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03/17/2017

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Getting Too Comfortable


"While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women who invited them to sacrifice to their Gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor" (Num.25:1-3).

The Israelites were within shouting distance of the Promised Land here in the 25th chapter of the Book of Numbers. God had delivered them from their Egyptian oppressors. He saw to it that they had food everyday in the form of manna, enough water, and even quail from time to time. They had clothing that did not wear out and He helped them to defeat their enemies. It is against this backdrop, with the Promised Land near, that the men began to engage in sexual immorality with Moabite women. They even went as far as sacrificing to the gods of Moab. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. There is no indication that the women of Moab were more attractive than their own women. There was also plenty of experience that God was much more powerful than those earthy gods. So here's the big money question... Why did they do these things? I think I know... Whenever folks become comfortable, reasonably prosperous and secure, they have a tendency to abandon self-restraint. While on the plains of Moab, the Israelites reached such a state of affairs. An easy sensuality became the pathway into the abandonment of better judgement. It is this better judgement that is the wellspring of honesty, fairness, justice, and all the virtues that make for civilized, orderly living. Here's the kicker! When sensuality becomes the chief pursuit, and it doesn't always have to be sexual, it commonly means the abandonment of faithfulness to God... The structure of families and societies begin to unravel when people get too comfortable with their lives and a kind of boredom creeps in. In today's world it may start with stuff like money and possessions that cloud peoples minds and pull them away from God. Lets be sure that success breeds appreciation of God rather than thinking we did it on our own. Satan sets the idols before us, just waiting for us to snap at them. All that we have comes from the Lord.... Lets not get too comfortable....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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