Last week was part 3 of the "Cycles" series. We opened with a worship set that included: "Relentless" (Hillsong United), "Oceans" (Hillsong United), and "Song of Hope" (Robbie Seay Band). After a quick review we got into the message for the night.
We read Judges 2:11-19 that is an overview of the book of Judges. We focused on verses 17 and 19 that tells us that they did not listen to the judges/leaders. We have all been there. We are told to do something, or not do something and we do the opposite. We receive sound advice, but choose to follow our own desires instead. The result is almost always one that leads to regret. The Israelites did not listen to the judges and turned their back on God. Verse 17 specifically says that "they played the harlot after other gods." This is strong language but is necessary for us to see that any sin/disobedience of any type is spiritual adultery against God.
The point made to the students is this: God has placed them under the influence of several godly leaders at our church. Everything that is taught by Sunday School teachers and myself is under the direction from God. It breaks our hearts to see when someone is lifting up ungodly people on a pedestal and seeking to follow them when it is obvious they are being led astray.
We closed with a time of prayer and examination asking ourselves who are the voices that we are listening to. If you are constantly returning to a cycle of sin then there is a good chance that it is because you have not listen to sound advice from godly people in your life.