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Drastic Measures
1/25/2018

Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. Joshua 7:11 (NKJV)

I have seen many families destroyed because of poor choices. I don’t think many people think about the real consequences of their poor choices when they are in the midst of being tempted, because they are just too focused on what is tempting them.  Unfortunately a person’s sin has a way of mocking them, and it can continue to cause damage throughout their lives along with the lives of those around them.

In the Book of Joshua there is a story of a man named Achan.  Achan decided to keep some of the spoils from the battle of Jericho, despite God’s command not to do this. To be specific, Achan was enticed by a garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing an additional fifty shekels. 

Because of Achan’s sin Israel lost their next battle, because God decided to withdraw His favor, protection, and blessings from them.  The result of Achan’s sin had already begun to take its toll, as many lives were lost in the battle. It didn’t stop there either, as Joshua was commanded to take Achan and his entire family out of the camp where they were to be stoned to death.

Get up, sanctify the people, and say, “Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.” Joshua 7:13 (NKJV)

God would not bless them until they had exercised His judgment and taken the objects of sin and removed them from the midst of His people.  It may seem like drastic measures, but God was showing Israel, and us today, just how damaging sin can be. 

We can learn much from this needless tragedy, including understanding the gravity and potential consequences of our sin.  When we disobey our Lord, choosing instead to insist on doing what we know to be wrong, we will lose our blessing, and it can cost us dearly.  Our family will be affected as well. 

Q: How should this story affect us today?

It should cause us to understand the gravity and potential consequences of our sin.  We should remove anything from our midst we know to be wrong. 

Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor. Proverbs 14:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think about these things today.  Make it your heart's desire to walk in newness of life.  Choose to inspect your life and willingly remove anything causing you — or others — to stumble in their Christian walk — even if it takes drastic measures.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our sin according to the Scriptures contained in this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your midst you know needs to be disposed of?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord to ask Him if there is anything you have, or are doing that you need to eliminate in your life.

PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your guidance and wisdom.  Show me those sinful things I need to get out from my midst. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott 

 

 


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