Summary: God is a faithful God but He hates one thing- the lifestyle of Sin. This three letter words tie the hands of God. It makes Him to be in opposition against one He should protect.
THE ERRORS OF ACHAN – PART 1
God is a faithful God but He hates one thing- the lifestyle of Sin. This three letter words tie the hands of God. It makes Him to be in opposition against one He should protect. It makes one beatable. Once sin is dealt with, victory and lasting result is guaranteed. It brings trouble and must not be allowed in the camp of any child of God or children of God. This was seen in the life of the Israelites when a man, violated the commandment of God and a nation of few people defeated them.
“But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the devoted thing; for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the devoted thing: and the anger of Jehovah was kindled against the children of Israel”
The Israel nation defeated Jericho and had a little nation called Ai to conquer as they are heading to the promised land. After the conquest of Jericho, God gave out a commandment to obey- but it was violated by one man called Achan. The Lord was with Joshua and his fame was noised through all that country, so the forgoing chapter ends, and it left no room to doubt but that he would go on as he had begun conquering and to conquer. He did right and observed his orders in everything. But the children of Israel committed a trespass, and so set God against them, and then even Joshua’s name and fame, his wisdom and courage, could do them no service. ‘Achan’, in the camp must be dealt with.
Facts to Note;
a. God cannot be mocked.
He says what He means and means what He says ( Joshua 6:17-18)
c. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of all seeing God.
He takes note of every activities, here on the earth He created.
d. Not mindful of your background is a great flaw. (Achan came from Judah)
e. Underrating the enemy when in iniquity is inviting disaster
f. The yesterday’s anointing is not enough for today's battle.
There is always a need for a next level. There is need for daily consecration & commitment.
Defeating Jericho doesn't mean Ai was a wipe out.
g. Disobedience to God makes disaster and humiliation possible.
YOUR DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD;
a. Takes you away from the presence of God- Genesis 3:24
b. Procures Divine punishment – Deuteronomy 28:15
c. Makes God to allow your enemy to attack - Exodus 23:21
d. Brings heavy curse - Deuteronomy 11:28
e. Makes one to be few - Deuteronomy 28:62
f. Makes your journey of destiny far - Joshua 5:6
g. Raises a serious question- Judges 2:2
h. Presents human’s best, God’s worst - 1 Samuel 8:9-18
I. Invites the hand of God for judgement - 1 Samuel 12:15
j. De-robes one- 1 Samuel 15:26
THE THERAPY AGAINST DISOBEDIENCE;
1. Take God and His Word seriously
2. Never take a stand with one who hates God.
3. Be conscious of yourself always, ( know who you are)
4. Pursue God always
5. Give no room to Satan & flesh ( they will leave you when you need them)
6. Before anything, think consequences first.
7. Resolve to stand for God alone.