Category Archives: Repentance

How To Lose Your Faith In 5 Easy Steps

Psalms 106:34-37 "They didn’t destroy the peoples, As Yahweh commanded them, But mingled themselves with the nations, Learned their works.They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.”

When we read the stories in the Old Testament, one thing that shows up consistently is how quickly Israel would turn away from serving the Lord to serving idols.  How did it happen?

This passage in Psalms 106 gives us the answer.  There was a progression that took place – and it’s the same progression that we must be on our guard against today.

1) They didn’t destroy and drive out the nations from their Promised Land.  When God brought Israel into the land, He commanded them to completely remove the peoples who were there.  The reason for this was that they would ‘be a snare’ to the Israelites.  However, the Israelites didn’t obey God completely and made covenants and agreements of peace with those that remained.

2) They mingled themselves with them.  Rather than continuing to work to bring the nations to an understanding of their God, the Israelites began to ‘mingle’ – hang out with, spend time with these people.

3) They learned their works.  As a result of mingling themselves with the nations, they began to copy the actions and works of these nations.  But the actions these nations were taking were not neutral – they were result of their idolatrous beliefs.  Even though Israel didn’t intend to serve the idols, by copying the works of these nations, it began to open them up to the idolatry that drove them.

4) They served their idols.  The next step after learning the works of the nations was that they began to serve their idols.  Thus they took another step away from wholeheartedly serving God to a place of beginning to serve idols. This became a snare, or a trap to them – the situation foretold by Moses and Joshua.

5) They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.  Here they reach full-blown idolatry, and the peak of complete madness. 

All of this began because Israel didn’t take steps at the start to ‘drive out’ that which opposed God in their midst. 

The same lesson applies to us as Christians.  If we don’t deal firmly and strongly with the beginnings of worldliness in our hearts – then we too will follow the same progression.  It’s not about living in fear of the world – rather it’s about valuing and prizing the gift of God’s salvation above everything else! 

Joining The Family

Exodus 12:38 – A mixed multitude went up also with them, with flocks, herds, and even very much cattle.

Egypt had been shaken by God with signs and wonders, and finally Pharaoh let the Israelites go.  But along with the children of Israel, it seems that there were many of other races who left too.  These were likely those who had seen the signs and wonders that God had performed, and wanted to join with the Israelites in going to worship this powerful and awesome God. 

It’s for this reason that Moses made it clear to the Israelites that only the sons of Israel could partake of the feast – and if foreigners wanted to join in, they first had to be circumcised, and then they were to be treated as a son of Israel. 

When God moves powerfully on a person’s life, it can have a profound impact on those who surround them.  So much so that it can cause others to fear God too, and want to begin their journey with him.  But it’s not enough to just join the journey – you have to join the family. 

Before a person could become an Israelite, they had to be circumcised in flesh.  Our becoming part of God’s family means that we must be circumcised in heart.  Practically, it means we cut away our own desires, dreams and ideals from our heart – that we enter a place of turning away from our former life, and become a ‘new creation’. 

Those who want to share in the glory of Christ must also be prepared to share in his sufferings!  But the blessings are totally worth it!

Sowing Wild Oats

Psalms 25:7 – Don`t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your lovingkindness, For your goodness` sake, Yahweh.

Psalms 32:1 says ‘Blessed is the man whose sins are covered’.  Our immense hope as Christians is that although we sin, yet our sins are covered through our faith in Jesus Christ.  This grace empowers us not to live unrighteously, but righteously. 

In this Psalm, David cries out to the Lord not to remember the sins of his youth.    What we have sown in previous years can come back to haunt us in later life, and Job 13:26 mentions ‘inheriting the sins of our youth’. 

But instead of remembering him for what he did wrong in the past – David pleads with God to remember him ‘according to His lovingkindness’.  To look upon him with mercy and pardon him for the wrong he has done. 

A contrite and humble heart is a heart that God looks to, and will never despise.  You can hear the humility and brokenness in this verse – and it is a life that walks with these things that God will remember with the immenseness of his lovingkindness. 

Rather than living in fear that your past life will ‘find you out’ – call out to the Lord with humility today.  There is grace and mercy for all who come to Him.