Strong and Courageous | Day Eight

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By: Kate Downing

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Unconfessed sin. It’s like cancer in our hearts and minds and one of THE most dangerous weapons our enemy uses against us. Unconfessed sin gives Satan the legal right to attack us with his lies, condemnation, and discouragement.  Unconfessed sin is a serious matter and it’s what we’ll focus on today as we study Joshua chapter seven. 

But, before we do, let’s pray over these things:

·      Thank the Lord for 3 things.

·      Ask Him to help you see yourself in the story we’ll study today.

·      Ask Him to show you any unconfessed sin in your life and repent of it.

Look back over chapter six and summarize what went down.


Read Joshua 7:1. 

 

Why was God angry with the people?

 

Achan just had to be “that guy” and mess every thing up!  He did exactly what God commanded the people not to do in Joshua 6:18. God had warned them that if they took something out of the city and kept it as their own, they would be cursed. Remember, God was teaching them obedience. And Achan was just about as disobedient as possible. 

 

Read Joshua 7:2-9.

 

What happened as a result of Achan’s sin?

 

How did Joshua respond to the loss of this battle?

 

Read Joshua 7:10-13. 

 

What did God say the people were guilty of in verse 11?

 

“That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction.”  - Joshua 7:12 (Italics mine)

Achan’s sin made the entire people “liable to destruction.” This unconfessed sin in the camp brought God’s people to defeat. That’s mind blowing. And, that’s how destructive unconfessed sin is in our lives. Just like the people were unable to stand against their enemy as long as they had sin in their midst, we cannot stand in strength and courage against our enemy if we have unconfessed sin in our lives. 

Read Joshua 7:19-21.

In the verses just before this, we are told that Joshua had to go tribe by tribe, family by family, in order to identify who it was that had sinned against the Lord.  It doesn’t seem like Achan was very interested in confessing his sin. When he was called before Joshua, the items he had stolen were still buried under his tent. 

What sin does Achan admit to in verse 21? 

 

Coveting is wanting something that is not yours and more specifically becoming obsessed with something or someone that does not belong to you. Achan coveted the items listed in verse 21 so much that he was willing to blatantly disobey God. 

 

Read Joshua 7:22-26.

 

How seriously did Joshua take Achan’s sin?

 

Joshua knew they could not afford to have such blatant disobedience in their camp. God took this offense very seriously and so did Joshua. Sin is not something to take lightly. Sin is the reason we are separated from God. Sin is the reason Jesus died the most painful death imaginable on our behalf. Sin is what can keep us from being strong and courageous. Therefore, we must flee from sin. We must take it seriously and not allow it to remain in our lives.   

Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

 

What sins are you concealing today? 

 

What sins are you excusing as “no big deal”?  Jesus’ death on the cross proves those sins are a big deal.

Repenting of sin means admitting and confessing the sin before God and stopping/giving up/turning away from it. 

As we finish out today pray over and answer these two questions:

1.)   What sins do I need to repent of?  

2.)   What godly adult can I share this with and ask to hold me accountable to not returning to these sins?

Complete this sentence and write it down in your notes or on your phone:

Today, God taught me­­­­ _________________________________________.