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The Thief Who Caught Himself

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | January 30, 1977

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The stones in the Valley of Achor are a monument of Israel’s defeat due to Achan’s sin. Even after we are saved, we cannot hide from the reality of sin or its consequences. But where there is sin, there is also God’s grace, forgiveness, and hope.

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We can trace the progress of Israel by looking at the stones they left.

The stones in the Valley of Achor are a monument of defeat.

Frightening facts about sin from the story of Achan:

  • We cannot safely play with sin.
    • Sin is always a choice between obeying the Word of God and our own desire.
    • Covetousness leads to all the other sins.
    • There is a pattern to sin: we see, desire, and take.
    • We are often tempted to sin after a great victory because we feel over-confident.
  • We cannot sin alone.
    • The consequences and influence of sin reaches others as well.
    • When one part of the body is strong, it strengthens the rest of the body. Or when one part is weak, it causes others to struggle.
  • We cannot hide our sin.
    • We cannot enjoy our life when we are hiding our sin because we know we are outside of the will of God.
    • Achan was found out for his sin, and it cost him his life.
  • We cannot escape the consequences of sin.
    • The consequence of sin is death.
    • When we stop following God’s Word, we stop being effective to God.
    • In His grace, God offers us forgiveness. In His government, God chastens us.
    • Being saved by grace doesn’t mean we won’t reap consequences for sin.

After God judged Achan’s sin, He was free to give them victory.

The place where sin is judged is where God opens a door of hope.

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