by Stan Coffey

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A Nation without a Conscience (1 of 10)
Series: Bringing America Back to God
Dr. Stan Coffey
Judges 1:1-2

How many of you believe that America has gotten away from God? I think that's about 100 percent. How many of you would like to see America come back to God? All of us would. Israel had gotten away from God, and yet there was hope. Judges is not a very happy book, and yet it is not without hope. Because there is a message of hope; there is a message of encouragement; there is a message of blessing in Judges. I believe there are many parallels between the people of Israel during the days of the book of Judges and America today. Under Joshua (the book preceding Judges) Israel had been mightily blessed and used of God. God have given them victory after victory after victory. The Lord had blessed them; He had brought them into the Promised Land; He had given them a great conquest; He had confirmed His promises after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Now they were in the land that God had given to them. You would think that after all the blessing that God had placed upon them that they would have been grateful, that they could not possibly have turned away from God. But it's a spiritual principle that whenever God's blessings have been poured out upon a church, upon an individual, upon a family, upon a nation, that it's easy to become complacent, it's easy to become satisfied. I believe that this is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel.

''After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, 'Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?' And the Lord answered, 'Judah is to go: I have given the land into their hands''' (Judges 1:1-2). In other words, the battle for freedom was not over. The battle for freedom in America is not over. It's never over. The battle for the Word of God is never over. The Bible says we are to be sober; we are to be vigilant. Because the devil is ''a roaring lion, walketh about, seekin ...

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