March 30, 2012 The East or the West?

Good Morning, sweet sisters! Hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend. Today’s reading had two lessons that I would like to share. The Eastern tribe vs. the Western tribe in Joshua 22 intrigued me but I just couldn’t pull a nugget out of it. It laid heavy on my heart but nothing was forth coming until I picked up Jon Courson’s commentary. He opened it right up and boy did I get my toes stepped on. Let me share from Jon Courson in paraphrase for the most part to save time. The Eastern tribe built an altar not for sacrifice or worship but as a symbol of their solidarity with their brothers on the west side. The Western tribe was so mad it almost caused a civil war. Satan’s strategy is to divide and conquer. His goal is to separate, to distance, to analyze and we see four ways the western tribe fell prey to the destructive division that almost led to civil war. 1. They acted on heresay. They didn’t see the altar but had only heard about it. So often we base our decision simply on what we have heard. Rumors take a life of their own and fires are flamed when people act on heresay. 2. The western tribe got all worked up before they checked out the situation. They were ready to fight before the gathered their facts. Proverbs 18:13 states that he that answers a matter before he hears it, it is a folly and a shame into him. 3. The third mistake is they used the Lord’s name loosely. That can happen to Spirit filled believers as well. We hear something and our righteous indignation flares up. JC warns us to be careful and reflect and question. Is it really the Lord or just our own opinion or perspective. 4. The western tribe also bore false witness in accusing their brothers of rebelling against God. Bearing false witness means telling a lie but also giving the right information with the wrong Implication. JC clearly points out the mistakes of the western tribe but the eastern tribe was not innocent either. He explains that they were on the wrong side of the Jordan. The east side was a place of carnality. Carnal means fleshy. He poses he question, how do you know when you are carnal? How do you know if you are on the wrong side of the Jordan? He shows us three indications of the heart of one who is carnal. 1. Don’t judge me, says the carnal believer. Yes, God knows our heart but we don’t. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it says Jeremiah in 17:9. We can’t m is our own heart but the Word of God can because it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12). It doesn’t matter what your heart tells you. It matters what God tells you. 2. Carnal people blame the Lord either directly or indirectly. 3. Carnal people blame their family problems on churches or other believers. It takes a mature believer to realize it is not up to anyone or anything else but himself and his humble submission to the Lord. 4. Finally, the carnal believers says I’m going to worship how I want, where I want and in the way I want. Both tribes were at fault and JC states the lesson is clear. You who are spiritual, who love the Lord and are walking with Him, be careful that in your Spirit filled desire for rightness, you don’t judge and criticize those on the other side of the Jordan. The enemy would love for us to be at odds. He who is spiritual must deal with people gently and meekly in order that the bones of others might mend, in order that their walk might be restored. If your spiritual be careful. If you’re carnal be cautioned. Although you will go to heaven you will experience unnecessary heartbreak and agony because the wages of sin is till and always will be death. What a powerful lesson for the Lord. May we humble ourselves and love others without judging them. May we ask the Lord to search our hearts and show us the way. Have a blessed day to all! Hugs coming atcha all! Love,

Bethany
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One thought on “March 30, 2012 The East or the West?

  1. Oh Bethany, how many times have a judged others? Too many to count. Your post means alot to me…thank you sister!Morgen

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