We attend church. We call ourselves Christians. We insist that we believe in God. It all looks and sounds very good, but we've forgotten something crucial.
We don't have time for this anymore. It's time to get violent. It's time to fight and deny self. It's time to flee from sin.
Why do we get mad when God asks us only to treat people how He tells us to, or work how He tells us to, or have sex how He tells us to, or just live life how He tells us to?
How do I give my life to Jesus? How do I become a Christian? How do I truly become a follower of Jesus?
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.
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.
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.
I get mad at God over petty things, like catching a cold or waking up too late. I expect God to make everything in my life go smoothly, just because I say a prayer and have a little worship. Meanwhile, I'm sitting on acres of blessings.
What kind of Lover doesn't see a future with their beloved? What kind of Romantic doesn't lie awake at night, dreaming sweet dreams about the new life they and their beloved will live together? Imagine Jesus lying awake thinking about you.