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Deuteronomy 8:11-14 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
When I read this scripture it made me think of America and our forefathers. Our forefathers took all kinds of risk to get to America for two main reasons. Number one was to worship God with freedom. Number two was to get out of paying high taxes which was put on them quite often.
One of the most famous quotes made was made by Columbus saying “I knew we would make it because we followed the Holy Spirit”.
If we had stayed on course and kept following the Holy Spirit our country would not be in the condition it is in today. But when we were blessed with so much, we did like the children of Israel, most of our government leaders have forgotten God and won’t listen to the Holy Spirit.
The reason I say this is because they came up with all kinds of ungodly things like abortion, same sex marriages, gambling, cloning, and alcohol. One can not imagine. If we really know the Lord, how do we think that God is going to let us get by with serving the devil when he didn’t let Israel, his chosen people.
It seems like when God has blessed us so much and we don’t have need, we get to wanting more and get selfish and don’t want to share it with anyone and get to thinking we don’t need God anymore. I believe this is what God warned Israel about. Look at Luke 12:15-21
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisted not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
As we look at the Bible, God has given us many warnings about the things that we have to look for and avoid to stay on track with him. In the next few weeks I am going to write a few articles on backsliding or the backslidden Christian.
I know some don’t believe it can happen but the Bible has a lot to say about it.