TEARING UP AN ANVIL
I had decided to discontinue doing a blog. The messages I preach only tend to make people angry. I told myself that I could "shake" the dust off and move on. But as I began to study the book of Judges I found that I could not.
As an aside, just lest than a week ago I preached at a place and officiated at a baptismal service where I baptized I believe eleven people. I thank God for this, but until I am relieved I must proclaim the truth where God places me.
Sorry, back to the subject. Talking about angry people. One preacher went on record that he didn't need someone reminding him that he was not perfect. I agree that none of us are not perfect. I don't know this man personally, and maybe he will not fit what I am going to say next. Some are using "The message of the cross" as a license to live in any ungodly way saying Where sin doth abound, Grace does much more abound. So shall we continue in sin? The Apostle Paul said "God forbid". If we understand Grace it is not that we continue in sin, but that we do not let the sin nature have dominion over us.
These teachings are why I titled this blog "Some could wreck an anvil".
Now chapter one of the book of Judges shows us a people being disobeying God in nearly everything they do. These are God's people. A few examples: Verse 19 "could not drive out, V. 21 did not drive out, V. 27 Neither did not drive out, but the Canaanites would dwell in the land, Verse 28 They put the Canaanite to tribute. Now some would think, "that is good,put them to tribute". One preacher said we will do whatever it takes to get them in we will give them a job, and they will stay. I will keep my comments to myself except to say THAT IS STUPID no one has ever morphed into a Christian.
God had commanded that these tribes be destroyed or driven completely out, not invited to stay. I'm not talking about running people off. I am saying the secret sins must be driven out. The flesh must not remain. As i said in the intro, it is not us old-fashioned preachers reminding us that we are flawed, and imperfect. But God said they will be pricks in your eyes and thorns in your side.
Some will not see the connection here and some will be willfully blind.
Canaan is a type of our walk in this christain life, and the enemies are types of our sinful desires. We must drive them all out.
I could show seven instances in Chapter one, (Verse 29, 30, 31, and 33)
Look at the end result in verse 34. And the Amorite forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley. (so much for victory)
If you will read the first five verses of chapter two you will hear the Lord ask "Why have you done this".
Those are my thoughts for now, until next time In His service, Frankie.