Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Good morning friends. As I ponder over these instructions from John, I am reminded of the story of Achan. Following the death of Moses, Joshua became commander in chief, leading the people of God into the promised land. Unlike Moses, Joshua was to lead the people through many wars against enemy nations, enroute, and in the promised land. In the spirit of succession planning, Moses laid the model with the war against the Amalekites. He took to the mountains, and with support from Aaron and Hur he contended against the host of darkness, while Joshua led the armies of Israel in war.
Sadly, inspite of the great signs and wonders wrought by God through the hands of Moses, the children of Israel still doubted Him. Twelve spies were commissioned to go into Jericho with a view to carry out surveillance, and report back to the elders. They came back with conflicting reports: ten said it was impossible, advising that the mission should be aborted; while the other two said it was possible with God. These ten spies has assessed the situation intellectually and were probably right, hence their conclusion. And here lies the conundrum dear friends. When we solely rely on our minds in our decision making process, we place a lid on our spirit. As a result, we draw conclusions based on one version of the story. However, when we deploy our mind and spirit, the process becomes highly sophisticated – and this was exactly what Joshua and Caleb. Their spirits were active in the process, they incorporated spiritual intelligence. In the words of Paul on this subject, he made this statement to his friends:
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
So, as a result of error of judgement by ten spies, fear crept in and the nation was in complete disarray. In anger, God decreed that they would not see the promise land, so they wandered to their death in the wilderness.
Now back to Achan. When faced with the temptation of wealth and power at the siege of Jericho; sadly, he took his cue from his five senses. This lead to a significant error of judgement which costed the lives of innocent soldiers in the war against Ai. He paid with his life, he derailed his destiny.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
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