Our Covenant Responsibility And Accountability
They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground. O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever? Have respect to the covenant; For the dark places of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty. - Psalms 74:7, 10, 20
Every covenant responsibility goes with accountability. One of the reasons why there are failures and regrets in life is due to the wrong notion that once we are blessed, we are blessed and there is nothing required on our part to stay blessed. That is a great delusion.
You can hear the Psalmist complaining as if God had failed Israel, as the senior partner in the covenant with Abraham. When you read through those verses, it was as if God failed man, but God will never fail. Such was also the frustration of Joshua in the defeat of Israel by a very inconsequential city. They ignored the dimension of deity because they over-estimated their military strength. The victory over Jericho must have got into their head, Perhaps, see the foolishness of comparing themselves with the enemy. They left God out of their strategy and went professional.
To cut the long story short, Joshua and the army of Israel lost the battle with casualties. Joshua accused God of evil intention. He said he brought them to destroy them; he went further to desire an average rather than to achieve greater heights. Dwelling on the other side of Jordan in false contentment is falling short of the best of God. We should desire all that God plans for us. A wise man says that the enemy of the better is good. Joshua did not stop his words as he started to allow demons to build a stronghold of fear in him. He started to imagine failure and total destruction.
The enemy got the better part of this once courageous leader. Today, the enemy operates in almost a similar way except that our weapons are invisible, and our targets are spiritual. Refuse to give the enemy opportunity by speaking and imagining wrong things.
Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I declare and decree that the spirit of wisdom, understanding, divine counsel, supernatural might, knowledge and fear of the Lord is upon me and nothing will bring me down.
Further Reading: Joshua 7:2-3, 7:7-9; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 10:12.
One-year Bible Reading Plan: 2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19; Romans 8:9-25; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 19:26
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