Foreign gods are foreign to God.
A large portion of the things traditionally accepted or tolerated in the Christian churches of the world are things foreign to God. Anything foreign to God is from a foreign god. We cannot continue to live in the great blessings of God nor can we enter into the great season of the kingdom of God while continuing to give portions of our lives to other gods – to things foreign to God.
The time we are now entering is very much like the time of Joshua preparing the people to fully occupy the Promised Land.
Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God (Joshua 24:1).
In the first thirteen verses of Chapter 24 of the “Book of Joshua,” Joshua gathers the people and reminds them of all that God had done for them in bringing them through all the victories and blessing to the good place where they are at the time.
Here in the USA and in much of the world, God has blessed us in the same way through many victories and prosperous life. Also like the people of Israel in Joshua’s day we have become a mixture of worshiping the true God and other gods that are foreign to God. Much of what the church adjusted to in centuries past and especially in this day is foreign to God.
Beginning in verse 14 Joshua dialogs with the group and brings a strong word from God. I believe that this word is again coming forth from God to us in this hour. God is speaking a strong word of correction in preparation for the season ahead – a word of whole-hearted commitment to the true God and of completely putting the foreign gods away from us. There are many things that Christian people are attracted to and attached to both in the church religious systems and in the world that are totally foreign to God.
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River in Egypt. Serve the Lord! (Joshua 24:14).
It is NOT always good to continue to follow all of the traditions of our fathers that were on the other side of the river from where we are now and where we are going. The Lord is moving His people toward a greater kingdom revelation and expression than our forefathers had in the past. Some of the teachings and limitations from the past that have been carried forwarded firmly in religious church people are foreign to God and must be purged. God can remove what is not of him and return that which is of Him if we will simply lay all our beliefs and practices down at His feet and allow Him to give us back only what is not foreign to Him.
I can well imagine the dialog between Joshua and the people in the following verses being replicated today between God and many individuals and groups.
(15) And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (16) So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; (17) for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed (Joshua 24:15-17).
The response to their statement of faithful commitment must have been very shocking to them as it possibly would be unto many people today. They were told straight out that they could not serve God, and that He would turn and do them harm after doing them good. Through Joshua, God said that He would consume them if they turned from Him and continued to serve foreign gods.
But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins, if you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, for then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!”
So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.”
And they said, “We are witnesses!”
Joshua said,“Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.”
And they said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” (Joshua 24:19-24).
The message is clearly to believers. Joshua was not talking to strangers. He was talking to the people of God.
We have been greatly blessed of God, and now as we prepare to enter into the age of the greater fullness of the k
We have been greatly blessed of God, and now as we prepare to enter into the age of the greater fullness of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, it is imperative that we turn from our involvement with everything in our lives that is foreign to God. The Holy Spirit of God is here to help us discern our foreign gods and their effects in our lives. The grace empowerment of God stands ready to empower us to put away every residue of all that is foreign to God in our lives.
Nations, tribes, groups, and individuals that have served God, but now continue to serve other gods, will soon encounter the harm and consuming of God. Even now the nations and the people are beginning to experience the inevitable results of turning from the one true God. It is the nation whose God is the Lord that will prosper.