Please read Judges 1 – 3…
“And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” Judges 3:4 (KJB)
How the enemy gets his foot in our door, and into the house is evident from the reading of the morning.
It begins in an unbelieving heart; not believing what God has said, not practicing what He says, and teaching of the children is neglected (Judges 2:10); for they did not know the LORD.
These [children] not only neglected to rid the land and cities they had conquered of their evil inhabitants, but began practicing their evil religion and worshiped the false gods of the land. It is a good thing to know that God will work in and with His children in disciplining them to get them where He desires them to be. It proves that they are indeed the children of GOD.
Let us rejoice that God chastises us because He loves us – the children through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Blessed and Holy Son of God (Hebrews 12:5-8). Let us cut our the enemy (1 Corinthians 11:31).
God does love us as we are; but He loves us too much to leave us the way we are. (Borrowed from a quotation).