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No Faith, No Victory—Then Time Runs Out

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
August 27, 2016

daily-devotions    Prior generations of believers in the United States knew God’s Word much better than the present one. Because they practiced daily devotions sometimes reading a chapter or two a day until they read through the entire Bible in a year, they took personal responsibility for knowing God’s Word, as well as His will.  Today, too many Christians depend upon pastors and television preachers to teach them just enough of “necessary” Bible verses to get them extraordinary prosperity, or miraculous healing.

Such “religious” Christians are like the generation that followed Moses and Joshua.  The Book of Judges in wholesale Christian Bibles illustrates that those who came after these leaders had very little faith in God, and in fact, they never resorted to serious prayer until they were overcome or “enslaved” by an enemy nation.

Their prayers of urgency eventually persuaded God to send a new ruler-judge who would lead the battle and set them free.  But when that judge expired or the urgency had passed, the nation easily slipped back into sinful carelessness until they were captured by a new enemy. Then the process of temporary prayer and repentance would start all over again.

Eventually the Holy Spirit-inspired writer of The Book of Judges gave a cogent reason for such lack of consistent faith and victory:  “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Judges 17: 6  and 21: 25.  Because they could see no visible human leader and because they had very little faith in The Invisible Eternal God, the people in the Book of Judges lived to please themselves.  They gave little heed to God’s laws set forth by Moses in his five Books, or to Joshua’s admonitions in his following Book.

And in their shallow faith and stubbornness, it is doubtful that they more than seldom went to temple to hear That Word from the heart of God.  Even when at the temple, they probably went through the sacrifices for what they could get, not for what they could give.  Being faithful followers of God’s laws was not important to them. Such unbelief so stepped over the lines that God drew for their survival, that eventually by the time of the last Judge in The Book of First Samuel, they rejected Him as king altogether, and demanded to have a human king “like all the other nations around them.”  In short, they wanted to live the world’s way, not God’s way.

Today, the United States is on the precipice of utter destruction, one where only a sincere return to US-Destructionindividual and institutional prayerful intercession can pull the nation back.  Obviously, the continuous multi-destructive floods and fires in this year alone clearly show that God’s heavy hand of judgment is already falling on this nation.  Moreover, in today’s world of mass-destruction, where so many enemies want to over-run and destroy the U.S., it is extremely doubtful that the nation will be on a see-saw of weakness and restoration, as was the case in the Book of Judges.

Only the mercies of God can stop such judgment, and only sincere prayers of repentance from The Full Body of Christ in this nation—both those who know they have grievously disobeyed God and His Word, as well as those self-righteous ones who assume they are rich in deeds and wealth as in The Book of Revelation will work:  “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and thatthe shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3: 14 – 19).”

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