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Yes! Father we exalt you, we bless You for great are works. Let the living Praise the Lord, I will praise Him with all my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation. He works are honorable and glorious; and his righteousness endureth forever. He provide meat unto then that fear him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. Psalms 111:2-9 (KJV)
Great indeed are His works. Beloved, good morning how are doing today? Hope beautiful? Good, a little more on yesterday ministration. The life you are thinking is yours today, a day will come when you will be call to give account of it. When temptation comes our way, the Word of God we know is what set us free. On the Day of Judgment, you will also be judge base on the Word of God. So we must not be careless the way we live rather we must be careful to live a stewardship life. Praise God!
The topic of today is considering a man you assumed it is his life. The result of his action did not affect only him but the whole land of Israel until Joshua inquired of the Lord who instructed him on what to do and Achan was discovered to be the troubler of the Israelite that led to his death together with his entire family and livestock. Beloved, one man sin destroyed his lineage.
We must learn to live in obedience to the Word of God. Join me to discover that just as one man’s blessings can translate to generational blessings likewise his causes can.
“Go and consecrate the people. Tell them to consecrate themselves tomorrow, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘There are among you, Israel, things set apart. You will not be able to stand against your enemies until you remove what is set apart.’”—Joshua 7:13
Just as the obedience of one Christian can bring blessing to others, the sin of one Christian can bring harm to many others. The children of Israel were rapidly advancing into the Promised Land. They had experienced a miraculous victory over the city of Jericho, and they were continuing toward their next conquest. To their surprise they met decisive defeat as they attempted to capture the small town of Ai. They sought God’s explanation for their failure, and He provided it. He revealed that someone among them had disobeyed His clear command not to keep any possession from Jericho.
The disobedience of one man and his family had paralyzed an entire nation! Achan thought he could conceal his sin and it would not affect anyone else. God chose to demonstrate the destructive power of one sin to His people. One act of disobedience cost Achan and his family their lives. It caused his countrymen to lose the battle; innocent soldiers were killed. His sin had serious repercussions for others, denying them the blessing, power, and victory of God.
Your sin will have an impact on others. Choosing to disobey God may cost your family God’s blessing. The power of God may be absent from your church because you are living in disobedience. Your friends may suffer because you are not living righteously. Diligently seek to obey every word from God, for you do not know how your disobedience could affect those around you. Scripture promises that if you will obey the Lord, your life will be a channel of blessing to others (Ps. 37:25–26).
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The Ripple Effects Of Sin
Yesterday, a close friend shared the living hell in his marriage, and the constant pressure he felt to seek companionship elsewhere. Over the years he has made a noble effort to salvage a tragic situation. But to no avail. Every instinct within me says, “Leave. You don‘t deserve this. Find someone who will love you and help you raise your children in a sane environment. Get a life!“
Then in my devotions this morning, I read of David’s sin with Bathsheba. Amazingly, at that juncture, David was at the apex of his career: Powerful. Loved by his people. Magnanimous. And lounging instead of warring. (2 Samuel 9:1-10:1, 2a; chapter 11)
What really caught my eye in the narrative was the number of people affected by David’s sin:
- Bathsheba – Morally corrupted; lost a husband and baby. (2 Samuel 11:26; 12:24)
- Uriah – Bathsheba’s husband whom David had killed in battle. (2 Samuel 11:6–21)
- David and Bathsheba’s baby – Whose life God took. (2 Samuel 12:19-21)
- Abimelech – Died unnecessarily in battle alongside Uriah. (2 Samuel 11:21)
- David – Committed adultery and murder. Hypocritical. Suffered multiple family tragedies. Weakened as a leader. (Psalm 32; 2 Samuel 12:19-21; 13:23-29, 37-17:29; 15:13-19a)
- Joab – David’s Chief of Staff: Corrupted; committed murder. (2 Samuel 11:6-21; 18:14, 15)
- Nathan – The Prophet, whom God commissioned to expose David’s sin. (2 Samuel 12)
- Tamar – David’s daughter, who was raped by her brother Amnon. (2 Samuel 13:1-22)
- Amnon – Murdered by Absalom’s men for the rape of Tamar. (2 Samuel 13:23-29)
- Absalom – Committed murder, insurrection, and fornication. Was estranged from David. Murdered by Joab. (2 Samuel 14,15,18; 16:21, 22)
- Ahithophel – Bathsheba’s father: Rebelled against David. Committed suicide. (2 Samuel 16:20–17:23)
- David’s wives, concubines and children – (2 Samuel 5:13-16; 16:21, 22; 1 Samuel 25:42-44)
- David’s fighting men – Humiliated and weakened. (2 Samuel 19:5-8)
- The Nation – Weakened, and ultimately divided. (2 Samuel 19:9-15a, 40-43; 20:1, 2; 1 Kings 11, 12)
Little did David realize the price tag for his adulterous action. In his delusion, he thought he could cover it up, failing to realize the Scripture’s warning, “You may be sure that your sin will find you out… A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction… ” (Numbers 32:23b; Galatians 6:8a)
Perhaps a worthwhile exercise for us would be to jot down the names of the people who would be adversely affected if we were to fall into sin. Then we should ask the question as to whether the immediate gratification would be worth the long-term consequences? I rather doubt that it would! What do you think?
Beloved, remember our discussion on the law of sowing and reaping. The word of God standeth sure. Whatsoever a man sow, same will he reap. Achan disobey God’s word and it took everything about his life. David sin has grievous effects in his entire household and Israel as well. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 6:23).
Beloved, we must learn from the above lesson that nothing is hidden from God. You hide your sin from men to see but you cannot hide it from God. The Word of God is clear on sin therefore we must stay off it.
Let us live pursing righteousness and it will be well with us the Lord provide meat for the righteous. So live right and enjoy generational blessing.
Remain blessed in the Lord.