Then Joshua said to Achan, “Why have you brought trouble on us? The Lord will now bring trouble on you.” And all the Israelites stoned Achan and his family and burned their bodies. They piled a great heap of stones over Achan, which remains to this day. That is why the place has been called the Valley of Trouble ever since. So the Lord was no longer angry.
Joshua 7:25-26 NLT
Joshua’s only defeat in the Promised Land was Ai. They lost the first battle for Ai because Achan took some gold, silver, and a robe when they conquered Jericho. God had specifically told Israel that everything in Jericho belonged to the Lord and all the gold and silver were to be put in the treasury of the Lord.
When God points out who was guilty of sin, Achan confesses to his sin. Joshua and Israel stone him and his family in the valley of Achor—which is called the Valley of Trouble.
Because of Joshua’s actions of cleansing the nation of sin, “the Lord was no longer angry.” From that moment forward, Joshua never lost a battle. He defeated Ai and then took on five kings at once and kept going until he had completely conquered the land.
Once we deal with sin in our lives, we become available for the favor and blessings of God. As long as we tolerate or make excuses for the sin, we limit God from being able to work in and through us. We must be careful that we don’t tolerate sin in our lives. We must open our hearts daily for the Holy Spirit to inspect us.
I am reminded the worst sin is pride. The feeling of spiritual pride is horrible. Thinking we are better than others or that God is lucky to have us is a horrible sin. We must always remind ourselves that it is by God’s grace, we are saved.
Holy Spirit, please check my heart today. Forgive me for any known sin and empower me to repent and turn away from sin. Reveal to me any hidden sin and cleanse my life.
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