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Turning Away Quickly

Monday, August 18, 2014

Over the years I have noticed something about my Christian walk. It can change so quickly. Are you that way as well? Are you sometimes embarrassed at how quickly you can turn away from the Lord? I can have a wonderful time with the Lord in the morning. And almost before the ink dries in my spiritual diary I have turned from walking in the Spirit to walking in the flesh. How does that happen?

I noticed the children of Israel had that same problem. In fact they had that problem over and over again. Remember when Moses had received the Ten Commandments from God. He had been on the mountain for a long time. He and God had an amazing conversation. And with His own finger God had written on two stone tablets all the people needed to know to walk with God. But before Moses could return the people rebelled. And Aaron was used to prepare a gold calf for them. The people called this calf god and even gave the calf credit for delivering them out of Egypt. God even spoke to Moses about how quickly the people had turned from Him. Exodus 31:8 says, "They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them."

One of the reasons the people gave for rebelling against God is that Moses had been gone a long time and they did not know what happened to him. We do not want to miss the spiritual truth in this passage. It is true that we need spiritual leaders. All of us need leaders to help us walk with the Lord and encourage us. We all need leaders who will confront us from time to time. But we also need to be able to walk with the Lord on our own. We must not be people who always have to have support from a leader. There should come a time when we can stand for God with no one but God alone. Our trust must be in God. Our obedience must be to God.

If we are always depending on someone else to lead us rather than just having our own walk with the Lord we will be more likly to turn away. We all need our own faith. We all need a walk with God that does not depend on anyone but God alone. I pray this will help us stay faithful and not turn away quickly.


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