"And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him...But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord : and be sure your sin will find you out."
(Numbers 32:21, 23 KJV)
The book of Numbers in our Holy Bible relates the victories that the Lord God had given Joshua and the Israelites as Moses led them across the land toward Canaan. After Moses died, God told Joshua to be of "good courage" and do as God told him. So they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan and they took Jericho, a large fortified city. Then they came to a little city called Ai who had a small army and Joshua was soundly defeated. God had assured Joshua that, if they kept God's commandments, Our Awesome God would be with them and they would win. What went wrong?
The children of Israel had a small hidden problem (Joshua 7:1). The problem became noticeable when Joshua sent 3,000 troops against the little city of Ai. Although this should have been enough to easily defeat Ai's small army, the Israelites fled before them. Joshua had no idea why this happened. Then Our Awesome God revealed that a man named Achan had taken an "accursed thing" from the sacking of Jericho and hidden it in his tent (Joshua 7:11). Only after the small hidden problem was found and taken care of could Israel go on to win the Promised Land.
We need to remember, small hidden problems must be brought to the surface and dealt with because of the damage and consequences they cause. Our Awesome God knows that we did wrong and we need to take care of the hidden problem before we go on. Do you have those "small problems" in your life? The "hidden problems" may consist of cursing aloud or in your thoughts, it may be taking things that don't belong to you, it may be pride, it could be envy, etc. but check what you think and do with what God wants, then change anything He would not want. Small "hidden things" can grow or just may be a big problem with God. All sins are large to God.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for a Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesday, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
(Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)
How many faulty humans have problems that are called the three H's, "hurts, hang-ups and/or habits"? We all do and we are enablers of them, sometimes. We all have character defects that cause us to sin against Our Awesome God, others and ourselves. We have character defects such as denial which is a self protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth, fear, dishonesty which is lying, cheating or stealing, not upright in our dealings with people, greed, false pride, hate, anger, gossiping, hoarding, criticizing, over scheduling our lives, and sarcasm are a few. But there are many more defects that we use to keep us from stopping and analyzing why we do things that are not pleasing to God.
We can deny that we feel or do any of the character defects for years but we know our relationship with Our Awesome God is not as good as it should be if we do. Eventually, God slows us up and we realize we have a bad habit to overcome if we are to mature as Christians. Even though we are Christians, we have sinned against God and others by ignoring those character defects. We need God's help to stop and get out of denial and our "hang-ups". But if you don't believe in Our Awesome God, you need to learn more about Him and His Salvation because to permanently get rid of these hurts, hang-ups and habits, both the Christian and the non-Christian are going to need God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
You may say you don't do any of these sins but do you help or enable others to do any of these things? Find a Celebrate Recovery Program to understand how you can actually help these people and/or yourself overcome these problems and get closer to Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a Bible believing, encouraging church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. Our God is an Awesome God! READ our website 9/05/15 for #2 Our Denial. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill