Judges 6:12 – And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, Gideon, and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of, fearless, courage.
Bobby and I enjoy hiking but not just any hiking, waterfalls. Our hiking quest is always in search of outstanding waterfalls. We have hiked many of the norms, Abrams at Cades Cove, Vogel, several around Vogel State Park, but we have such a thirst for out of the norm waterfalls.
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”
Satan is the master at making sin come across as pleasing, beautiful, and brings freedom to fulfill the inner desires of our hearts which say that we are entitled to go after whatever we see and take from others what they have as well. He implies that God is strict, stingy, and selfish and wants to keep us from our freedom to pursue our hearts desires.
As the winds and rain of adversity continue to beat down hard on Bobby and me, we are on the mountain road of a seemingly endless war of anxiety and anger. We constantly are seeking, asking, and knocking at God’s Heavenly door for answers to our circumstances that are running down a slippery muddy mountain road heading straight for the cliff. We keep asking where are the brakes and how do we stop this moving disaster?
Joshua 24:15 – But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua took his stand for God many years earlier. In Numbers 13, when is was time for the Israelites to go into the land God had promised them, all but Caleb and Joshua chose to retreat and disobey God.
As the hands of time moved from my childhood into my young teen years, the road my mother was traveling opened wide and dark into the sea of a massive hidden volcano deep in the sea of guilt, despair, anger, loneliness, and desperation. She had followed God for five years after the death of my father. She and I were going to church and she would read God’s Word to me. The Lord’s Heartbeat was clear during those years.
Proverbs 26: 24-26 – A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Can God heal a wound so deep that it cuts into the core of your being?
As we traveled down into the Church of Compromise, we could see along the entrance there were strong lamp stands of Perseverance and eloquent columns of Hard Work all which represented the Lord’s heartbeat.
However, on the inside the shepherd had tolerated lies and deception for a long time and he had become part of the major problem as well. He was no longer protecting the sheep from the ravaging wolves but had been deceived himself. He was making excuses for the repetitive sins that were happening and wanted to close a blind eye to the truth. He no longer held firmly to the trustworthy doctrine and refuted those who opposed it. He was unable to hear the Lord’s heartbeat because of the repetitive sins that he was tolerating.
When the body of believers begins to tolerate sin in the church, the church is no longer listening to the Lord’s heartbeat. It is lowering the standards and compromising the church’s witness.
God is the director and we are to follow His Script (which is Scripture). However, most of the time, we come to a part in His Script and we stomp our foot and say, “HALT”. This part is too difficult and painful to perform.