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Apr 23

Breaking The Cycles

Breaking The Cycles

April 23, 2012 Bible Reading

Judges 1:1-2:9
Luke 21:29-22:13
Psalms 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 13:24-25

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Judges

We begin the book of Judges today. You can find a wikipedia explanation here of what The Book of Judges is about. I invite you to see for yourself.

To me, the Book of Judges is a continuation of the “cycles” that the Children of Israel go through. I’ve mentioned it before, but as a parent I can see these “cycles” of behavior in my own life. More importantly, I see these “cycles” in my own past as well. (yes mom and dad… that is me admitting you were right.)

My parents were right. They were right, but not just because I was wrong. My parents were right because they did as God did with the Children of Israel… They let me learn. Even Jesus said:

Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” (Luke 17:4 NIV)

I’m sure my parents didn’t always know what to do with a rambunctious teenager when he seemed to get out of control and act a fool. However, they instinctively knew to forgive me so that they could teach me and love me and give me time to develop.

I hope to be that kind of dad to my kids. Children need to learn how to handle situations so they can become adults. Without letting them fall on the “small stuff” they will have no chance to learn how to handle the “big stuff” in life.

Yep… I see my story in the Children of Israel. I used to look at them when I read this part of the Bible and say, “These guys are stupid. Don’t they see how God loves them. Why do they keep turning away from Him???” I couldn’t understand it.

When I realized that I was playing the same role as the Children of Israel only in modern times, I was convicted. As I read through Judges and the other books of the Old Testament I see my story with God unfold. God saves me, I think I can do things on my own, I fail, I blamed God, I decide to try it His way, I ask for forgiveness, He saves me, I think I can do it on my own… You get the idea.

Thankfully, God has given me the ability to break those cycles. He gave that ability through the work of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true bondage breaker.

Revolution 365

The Bible Study group is picking up steam. If you are in the Evans/Augusta GA area and want to talk about what you read this week, what’s going on in your life, or just want a cup of coffee and don’t want to drink it alone, then come join us at the Panera Bread Company in Evans at 7PM Tuesday 4/24/2012.

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