PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Joshua 7-8
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.” (Joshua 7:13)
These stories teach us how serious and destructive sin and selfishness are.
We are sickened by the violence and death, and yet we are responsible for them.
God chooses to work with sinful humans, and to let them experience what sin causes.
But through it all He is establishing a foothold for grace, hope and rest.
Through flawed and sinful Israel, God steps in through Jesus to overcome evil.
He endures the violence and perversion of human sin, but does not give in to it.
God breaks the cycle of sin and death, and offers us forgiveness and freedom.
Jesus stands up to our enemies for us, so that we can stand up to them with Him.
As Jesus followers, we are not free to indulge, but free to fight sin with His help!
Achan is an example of someone taking advantage of grace, and harbouring sin.
Achan’s specific sin what greed… what is your specific secret sin?
Do I realize what this sin does to me, my family, and those around me (like Achan’s sin)?
I cannot succeed in life, or experience victory, as long as I am hiding sin in my heart.
Jesus wants to help me overcome, but He cannot help me if I am not cooperating.
Lord, help me not to give in like Achan, and make excuses for why I give in to my sin. Show me the devastating effect of my sin, and help me to stand up against it!