How to Become a Slave (The Reboot Day 5)

“Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “ I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘ I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done? Therefore I also said, ‘ I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’” Judges 2:1-3 NASB (Bold mine)

“You shall consume all the peoples whom the LORD your God will deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them, nor shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.” Deuteronomy 7:16 NASB

I was going to write about selfishness today, but as I went to bed last night I decided to listen to the bible where my daughter had left off. She was in Judges 1, and so I curled up under my covers and listened.

“But Manasseh did not take possession of Beth-shean and its villages, or…so the Canaanites persisted in living in that land. It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely. Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer; so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them. Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron…so the Canaanites lived among them and became subject to forced labor.”

And on and on it went as the tribes of Israel did not drive out the Canaanites as the Lord had instructed them to. They disobeyed their God. As a result, the Canaanites lived among God’s people and pulled their hearts away from God.

“Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them” Judges 2:11,12

The Psalmist says this:

They did not destroy the peoples,
as the LORD commanded them,
but they mixed with the nations
and learned to do as they did.
They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons;
they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
and played the whore in their deeds.
Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people,
and he abhorred his heritage;
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.
Many times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their purposes
and were brought low through their iniquity.
(Psalm 106:34-43 ESV)

If I do not listen to God when He tells me to get rid of something or stop something I’m doing, the thing or the direction I’m heading will become a snare to me. It will consume me, and my heart will be led away from God.

We talked about distractions on Monday and so many of you struggle with the computer – Facebook, reading blogs, and social media in general. So do I. These distractions not only take us away from our responsibilities, they also take us away from God.

Back in the fall the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit and this is what I heard: “If you keep going the way you are going now, you will regret your life in 15 years.” Those words took my breath away and seriously caused me to consider my life and what I was doing where I was headed. I do not want to regret my life. I do not want to follow other “gods”. I want my heart to long for God above all else.

I think you do to. That’s the crummy thing about addictions, they consume you, they break your heart, they make you a slave. We have to run from our addictions. We must.

Because there is only One who we are to choose to be a slave to.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 NASB

“Will I give up, will I surrender to Jesus Christ, and make no conditions whatever as to how the break comes? I must be broken from my self-realization, and immediately that point is reached, the reality of the supernatural identification takes place at once, and the witness of the Spirit of God is unmistakable – “I have been crucified with Christ.”
The passion of Christianity is that I deliberately sign away my own rights and become a bond-slave of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I do not begin to be a saint.”

Oswald Chambers

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Today’s Challenges

Mary Challenge: Is there something you know you need to loosen your grip on or give up all together? Maybe you need to ask God to show you where your heart is being led away (if it is). Pray for the courage to run.

Martha Challenge: I’m still working on my bedroom! Today, see if you can finish up your bedroom – perhaps you need to clean out a jewelry drawer or a night stand drawer. Whatever it is, see if you can accomplish it today.

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  • Kristine McGuire

    Oh how easy it is to allow our affections to be overtaken by other “gods”. We don’t like to think of habits (or addictions) as making us a slave to this world but that’s exactly what happens. Thank you for the reminder that as Christians we are meant to have only one Master–and love Him above all.

  • http://thequeenmommy.com/ Debbie Taylor

    Wow – really great post Sarah Mae.  Good reminder to DO what God says whether we understand (or like) it or not!  Needed this.

  • J.W.

    Thank you for this word.

  • http://www.thepurposefulwife.com/ Rachel

    Thank you for boldly speaking the truth! It is a good thing to think about, the direction we’re headed in and what it will mean for us and our families in the long-run. I’m with you- I don’t want to regret my life! When I’m confronted with my own idols (boy, don’t we all have them!), the thing that snaps me out of it and scares me the most is “what if I were to die and face the Lord this moment. Am I ready? Would I be embarrassed? Or am I faithfully seeking, worshipping, and obeying Him?” If that thought doesn’t get me back on track, my heart is hard indeed. 

  • http://becky-alittlebitmore.blogspot.com/ Becky Hall

    SarahMae, you cannot imagine how this post fits into what God is teaching me right in this moment!  Praise the Lord for how He is using you to speak truth into so many lives. :)

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      I love when that happens!

  • Carolyn

    This post was a confirmation to me, hopefully this reply will be to you as well, and bless you as it did me.  Last week was reading in Numbers – cpt 33, verse 55 says much the same message from the Lord to Israel.
      Numbers 33:55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
     
    This so quickened in me that I began asking the Lord to show me anything I have allowed to remain that should not.
     
    After all, He knows best and wants what is best for me.

  • Kim

    So good! Thank you for this :) God has been showing me a lot about idolatry lately…have you read Idols of the Heart??  SO good and convicting! 

  • Pamela

    Great reminder to ask God to show you the most inner parts of your heart, and to point out anything that is taking His place in your life.    Alot of times I allow my children and my service to them take first place in my life.   I am not at my best when I do this, I rob myself and my children of joy that the Lord gives.   I am really working on this.  I am trying to get up earlier and have a little time to read my Bible and pray.   It isn’t easy, but doing what is right isn’t always easy. 

  • http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/ Shelly @ Frugal Family Home

    I will turn to other things like food when I know I should be turning to God for comfort. Things can sometimes feel like they are just beyond my control and the immediate fix such as food seems like the answer, but is not. Thanks for this series it is really making me take the time to stop and think each day.

  • Kathleen w

    Hi, Sara Mae.

    A friend of mine mentioned your book on her blog last week or the week before.  I checked it out and have been debating buying it.  I am torn because I prefer a print book over purchasing a book for my kindle and I see it is not available in paper.  I like to be able to mark things up when I am doing this sort of reading.  A funny little obsession of mine.  ☺  Anyway, I popped over here to see if there was another version available and see you are putting the challenges here on your blog.  What I am wondering is if what you are putting here is the same thing as in your book or are you adding more commentary here than what is in the Kindle release?

    Kathleen

    PS… I also thought it was neat that I listened to the book of Judges today and then here you are talking about it.  I love how God ties different parts of my day together into His word.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Hi Kathleen, :)

      The challenges are different from the ones in the book, and believe me, I understand wanting a print book to hold. :) You could print it out. Tyndale will be publishing the updated and revised version of it, but it won’t come out until Spring 2014. 

  • agodlyhomemaker

    wow!! you won’t believe this, cuz i don’t lol, but i read the same chapter with my husband last night and  we had plenty to discuss.  great minds think alike! or maybe God pulls people in the same direction!!

  • Russellbunch9

    Sarah Mae, my son was recently published in a free online magazine called Kingdom Pen for young Christian Writers.  His short story was about addictions and I wanted to share it with you after reading your blog today.   http://kingdompen.org/  You will have to request a free issue, or I can send you a copy via email if you would like.  I hope it will bless you.  I thought he communicated the struggle and mercy of God very well.  (but I am his mother!  :) )

    Thank you for your encouragement.  I have been working steadily on my room (and my priorities) steadily this week.  It’s very nice to have a plan and some semi-accountability as I open those emails each day!

    Many Blessings.
    Maris Russell

  • Cindy Carrier

    This brings to mind one of my favorite verses:  “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). In everything, I want to be a slave to Christ, not a slave to the world, the flesh, or the devil. I’m not participating in your Challenges (can’t say it really applies to me) BUT I appreciated the encouragement of your post today, thanks! :)

  • Olivia

    Thank you for this challenge – both for the mary and martha challenge.
    I went through my wardrobe and drawers today (it is Saturday here in NZ), and made a pile of clothes and shoes to go to the op shop, plus have another pile of clothes that are a bit too small at present (need to focus on eating right and exercising ;-) ), then proceeded to dusting and vacumming behind the furniture – so now the bedroom looks great!
    Plus the Lazy Bones post hit home with me – I have reading through proverbs and it all tied together. So thank you again,
    Olivia

  • Timeless

    oh my-if I wait till Spring of 2014 for a printed copy of your book-I will be featured on that TV show about hoarders!  Not acceptable.  Just found the reboot-but already 5 days behind.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Haha!!!! Join in the reboot for now! :)

  • http://twitter.com/lornafaith Lorna Faith

    Your words spoke to me today Sarah…thanks:) I do have a coffee addiction that I need to get rid of…I totally to sign away my rights to God :) Will be asking God for courage to run…