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Joshua 7:19-21
New International Version(NIV)

19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia,[a] two hundred shekels[b] of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,[c] I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”


1) Surprising and strange defeats can always be traced back to secret sins Psalms 139:23-24

2) Very private sin can lead to public consequences Hebrews 12:15, Joshua 7:18-19

3) Temptations, lies, blinds us to reality and deafens us to the consequences  Joshua 7:21

4) Sweeping acts of disobedience(sin) calls for severe punishment Joshua 7:25

When we face defeat, we must face the sin that holds us back from following God, then and only then will defeat become a thing of the past.  Yet we must not confuse times of testing with defeat.  When we follow God and realize the truth, we will never again taste true defeat!  Romans 8:31, Psalms 118:5-6

Neo... November 25, 2011(originally written July 5, 2002)