Taking a moment in our modern culture, where virtually anything goes, and looking closer at this clip from ancient times, will show significant consequences resulting from “spiritual defection”…
READ JUDGES 2 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We’re privileged to live in the north of England where rain is plentiful. The problem with continual rain, though, is that the trickle effect causes concealed corrosion that can go on for years. Eventually a landscape-altering event happens, where whole mountainsides collapse and roads are swept away.
This imagery can be used to describe what’s going on under the surface to gradually change moral standards, traditional ethics and spirituality. If I were to define “spiritual defection”, it wouldn’t be about a complete departure – i.e. an adherent of one religion defecting to another. Such a landscape-altering change in a person’s life, really only happens as a result of hundreds of minor departures that have trickled in over time.
Today’s chapter shows that, in time, spiritual defection causes God’s people to be spiritually defective. Below the surface, veiled divergence steadily impairs their judgement between right and wrong. In the next generation, “right” becomes a sort of “rule of thumb” rather than something that’s aligned with our original blueprint design – to think, speak and act in the likeness of our Maker.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak directly with your Father God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Just as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so too will You, Sovereign Lord, make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations! [Isaiah 61:11]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: The Republic of Djibouti[b]
Your Country: Social Workers & Family Crisis Teams
Yourself: Needs of personal friends
Your concerns for today
Help me to take heart in my sufferings, Lord, because I know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. This hope won’t put me to shame, because Your love, Father God, has been poured out into my heart through Your Holy Spirit, who’s been given to me. [Romans 5:3-5]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Thank-you Father, that You’ve promised to cleanse me from all my sin that I’ve committed against You, and that You’ll forgive all my sins of rebellion against You. [Jeremiah 33:8]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
As for You, Father God, Your way is perfect. Your word is flawless, Lord, and You shield all who take refuge in You. [Psalm 18:30]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future
Jesus said: “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” [John 7:17]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31