in all you do.. FOCUS ON JESUS (c) 2000
It's time we stopped excusing our behavior, and that of our children, as "man's nature, " which means natural, indicating we are created this way ...prone to choosing self over God.
Although God did create man with a free will to choose, God did not ever create man with a 'nature' to reject Him over self. As a matter of fact, the Bible says of Man's Creation, " And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Gen 1:31
In addition, the secular counselors now attibute all kinds of improper actions to ancestoral heredity, teaching our younger generations that it is not their fault...
Being born into a fallen World, does not mean man's nature is any different than as Created by God. Remember that your spiritual creation precedes physical conception, and such creation is good.
Nor does Satan have any part in your natural creation, and even if conceived in sin, that in itself causes no alteration of the spirit , which having already created by God, is good !!
The Word of God clearly shows that in Joshua chapters 22-24. The people of Israel chose to obey, and did ! The Book of Joshua doesn't say they 'struggled' to obey...they just chose to obey...and obeyed ....God. vs 31
This is a clear indication that man is not controlled by a sinful 'Nature', but by his own decisions. What is also clear is that when decisions are made under the right conditions, those decisions are adhered to.
However, a failure to properly educate the next generation(s) results in no decision on their part. " Without knowledge, my people perish" because without the right knowledge, the next generation cannot make the right decision.
Just what caused the people to make the right decision, and be able to continue to obey God ????
Joshua taught them to look back and remember (any & all) blessings,
realize faithful obedience equals continued success
also consider consequences of failure to choose God.
vs 24 Then Joshua summoned the people along with the leaders, and through him God spoke, reminding them of what He had done for them, and the land He gave them, and other blessings He had given them
Then Joshua described the choice they could make...choose God or choose another..but choose, in sincereity and truth
Joshua then stated the conditions.."you cannot worship in truth and sincerity vs 19 if you are unwilling to obey vs15 because if you forsake Him, He will turn on you vs20.....
The people, hearing all of this agreed, saying "yes, we will worship and obey the Lord alone...and a covenant showing their committment was made..and Israel obeyed the Lord.......vs 24-31
Had the next generation taught the NEXT generation, to teach the next generation, without fail....then TODAY'S generation would be teaching the next , .......and people would have been obeying God for the last 3350 years.
But even within such environment, some make the choice to teach children that there is a better choice that they can make.
If they, continue to teach their children, to teach their children, etc, then the standards of each generation will continue to improve, rather than deteriorate, until one generation fails to sufficiently teach the next, resulting in a lack of obedience
How long did Israel continue to obey the committment/covenant made in Joshua 24 ???? vs 31 " throughout the lifetimes of Joshua and the old men who had personally witnessed the amazing deeds the Lord had done for Israel.
A lack of sufficient teaching left the young without sufficient knowledge to make the right decision, ending the period of obedience to the Lord.