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The lost connection!

Scripture Reading for March 10th: Judges 1-5

When I was younger, we heated our home on the farm with wood.  When it was extremely cold, we had a small bin of coal to help with the heat through the long winter nights in Iowa.  One of the jobs right before bed was to go down and stoke the fire.  More wood would be added and ashes removed so a good flow of air would cause the fire to heat up and blaze.  A scoop of coal would be tossed in too.  A short time later the damper was shut so all the coals and logs would glow with heat all night.  If no one stoked the fire, it would go out and the house would quickly cool down.

Godly leaders stoke spiritual fire with the wood of prayer and pour on coals of God’s Word to keep zeal burning.  But when the godly leader is gone the house cools down.   After Joshua passed,  some elders stoked the fire for a time.  They passed without stoking the fire for the next generation!

After the death of Joshua and the elders, Israel drifted into sin and idolatry.  God got angry and sold them into slavery to an oppressing nation.  The people cried out to the Lord and He raised up another leader who would deliver them.  Then there was a time of peace during the life of that leader (Judge).  After the leader’s death, the cycle would begin again.  (Judges 2:10-19)  This was repeated seven times in the Book of Judges!

There is a great need for godly leaders in the church who will stoke the fire again and connect the next generation to God!  A godly leader teaches and lives out God’s Word and sparks revival in a home or church.  That leader can be a father or mother, pastor or Sunday School teacher, or a janitor who is passionate for the Lord.  Will you stoke the fires of the Spirit today by praying and reading God’s Holy Word?  May God anoint you afresh with the Holy Spirit and fire from on high and bring new connections for the next generation!  (Matthew 3:11)

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Who will stoke the fire?

Scripture Reading for March 9th: Judges 1-5

When I was younger, we heated our home on the farm with wood.  When it was extremely cold, we had a small bin of coal to help with the heat through the long Iowa winter.  One of the jobs right before bed was to go down and stoke the fire.  More wood would be added and ashes removed so a good flow of air would cause the fire to heat up and blaze.  A scoop of coal would be tossed in too.  A short time later the damper was shut so all the coals and logs would glow with a steady fire all night.  If no one stoked the fire, it would go out.

Godly leaders stoke the fires with the wood of prayer and pour on the coals of God’s Word to keep zeal burning through the long night.  But when the leader is gone, complacency sets in.  Joshua left some elders who stoked the fire for a time, but hey passed from the nation.  The next generation arose without a personal experience of God’s mighty miracles and deliverance.  This generation began to drift into idolatry and the bondage of sin.

The cycle is recorded in Judges. God got angry and sold them into slavery to an oppressing nation.  The people cried out to the Lord and he heard them and raised up another leader who would deliver them.  Then there would be a time of peace during the life of that leader (Judge).  After the leader’s death, the cycle would begin again.  (Judges 2:10-19)  This is repeated seven times in the Book of Judges!

I see this kind of cycle also present in our culture today.  A godly leader teaches and preaches and lives out God’s Word and a revival springs up in a home or church or city.  (That leader can be a father or mother, pastor or Sunday School teacher, or a janitor who loves the Lord.) The fires of the Spirit are stoked with prayer and faithful, anointed preaching of the whole counsel of God.  The land enjoys peace until another generation arises who did not experience God moving.  They fall into bondage as they drift away from the Lord.  Will you stoke the fires of the Spirit today by praying and reading God’s holy Word?  God will anoint you afresh with the Holy Spirit and Fire from on high!  (Matthew 3:11)

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Cycles of Disobedience

Scripture reading for March 10th: Judges 1-5

My wife and I have always prayed for our children and grandchildren.  We want them to experience a personal walk with the Lord and avoid the snares of Satan.  Though our prayers are powerful, each child must still choose on his own to obey the Lord.  Sometimes, children  enter a cycle of disobedience where consequences, rather than parent or God,  become their teacher.  Many times, parents are too quick to bail their children out of consequences before the lessons are learned.  Take a look at our heavenly Father’s parenting techniques in the book of Judges!

Through Joshua, the people had renewed the covenant commitment to fully follow God.  (Joshua 24:15), but after the death of Joshua the people fell away. (Judges 2:8-11)  This falling away was due to the failure of the next generation to learn faith and a failure of Joshua’s generation to live out faith.  If we become engrossed in the culture around us, instead of in God and His word, failure always results.  The Israelites did evil in God’s eyes by forsaking Him and turning toward the gods of the culture.  As a result, they reaped the consequences of enemies plundering them and inability to withstand attacks on their land and families.  (Judges 2:14-15)   God allowed consequences to become their teacher!

The remedy for sin and rebellion is repentance.  When the people of God recognized their sins, they would cry out to God for help.  God was merciful and would raise up a judge to deliver them from their enemies.  They would then have peace again under the wise leadership of a godly judge.  When he or she passed from the scene, the cycle would repeat itself in the next generation!  (Judges 2:16-19)

Today’s culture is no different and Christians must stick close to God, worshiping  regularly.  We need the power of the Holy Spirit living in us to stay victorious over Satan’s attacks.  When we begin to mix with our culture and neglect the things of God, consequences of disobedience come upon us and we suffer.  Our “Joshua” is alive, praying for us, and His body, the Church, is there to help us and give us victory!  By staying close to God, we can live continuously in victory!

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Another generation, who knew not the Lord!

Scripture Reading for March 10: Judges 1-5

When I was younger, we heated our home on the farm with wood.  When it was extremely cold, we had a small bin of coal to help with the heat through the long winter nights in Iowa.  One of the jobs right before bed was to go down and stoke the fire.  More wood would be added and ashes removed so a good flow of air would cause the fire to heat up and blaze.  A scoop of coal would be tossed in too.  A short time later the damper was shut so all the coals and logs would glow with a steady fire all night.  If no one stoked the fire, it would often go out and the house would quickly cool down to nearly outside temperature.

Good and godly leaders stoke the fires with the wood of prayer and pour on the coals of God’s Word to keep zeal burning through the long night.  But when the leader is gone and the  fire is not being stoked with fresh wood and coal, complacency sets in with our walk with the Lord. This happened in the time after  the death of Joshua.  Joshua left some elders who stoked the fire for a time.  They passed from the nation as well.  The next generation arose without a personal experience of God’s mighty miracles and deliverance.  This generation began to drift into idolatry and the bondage of sin.  Isn’t it funny, drift is always away from the Lord!

The cycle is recorded in Judges.  After the death of Joshua and the elders, the nation drifted into sin and idolatry.  God got angry and sold them into slavery to an oppressing nation.  The people cried out to the Lord and he heard them and raised up another leader who would deliver them.  Then there would be a time of peace during the life of that leader (Judge).  After the leader’s death, the cycle would begin again.  (Judges 2:10-19)  This is repeated seven times in the Book of Judges!

I see this kind of cycle also present in our culture today.  A godly leader teaches and preaches and lives out God’s Word and a revival springs up in a home or church or city.  (That leader can be a father or mother, pastor or Sunday School teacher, or a janitor who loves the Lord.) The fires of the Spirit are stoked with prayer and faithful, anointed preaching of the whole counsel of God.  A generation is set on fire and the wind of the Spirit  brings salvations, healing, and deliverance.  The land enjoys peace until another generation arises who did not experience God moving.  They fall into bondage as they drift away from the Lord.  God looks for another godly leader who will pray and preach to stoke the fire again!  Will you stoke the fires of the Spirit today by praying and reading God’s holy Word?  God will anoint you afresh with the Holy Spirit and Fire from on high!  (Matthew 3:11)

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