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How Soon We Forget

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By Lisa Nordell-Detres

There are several recurring themes throughout the Old Testament, one of which is the recount of the miraculous Exodus from Egypt. It seems hard to believe that the Children of Israel soon forgot the trauma of being enslaved in a foreign land, as well as the miracles that God demonstrated to secure their release. In order to help them stay focused on the greatness of Jehovah God, the judges, prophets and priests reminded them of the Exodus over and over again. Within a generation or so, the people forgot their history, time and time again.

I used to ponder how people could forget the lessons they learned in life, but then realized that the example set for us by the ancient nation of Israel is not different from the way we stray over time from our own important life lessons. Things start going well, or not; and we fall right back into the same old habits that caused our downfall before. “I’ll do it smarter this time, I learned how not to get caught!” This exercise in insanity is so common to humanity that the Writer of Proverbs had this to say, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11, NKJV) If you have ever owned a dog, you know exactly what this means!

Life lesson amnesia is yet another reason why it is important to spend time each day with God. Staying centered on our Loving Creator daily is a great way to prevent repeated mistakes in our lives that cause us so much pain and suffering. Yes, we can make poor choices that lead to our own misery. The first thing needed to get out of the cycle of failure is to take responsibility for your own choices and stop blaming everybody else. The next thing to do is to humble yourself before God, ask for His forgiveness (He loves to forgive) and then to ask Him for wisdom to make better choices in the future. God also loves to hand out wisdom. James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (NKJV)

Ask God to pile on the wisdom and He will, just like that!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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God Fights Our Battles

Commander of Gods Army

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

I am reading through the Bible in chronological order this year and today, the Children of Israel had finally crossed over into Canaan, the Promised Land after wandering in the desert for 40 years. The older generation who had come out of slavery from Egypt just couldn’t get the concept of following God without complaining and were not allowed into what would become Israel, not even Moses. Joshua, Caleb and the younger generation were preparing to take over Jericho, the first fortified city in the path of the millions of God’s people.

God had promised His people that if they trusted Him and obeyed His commandments, He would go before them and drive out the people who lived in the land of Canaan. In Joshua 5:13-15, Moses successor, Joshua, was preparing his army to attack Jericho the next day and was out surveying the city. He looked up and saw a Man with sword drawn. Joshua asked Him whose side He was on and He said that He was the Commander of God’s army. Joshua fell on his face and worshiped the pre-incarnate Christ. During the following week, Joshua led his army in obedience to God’s instruction to the first of many miraculous victories in favor of Israel.

I get chills thinking about how the forces of God’s army, led by our Savior, Jesus Christ, are  fighting our battles every day. All we need to do is to trust God to take care of us and to follow His instructions in the Bible. We are reminded of God’s power in our lives in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” This is a mantra that we can carry with us every single day. There is no need to live in fear, to be in fight mode, or to worry about the future when we belong to the Commander of God’s army!

What are you waiting for? Go claim your victory over your battles in God’s name!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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