days full of deception (Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:5; Luke 21:8; 2 Timothy 3:1, 13; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 20:3, 7, 8). Our freedom and protection in these times will be truth (John 8:32; Ephesians 6:14) therefore our highest loyalty must be to truth, the truth of God’s Word. Second Corinthians 13:8 says, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” When Christians do not give their highest allegiance or loyalty to truth they will easily fall prey to deception which leads to compromise. Compromise is always an adjustment to the standard of truth and an adapting down from the standard of truth to something less.

 

Christians sometimes lose sight of the big picture of the spiritual battle between good and evil as well as their adversary the devil (1 Peter 5:8). An adversary is an opponent and a combatant. We must realize that he is seeking whom he may devour and is against every child of God every day. He opposes God’s purpose and plan for our lives and aside from direct attacks and temptations he will also use deception to hinder us. A great example of this can be seen in Joshua 9 in the story of the Gibeonites (also known as the Hivites) who were enemies in the land of Canaan. When they heard what Joshua had done at Jericho and at Ai, two cities they conquered, the Gibeonites realized they could not overpower Joshua and the people of God. They changed their tactics from open opposition to deception, trickery, and guile. Joshua 9:4 says, “They did work wilily…. (trickery; guile; subtilty; craftiness; deception).” They made themselves appear as though they were from a far country and not people of the land to deceive Joshua into compromising. Joshua was deceived by appearances and adapted down God’s Word that commanded them to destroy the inhabitants of the land. Joshua and the children of Israel were ready for the warfare but not for the wiles of their enemy. They were deceived and then compromised.

 

If the enemy cannot stop you through warfare he will resort to wiles (deception) to get you to compromise which will hinder your advancement in God’s plan. The devil manipulates the mind and thoughts of a compromising Christian. We must not be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11 devices – thoughts; translated “thought” in 2 Corinthians 10:5 … bringing into captivity every thought…).

 

There are some common things that seem to be a part of compromise among Christians.

 

  1. The danger doesn’t seem great.
  2. The cost of obedience seems too high and demanding.
  3. There is a source of personal benefit.
  4. There is an entry point into a wrong relationship/relating, activity, or involvement.
  5. There is a failure to deal firmly and definitively with the initial offer to compromise.
  6. There is a toleration of certain things they formerly did not tolerate.
  7. The self life (an unyielded will to Jesus’ Lordship) is usually the basis or breeding ground.
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