March 27, 2012 by Chris French
Today I read thru Joshua 7. The walls around Jericho have already fallen in a spectacular way showing God’s power. After this resounding victory Israel looks at tiny Ai, the next city they’ve got to conquer, and split off a small part of their army, 3,000 warriors, to dispatch this insignificant enemy. Israel loses terribly to the warrior of Ai. The problem? Israel has some stuff that belongs to God! Achan, from the tribe of Judah, stole some of the silver and gold from Jericho and hid it in his things. These are God’s words, “You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you” (NLT).
Do you have anything that belongs to God? Absolutely!
Your eyes belong to God. Job wanted to make sure that his eyes were God’s (Job 31.1).
Your heart belongs to God. Jesus made that pretty clear in Matthew 6.19-21. I steal my heart from God when I focus on getting all the stuff this life can provide.
Your hands and feet belong to God. James 2.14-17 impresses us with the necessity of doing Jesus’ actions, instead of my own.
Even my attitude belongs to God. Paul was clear in Philippians 2.3! I need to put others before myself. They are more important than I.
Have you given these things back to Him or have you stolen it to use for your own purposes?
If you don’t give these things back to God you’re never going to defeat your enemy! Sin is around the next corner waiting to pounce on you. Give back to God what is His and He secures the victory for you!