So when Adam chose to give-in to the temptation Satan presented him with he ultimately betrayed God and handed over dominion of the earth to Satan. God had put Adam & Eve in charge of the earth, they relinquished that dominion that fateful day. When Satan presents us with temptation we choose to either give him dominion over our lives or give it completely to God. When presented with temptation it's not one sided. We are either tempted to sin or we are tempted to obey God.
God commanded Joseph to lay stones as a reminder in nine different places as a sort of memorial. These stones were to not only remind the people where they came from, what struggle they had experienced, but also as a reminder of the place where God brought them to. Our Lord tells us how important it is that we never forget our past and we must pass that history on to our children so they can learn from it. We are not to live in our past, but we also shouldn't forget it. We must always remember what God has done for us. We must also find others who are willing to hold us accountable and who are courageous enough and love us enough to reel us back in when we are straying from His ways. Sin must be confronted, it should never be condoned or praised. Too often we see people who keep their mouth shut when they see loved ones sinning and in fact, go as far as to say they are "happy" for them if they're happy. This is so dangerous and so sad. If we truly love them we must seek God's guidance and instruction in how to confront the sin. These instructions are in His word. You can find them in James, Corinthians and Galatians. I invite my brothers and sisters in Christ to hold me accountable according to His word. I never want to go backwards or remain stagnant. I desire to grow closer to Him, to honor and serve Him. If you see me veering off, please, come to me privately and show me my errors. I love you guys. It's time to step-up our Spiritual walk and be courageous and bold for Him! Merely reading the Word or going to church isn't enough. We must be doers of the Word.
I'm so saddened to see how lost the "Christian" community has become, so openly lost. The common Christian not only refrains from speaking against sin, they outright support it. They go so far as to say, "Whatever is in your heart & makes you happy, makes me happy." Or, "Whatever you enjoy I support." This really makes me sad. What is our purpose here?!?
Jehoshaphat became king at age 35. He followed the ways of father but even went a step further by removing the "high places" of idol worship. He cleaned out worldly hinders cars. He sent out teachers throughout the land of Judah to teach the people the law and lead them in the ways of the Lord. Because of all of this the surrounding nations greatly feared King Jehoshaphat and all Judah. They refrained from going to war with them and instead, many kings and nations brought them gifts. The surrounding nations feared the Lord even though they didn't worship Him. They feared a nation that followed Him. They were at peace with them because the nation followed God.
2 Chron 17:10 The terror of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah, so they didn’t fight against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.
I sit in this 103 yr old house upon a small mountain overlooking a river and see Ole' Glory resting proudly on the mantle. I hear soft rain drops touch the ground and feel breezes find their way through these pine trees that have seen so much history. The Liberty that has been won for America was paid at a great price and we are on the brink of losing that freedom, shamefully, by our own faults. The cross of Jesus stands boldly, yet meekly, representing a real liberty that was paid once, for all but it can never be lost. Perhaps if we go back to the Cross we'll figure out how to secure the Red, White and Blue once again. Happy Independence Day America! May God shed His grace and mercy on thee.