Day 5: Stolen Goods

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Joshua Chapter 7
The story is a sad one. Somehow, Achan wasn’t fully prepared to be consecrated. It cost him and his family their fortunes, their standing with God, and their lives. Ironically, their desire to better their life in their own way, conflicted with God’s command to do it His way. It often does.
God’s way was to burn to destruction everything that they had found in Jericho. But the faith of the people of Isreal faltered due, in part, to the sin of stealing that which had been devoted to destruction. Clearly, Achan could see no reason to destroy perfectly good items from Jericho. God on the other hand, calls this “a violation of covenant.” The results? Defeat in battle, the removal of God’s blessing, and the fearful lack of faith.
Consecration is the word that is used here to describe these devoted things; they are God’s. To do with them, in a way that violates God’s purpose for them, is destruction for you and I. We must honor the Lord with what He has laid claim to. How can I ask God to bless my spending if I refuse to obey His commands for my finances? How can I ask God to bless my weekend, if I choose to spend it without regard to the worship of God? How can I ask God to bless my body when I engage in sexuality outside my marriage?
To be consecrated, is to be under obligation to God’s way. The world would tell us that these are not big deals, these little disobediences. Even some in the church would declare God as a God of grace and mercy, and somehow forget what He feels in Joshua 7. Achan found out the hard way.
The Consecrated Soul is a life that invites the blessing of God. It is a living challenge to God’s blessing and it is the kind of life that God loves to bless. Here we are God, consecrating ourselves to Your Purpose, Your Plan, Your Way. We will follow You. Give us victory over our enemies, and confidence in the face of the fight, for we are Your people.

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