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Part Two! Tear Down and Destroy! Once you have identified and rooted out the sin, once you have torn out the stumps in your life's fields, now you must tear down standing influences... get away from those who want to pull you back to the swamp, and then destroy the things that anchor you to the past... Joshua walks us through the next two steps that lead us to personal freedom and will end with a life of victory...
Now, like any medications we take there are always those unwanted side-effects we have to contend with. In the same way, when a church is taking a daily dose of God’s M.E.D.S. (missions, evangelism, discipleship, service) there will be side-effects as well; side-effects of both positive and negative problems due to growth and side-effects of problems due to external and internal persecutions.
We need a winning attitude based on faith in God's promises in order to fight the battles of life.
Esau recognizes that the blessing has gone to Jacob and that Jacob is sent by their father, Isaac, to secure a wife from their descendants. Esau's response is to try and acquire what Jacob has received by doing something similar. It is a picture of what takes place when we are unwilling to receive God's blessing in the way that God has already ordained that we would receive it. Our sin leads us to use methods to secure God's covenant blessing--life--by utilizing our methods or means, when God has already established the means by which we receive his blessing from him.
Like the blind man, Bartimaeus, we are all in need of true healing. God's plan is not for you to suffer, but for you to live. Do not let the world hold you back. We all need his healing touch.
This Sunday we learned how the word of God is like refreshing water to our bodies. This water from God needs to penetrate past our flesh, bones, soul, and into our spirits. Without this water, our spirit is not fed, and we are more that likely to burn out.