Why are you a Christian? No, think about it. What's the real reason? Are you here for the wrong reasons?
Maybe you experienced a spiritual high or you're fresh off of a new decision, a new commitment. But you're realizing that you have to drive out the nations occupying your land.
The Israelites sinned. They served other gods. They went off the deep end. But then again, we do the exact same things. I know this, because I did that this week. And the week before that.
The Ten Commandments seem like the beginner's level of being a Christian. But as I reread them, I was surprised by how many of the commandments conflict with things I really like to do.
Christians get a bad rap these days because, well, a lot of them deserve it. We don't glorify God with our actions or our words. But why is that?
Doubt is confusing and squirmy and invasive. It whispers to us over and over again in the worst moments. This chapter demonstrates just one of the ways to shut Doubt up.
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
We think and talk and act like we have been doing life on our own. We feel self-sufficient. We talk about what we've gotten through, how we've gotten stronger, how we've discovered ourselves. But that kind of attitude leads to defeat.
You know that scene in every teen movie where the main character is wearing something very special, like her grandmother's necklace, but then she goes to a party and loses it? Why do we do the exact same thing?
There we are, panting and sweating, doubled over from the sheer effort of escape. Jesus holds us tight to Him. He whispers "You're safe now". Unless.