“My grandparents are spinning in their graves,” I complained as my children turned the television channel. We weren’t watching a cable channel; we were watching primetime network programming. And it was embarrassing.
It makes me sad to think about what’s happening in our culture, especially with the younger generations. I just started teaching through the book of Judges, and it reminds me of what happened with the Israelites after Joshua died.
The people forgot about God’s miracles and judgments. They let the influence of the Canaanites permeate their thinking. It wasn’t long before they fully immersed themselves in the culture of the people around them, adopted their pagan practices, and turned from God’s Law. And
… everyone did what was right in his own eyes. ~ Judges 17:6
Sounds like today, doesn’t it?
In the past few generations, we’ve allowed post-modern thinking and moral relativism to permeate our thinking. German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche, who died in 1900, best expressed this mindset:
“You have your way, I have my way.
As for the right way, it does not exist.”
Nietzsche’s problematic philosophy also denied the existence of God, which seems to be the prevailing attitude of our society. And those of us who believe in a right way, God’s way, are ridiculed.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. Paul told Timothy,
… everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus
will be persecuted,
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived.
~2 Tim 3:12-13 (NIV)
And it’s happening all around us. How can we not lose hope?
3 Steps to Strengthening Your Faith
Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to meeting to worship together, but to meet even more! Don’t expect to find a perfect church because, as Charles Spurgeon reminds us: the minute you join, it becomes imperfect.
Jesus promised to be in the midst of a small group (Matthew 18:20), and it’s a great interactive environment for growing in your faith. I teach a couples’ Sunday school class, so I spend a lot of time studying and preparing; but I learn even more from the class discussions.
Personal Time with God
Jesus modeled a personal devotion time by getting up early and spending time alone in prayer (Mark 1:35). If the Son of God needed to spend time with the Father before He faced the day, how much more do we need to spend time with Him? It doesn’t have to be complicated: find a quiet spot, pray and ponder a verse or two. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your day.
If these things aren’t part of your routine, why not start today? It’s never too late to start a good habit and today could be a hinge point! Start with a personal time and ask the Lord to lead you from there. Remember:
A faithful life is nothing more than a series of faithful days.
Your faithful choice today could bring a blessing on this generation and the generations to come!
What are some things you do to strengthen your faith?
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