I’ve been in the book of Joshua this week. There’s so much to learn there, and so much to apply to my life as I see God working in and through His people to conquer the battles they face.
I’m reminded of Numbers chapter 13 when the 12 spies went in to scout out the land. They knew even back then that they’d be up against strong forces of evil. Now, 40 years later they’ve crossed over the Jordan and they’re claiming their God-given land.
As we read about the battle of Jericho, we all remember their conquest that day, but few remember the one man who sinned and how God’s anger burned against Israel.
They were instructed to burn down the entire city, and rather than keeping the spoil for themselves they were ordered to put it into the treasury of the Lord’s house.
In Joshua chapter 7, we read about Achan, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah who decided to keep some of the spoil for himself, and so he hid it beneath his tent. As a result, sin entered the camp and with it came death. It wasn’t until Achan’s sin was brought to light and destroyed that the Israelites were once again strengthened and ready for battle.
With that, I’m reminded of my own life and the little sin I deem harmless. The anger I choose to hold onto, the jealousy that I tend to let grow, the words I let slip off my tongue… And I see that we can’t expect to be winning the battle, as long as we’re hiding our sin.
Just like the Israelites, we’ll have battles to conquer and giants to fight, but until we turn from our sin and give it to God we’ll be losing each battle we face.
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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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