April 18, 2011

Today you should read: Joshua 7

The beginning says it all… “But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD” (v.1). We don’t break God’s laws – they break us!

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

Oh, the laws of sowing and reaping… I don’t like them very well – but they are true. If you plant turnips – you don’t get squash!

God is serious about our sin – even if we aren’t. He never jokes about sin. It’s destructive to us, our families, and our church. Just as in the case of Joshua, He often uses tragedy to get our attention about it if His warnings are unheeded. Things like breakups, marriage struggles, health issues, and financial woes.

Every day, we should pray for God to test our hearts – and we should deal with our sin. Never let it build up or your heart will get calloused or deceived.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; 
Try me and know my anxious thoughts and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24

Then, we need to confess the sin that God brings to our attention – repent of it and forsake it (accountability really helps with this!).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:9-10

So… the facts are that we all sin – every day. So we can have it the easy way or the hard way… either we deal with our sin – recognize it and confess it or God must get our attention about it – and that hurts!
How about beginning a pattern of dealing with sin starting today? Your life will change forever!!

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “April 18, 2011”

  1. Thanks TP! It is always better to confess and try to learn and move on than to let it build up. And it’s so true when you say that it not only hurts us but those around us as well. And from learning about all the spiritual gifts, I can definitely see how the “Not Walking with the Spirit” category of attitudes and characteristics in us can be very destructive! May God convict us each and every day so that we don’t stray away from Him.

  2. I find Joshua’s response to Israel’s defeat in this chapter interesting. He tears his clothes, falls facedown before the Ark of The Covenant, remains there til evening and then pours out his heart before God. His immediate seeking of God seems in line but then we see Joshua flesh out the situation in his prayer: He questions God, he questions the ambitions of Israel, he questions the defeat and then he proclaims that their enemies will wipe them out. What he says next is key, “What then will you do for your own great name?” (vs. 9)

    It’s like he saying, “Okay, God, now what? You’ve gotten us into this mess, just exactly what are You going to do now?”.

    Isn’t this such a typical human response? When things get intense and hard we come to God and tell Him how we see things, blame Him for the mess and then ask Him to clean it up.

    Thankfully, God replied quickly to Joshua, revealed the whole truth of the situation to him and exactly what to do about the offense:

    Verse 12 “That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.”

    Joshua’s obedient response to the whole truth got Israel back on track and realigned with God, however this incident must have wreaked havoc on Joshua’s emotions as a leader as we see in the beginning of the next chapter God once again encouraging Joshua to not be afraid or discouraged.

    I wonder, if Joshua’s immediate response had been a request to understand the whole situation from God’s perspective, would it have made a difference. My guess is that it would have at the very least caused Joshua to be more confident in God and less reliant on his own understanding. As I know that for me the more I seek the whole Truth, the less I trust myself to “know” anything. His thoughts and ways are so much greater than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), may we seek them in all that we do.

    This verse stood out

  3. just getting to chap 7. always running behind. Could you imagine if the whole United States were held accountable for the mistakes of one family!!!! We would all be doomed. What a disaster. What if the whole state of Israel were even punished for the mistakes of one family today. As righteous as Israel appears, I feel sure immorality and sin exist in their country today. God should come up with a better system where we are each accountable for our own actions and not dependent on the whole country, tribe or even family for our salvation. Oh, wait, He did that!!!! All we have to do is accept it…
    Thank You God for the New Testament and Your Son!

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