Cycle of Sin – Victory For Us & Our Children
Last week we looked at passing down our faith to the next generation. In our exploration of Judges we see that this was not done well.
- The tribes of Israel were commanded to conquer all the people inside of the promised land.
- This was hard work and Violent.
- Seven of the 12 tribes did not completely conquer their areas.
Why would God ask them to kill all the other people living in the land?
- Doesn’t God love people?
- Why would he hate these people so much that he would have them all killed?
The problem was not in God’s lack of love.
- The problem is in the effect these people would have on future generations.
Numbers 33:55-56 “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. 56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.”
They became a stumbling block that shows a clear pattern, repeating 7 times as we read through the book of Judges.
Here is the “Cycle of SIN”:
- Rebel so God sends an oppressor
- Cry out to God for help
- God sends a savior
- Victory is won
- Peace in the land
- The savior dies and the next generation forgets
We do this exact same thing.
- We have something that is a stronghold in our life.
- We ask God for help.
- We have a season of victory
- We end up back where we started and sometimes it is even worse
A small observation that I have noticed:
- The things that I have allowed in my life that are not godly characteristics are the things that my children pick up and apply to their lives.
- Thus my own weaknesses become a stumbling block for my children.
Remember they have a sinful nature too.
OT Kings and their sons who passed on righteousness
- David had Solomon
- Asa had Jehoshaphat
- Joash, Amaziah, Uzziah, Jotham
What the Israelites did well at:
- Cried out to God
- Rose to fight when they had good leadership
What they did poorly at:
- Forgot what the previous generation did for their freedom
- Failed to keep up the righteous life when good leader dies
Keys to breaking the cycle of sin:
- Know that God opens doors when we cry out for help
- Recognize that God often times brings an answer that is different than what you were expecting
- Ehud – Disabled
- Deborah – Woman
- Gideon – Simple farmer and afraid
- Sampson – Immoral
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
It is important for us all to realize that we are all tempted.
- We have a sinful desire dwelling within us that wants to be fed.
- Our sinful desire does not want to trust or surrender to God
- We all have it and our kids all have it.
Here is what the passage tells us:
- Your temptation is common to man
- God is faithful
- He will help you
- He will provide a way out
WE NEED TO CRY OUT TO GOD FOR HELP SO THAT WE CAN PASS DOWN A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION.