The Lord singled out Achan as the perpetrator when Israel was defeated by Ai. Joshua asked him what he did. Joshua 7:21 says, “When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden…” Saw, coveted, took, and hid.
The Israelites were forbidden to take any of the accursed things. Achan took them and hid them so no one would know. The anger of the Lord was turned against ALL of Israel. One man’s sin affected the whole. So it is in the body of Christ when one hides their sin. The enemy gains ground.
Samson is another example. He was dedicated to the Lord in the womb. He was a Nazarite, meaning that he was to touch no unclean thing, nor eat or drink anything from the vine. He did both. He also saw, coveted, took, and hid his activities. He knew he was a Nazarite from the womb. He confessed that to Delilah the harlot. Yet he did not honor God’s call on his life. Duplicity.
Both men had undisciplined thoughts. Both men were told: Do not! and they did! When Samson saw the honey in the carcass of the lion, he took it and ate it. When he saw the harlot, he went in to her. God has raised him up to deliver Israel from the Philistines. Yet because of his sin, he was delivered to the Philistines.
When we see something we take it in with our eyes. We need to access what we see. However, when we covet what we saw, we cross the line. At that point we can still resist and turn away. Isaiah 28:6 says that God gives strength to turn the battle back at the gate. If we don’t turn away, we will move forward. Then we will take through because of our self-gratifying flesh-fueled greed.
Tomorrow I will give you God’s way to defeat the enemy who is trying to defeat you.