You are God’s action character! Are you in character?
Joshua 7 /Proverbs 2 /1Corinthians 7-9
Joshua 7:10-12 But the LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen the things that I commanded to be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them; they have also lied about it and hidden the things among their belongings. That is why the Israelites are running from their enemies in defeat. For now Israel has been set apart for destruction. I will not remain with you any longer unless you destroy the things among you that were set apart for destruction.
Proverbs 2:2-12 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose speech is corrupt.
9:24-27 Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
OT Flash Points
Achan is seduced by the spoil marked for destruction
So he and all his people and stuff was destroyed
This theft and deception cost the lives of 36 warriors and the defeat at Ai
“Listen to my instructions and I’ll take care of you”
“Disobey and you won’t make it”
NT Flash Points
Bring holiness wherever you are
Devoted without reservation to the Law of Christ – sacrificial love
Get the Prize!
Concentrate – uncover the devil and his works
Erect God’s standard
Lift Jesus up and he will draw all people unto Himself