Temptation is all around us. If we give into temptation, we sin. And sin stops the momentum of the Lord’s work in our lives. In the book of Joshua, chapter 7, there is an example of how sin will stop progress in our relationship with God.
The Israelites had already conquered Jericho. This would’ve been impossible without the power of God on their side. They were able to do the impossible in shouting the walls of Jericho down. Now they go up against a less-formidable Ai, near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel. But Ai sent them running after 36 Israelites were killed. God told Joshua why this happened and gave him instruction to get rid of the problem.
Joshua 7:20-21 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
It came down to Achan and his family who had disobeyed and sinned against the Lord when they took some Babylonian goods. Achan’s confessions illustrates the four steps to sin:
- He saw – Temptation usually starts with something that’s seen.
- He coveted – We are tempted to want what we see.
- He took – We are tempted to partake in the sin.
- He hid – Then we’re tempted to hide what we did, which means we’re unrepentant of the sin we committed.
All ways remember if we get caught up and commit a sin. Repent! Because He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)