BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY
Thursday, May 17, 2018
THE SIN OF ACHAN
But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them.
Before the attack on Jericho, God instructed Joshua to command the people to keep away from all the silver and gold, the articles of bronze and iron as they were sacred to the Lord. Joshua warned them that taking anything devoted to God would not only bring destruction on them, but on the entire nation. A man named Achan disobeyed and consequently, what should have been an easy victory over the region of Ai ended in defeat with the Israelites retreating in fear.
Sin always starts with desire. When we entertain a desire for something outside of the will of God, it soon develops a life of its own, and will not take long for its pull to become stronger than our will to resist. One o the big lies we can go on believing is that we can handle it, but we find ourselves taking every measure to hide it.
Sin is toxic and actively destructive. t will spread and hoers like a dark cloud over our heads until it is brought in the open, confessed and dealt with. The judgment on Achan is sobering and a poignant reminder of how sin grieves God. If we are harboring sin, especially persistent sin, we need to come to the cross of Christ, who bore our sin and makes available cleansing, healing, forgiveness and redemption. Humble repentance is what touches the heart of God and ignites His power within us to deal with sin.
Lord Jesus, though these stories are unsettling to read, they are good reminders of how desperately we need You to keep from falling. Thank You for being the source of our security and holiness. Amen
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