Spiritual Decline

Are there parallels between Israel’s spiritual decline and ours? She was:

 

Unappreciative — “Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Thy wonders; They did not remember Thine abundant kindnesses, but rebelled by the sea… ” (Psalm 105:7)

 

Independent — “They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel:” (Psalm 106:13)

 

Sensual — “[They] craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.” (Psalm 106:14)

 

Secular — “They exchanged their glory for the image of an ox that eats grassThey mingled with the nations, and learned their practicesAnd served their idols, which became a snare to them.” (Psalm 106:20, 29, 35, 36)

 

Discontent — “They despised the pleasant land[They] grumbled in their tents… ” (Psalm 106:24a, 25a)

 

Void of Faith — “They did not believe in His WordThey did not listen to the voice of the LORD.” (Psalm 106:24b, 25b)

 

Resistant to the Holy Spirit — “They were rebellious against His Spirit… ” (Psalm 106:33a)

 

Willing to sacrifice her children — “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan… ” (Psalm 106:37, 38a)

 

We identify with William Bennett’s comment, “We have a real problem in this country when it comes to values. We have become the kind of societies that civilized countries used to send missionaries to.

 

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

 

When God rescues a nation, He always uses a man:

 

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

 

QUESTION: What do you think God would have you do on a personal level to make a difference in the Nation? Are you up to the challenge?

 

 

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