Clean Your Land

29I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. 31And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” ~ Exodus 23:29-33

There will always be something that will try to lead you astray. Whether it’s a person, a show, a thought, an idea, there will always be something. But God said He would destroy them. He would remove them little by little so that you would not be overcome by the wild animals (demonic/evil spirits). If you are completely rid of every temptation without having to fight first, you will be overcome easily. See God uses the people, thoughts, ideas, obstacles, places, that the devil meant for evil, as a training ground. He allows us to be tested not so that we can fail, but so that we can learn to overcome.

Ever realize how much stronger you feel after you have overcome. Sure, you may not overcome right, but that’s why Jesus said to Peter when you return back, help your brothers. See falling isn’t a problem, messing up isn’t a problem because when we’re at our lowest point, that’s when we have no other choice, but to look up. I’m not saying that God tempts us so that we can fall and then need Him again, I’m saying He allows us to be tempted so that we can train to get better. When we fall, when we hit rock bottom, and then we get up, we never get up the same way. We never get up weaker than we were when we fell or just as weak when we fell, we get stronger because in that moment we submit everything to God. Every relationship, show/movie, thought, idea, conversation, obstacle, everything, but we tend to not do that for very long.

We tend to keep one thought, one idea, one relationship, one thing and it begins to consume us. And we end up sinning against God. See we need to understand that things happen slowly for a reason, impatience gets us nothing but sloppiness. We allow certain things to stay in our land, in our hearts because we didn’t do it God’s way. We didn’t follow the process we jumped ahead, without reading all the instructions. Stop and read… fail, fail again, fail better. Don’t give up. Get stronger, so that at the end of the day there is no wild beast left in your land that can overcome you, so that there is no idol, friendship, relationship, god, idea, or thought that will cause you to sin.

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