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  1. “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”

    When self-interest is the driver in our lives, it is all too easy to justify your own beliefs and actions. We are easily deceived by ourselves. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the community of believers and we need to interact with and listen to our “community of faith”.

    The NT church and our own Pioneers gave us strong examples of studying together to solve problems. In the early church, the move from a studying community to a hierarchical organisation that determined belief for others, ultimately led to the development of the papacy.

    I quoted Paul the other day about “working out our own salvation”. When we as a community of believers work together, we are fulfilling that plan. And sometimes it takes time to solve problems - the “working together” experience is often more important than the solution.

  2. Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
    There was no king in Israel? Really?
    1 Samuel 18:7 And the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king.
    They genuinely felt they did the right thing but it was measured according their own eyes.
    There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12)
    What is our measuring stick of right and wrong?

  3. Today's lesson also outlines yet another key awareness and understanding in the Bible that has significant implications.

    Prior to Gen 3, Adam and Eve both absolutely trusted God. And God wanted them to know, understand and follow the ways that would maintain and expand their abundant life. Harmonious unity was a hallmark of this abundant life.

    So God communed with Adam and Eve to educate them in regard to the principles (laws of operation) of reality so they could make sound choices to live in harmony with (ie 'obedience' to) these principles and reap the associated inherent benefits of abundant life. In so doing, they would be living life as it was intended by God to be. Living in this way is termed "righteousness" - meaning being in harmony with the way things are supposed to be.

    Sadly, in Gen 3, Eve gave too much consideration to the insinuations that Satan suggested - that perhaps God was holding her back from experiencing an even more exalted stated of existence. And as Eve continued pondering, she moved away from trusting that God had her absolute best interests at heart and that He was telling her the truth about how life and reality was best lived. Instead, Eve moved to making her own assessment of reality - a assessment from a self-referenced base. She trusted her own judgement over God's. And she concluded that she would be advantaged by doing the opposite of what God had suggested.

    So, Eve's heart (ie, core) motive changed from other-focused trust and living in harmony with God-revealed truth to mistrust and a self-referenced perspective. This mistrust and self-referenced perspective resulted in Eve instead living in harmony with what seemed right in her own eyes. Unfortunately, doing this meant that Eve was out of harmony with how abundant life reality works - and can only work. Eve soon discovered that, in doing what seemed right in her own eyes, she had inadvertently disconnected herself from life. And a cascading array of impacts leading to death was unleashed. As Solomon later stated, there is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death (Prov 14:12).

    Reality offers us each two options:

    1) Live in harmony with (ie 'obedience') that which alone is capable of sustaining abundant life - the kind of life that God intended us to inhabit (ie, righteousness). This could be considered doing what is right in God's eyes.

    2) Live out of harmony with (ie, 'disobedience'), and therefore disconnected from, that which alone is capable of sustaining abundant life. Living in this way is termed 'sin' - the transgression of the laws that promote and sustain abundant life and living. This is what the bible describes as doing what seems right in our own eyes.

  4. True indeed our desire for God must be great. Our behaviour and the way we represent ourselves in public, to our neighbours must be Christ way. If we obey God almighty and what he require us to do, definitely a lot of souls will be converted.

  5. Why was God angry with the Israelites? Because they were naughty and disobeyed?
    No! it was because they worshiped the pagan gods.

    We perpetuate the misunderstanding of God when we give the impression that our outward actions are more important than a sanctified heart to God.

    Jdg 2:11-15  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:  12  And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.  13  And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.  14  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.  15  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.

  6. Everything which man sees is right in his own eyes but as Christians we need to do what is right in the eyes of God.That is why 1cor 10:31-32Nkjv comes in by saying Therefore whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,do all to the glory of God.Not to the glory of your self.32.Give no offence, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the Church of God.
    In vs 32 tells that before you do it ask your self how will it appear to the Jews? How will it appear to people outside the church? How will it appear before Christ's Church and that is before Christ himself?

    part 2
    according to Judges 17:6 tells how leadership is important in a Church,many call them our spiritual guardians and they are responsible to Shepherd the folk 1pet 5:2- and ROM 13 counsels us to give them full respect not to give our leaders hard time by doing what pleases us.
    so a church without leadership will never stand instead it is divided because everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes without any guidance from God and that will be the end

  7. Only when we as God's people Begin to be faithful to all the light given to us, we will be a positive influence on those that don't know the truth. We don't become a positive influence by copying their worldly worship style, dress, music, preaching methods, etc., but by following all the truth given to us in the bible and in the spirit of prophecy. May God bless us and help us to be faithful to him.

    Esther Moran

  8. Each lesson so far continues to reveal the reasons for disunity is because of the lack of the "love of the truth!" It is the LOVE of the TRUTH that truly unites God's people. It is TRUTH that sets us free not love. When one does a word search throughout Scripture we find the word "unity" only three times. Here they are:

    Psa_133:1  A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

    Eph_4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    Eph_4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    The word translated "faith" in verse 13 also means "belief." Unity of what we BELIEVE!!

    • Dan,

      I saw in a previous post your inclusion of Amos 3:3 ..Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

      I use that verse all of the time when addressing disunity.

      Another support verse is..

      "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 JN 1:7

      Notice fellowship is among those who walk in the light....and that phrase "walk in the light" needs to be explained.

      Sooo, unity is for like minded (cognitive) and those who obey/behave.

      So many want the superficial unity of ..respectfully disagreeing, saying unity is not uniformity...etc.

      What are they united under? An institution?

      • An ‘institution’ is meeting this very weekend over the issue of proposed measures to ensure ‘unity’ via uniformity of all departments and members being cognitively like-minded and in behavioral obedience.

      • That is my point! Ever since the book "Questions on Doctrines" was published back in the 1950's we as a church have become more and more fragmented, being blown about by every wind of doctrine! There is an old military term that certainly applies because we ARE in a war - "Divide and conquer."

        This whole "love" thing sounds more and more like a Tony Palmer approach - "Hey we will just let God sort it all out when we get there!" The world needs TRUTH, a TRUTH that truly unites us and this will ONLY happen when WE submit completely to Christ, NOT my will but YOUR will LORD!

  9. Thank you Daniel for sharing, Amen to what you said, only the LOVE OF THE TRUTH unite's us in unity and set's us free. Also to add this scripture in Galatian 5-22,23,25. When we have the FRUIT' OF GOD'S SPIRIT AND WALK IN HIS SPIRIT we are able to have unity. Because GOD only teache's LOVE.


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