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