“When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them.
You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
[Deuteronomy 7:1-2 NKJV]
The Jebusites are those who 'tread down'; kick out; reject. Those who are not governed, who will trample on and reject anything that comes along, and there are - like all these nations - two ways to look at this. Either we reject or are rejected. The outworking of being rejected (or feeling rejected, whether in actuality or imagined) is that we in turn reject.
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
[Matthew 7:6 NKJV]
The rejection spirit is one that tramples you down and tears you in pieces. You are left alone. Everything has been kicked out, because you walked and continue to walk in fear. You have given what is holy to the dogs; given away your inheritance. But The Lord says that He has cast these nations out, He has delivered them over to us* (through His Holy Spirit we have His strength to overcome), so that we can conquer them and utterly destroy them. Show them no mercy.
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
[Deuteronomy 7:6-8 NKJV]
God is saying to us clearly and unequivocally to reject these many nations that swarm around us intent on our destruction. He has given us the power - by calling on His name - to wage war on the enemy and have full and final victory.
“I’m Gonna Keep On...” - Gaither Vocal Band
OSWALD CHAMBERS - RUN TODAY’S RACE
Friday 19th June 2020
God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to God.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART