October 12, 2021

They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot by their own deeds. (Psalm 106:34-39)
As we finish our study of (Psalm 106), we see the people of Israel were instructed not to marry those outside the covenant promises of God. The reason was that in doing so, their hearts would be carried off by false gods that pagan spouses introduced. But they disobeyed God’s instructions and fell so far into idolatry that they were committing terrible acts before the Lord. Even though the Lord delivered them on many occasions, they eventually rebelled again, following their wisdom.
This reminds me, like the people of Israel, we too fall short of what pleases the Lord at times. For instance, we are advised in (James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15) not to give ourselves over to this world’s system: (James 4:4), “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” and (1 John 2:15), “ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” That said, if we give ourselves over to the lusts of the world, we will be drawn away from the authentic love of Jesus and will be bowing down to something or someone other than God. Moreover, in so doing, our lives cannot be a Blessing to God if we are caught up in this great sin.
Friends, might we take inventory of our lives today? May we ask ourselves, ‘Are we a friend of this current world system, or are we a friend of God’s system?’ Would you pray with me?
Father, You have called us to be a faithful witness of You. Please keep us strong and committed to You and for the cause of Your Kingdom, not the worlds’. Help us that our talk and walk match up and also line up with Your Will. Help us to be guided in all things by You and Your ways, rather than that of this imperfect world. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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