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12/27/2013

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"I will not revoke its punishment , because they sell the righteous for money and the needy for a pair of sandals. These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless and turn aside the way of the humble" (Amos 2:6-7).

The prophet Amos was sent to the Israeliites to proclaim that a famine was coming over them. Not one involving a dearth of physical food, but a lack spiritual necessities... They had put the reading and obeying the Word of God on hold and and were lured by materialism. But there were more problems, as we see in today's verses. The people had become morally corrupt. One of the things that was supposed to distinguish the children from those people who lived around them was their moral and spiritual standards. Those same things can creep into the lives of Christians today, when they allow the world's moral standards to become theirs. When this happens, people will refuse to feed upon the Word of God and this create a spiritual famine. One of the reasons for this is that going into the Word is like looking into the mirror... It just doesn't lie. The Word has this unique ability to reveal our true selves... "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Heb.4:12). In Amos' day, the people couldn't wait for the religious days to be over so that they could get back to their evil ways. "When will the new moon be over, so that we may sell grain, and the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, to make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, and to cheat with dishonest scales" (8:5). When worshiping the Lord on His day becomes a tedium instead of a privilege, we fall into the same hole that they did. It is easy to see why people won't spend more time in God's Word if they don't want to spend their time with other Christians in worship... Because of a lack of nourishment caused by not partaking of the spiritual food of the Word, we are easily susceptible to temptation and then overcome by the cares of the world. Our faith in God and a deep reverence for Him and His Word, are the two things necessary to resist the trials and temptation. Next time will be about overcoming the famine...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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