Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peace in Your Land

When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you.  Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.  
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides.
Numbers 33:52, 55

Israel was on the bank of the Jordan river, getting ready to cross into their promised land.  God warned them to drive out all the inhabitants of the land.  If they didn't, He said they would be a thorn to them.  The New Living Translation says that they would be like a splinter in their eye.

Have you ever had a splinter, one that's worked it's way down into the skin?  It becomes an irritation and it's hard to get out. 

Isn't it the same with sin in our lives?

If we don't fully drive out the sin (repent and ask forgiveness), it begins to fester and cause irritation.  Left unchecked, it will spread it's disease all throughout our body (life).

Search your heart, and ask God to reveal any hidden sin in your life.  It may be hidden from your eyes, but it's not hidden from God's.  When He reveals those areas to you, take control and drive them out.  Then you will have rest in your land. 

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:19-20
19.  My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20.  for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.


  1. I think it was a Thomas Watson puritan paperback that I read that said we must never stop mortifying our sin... even when we've had victory... it can later seep back in when we are weak. We have to constantly be on guard and in His word because sin sneaks in and takes us over and often we don't see it until we're in it. Praise Jesus for His grace to cover it and His Power to run from it! Blessings!

  2. I read a quote recently about the process of sin in our life, "rebellion,ruin,repentance,reconciliation,restoration." I think we need to constantly be taking inventory to fully recognize those area that are coming in between us and our relationship with God. In order to have the kind of relationship God desires to have with us...we can't skip any of the steps.
    Great post!

  3. So very true. My son had a splinter once that we could not get out and it became infected and horribly painful. Just like sin. If it is not taken out of our lives, repent and walk away, our lives will become infected. Thank you for this.

  4. I enjoyed reading your thoughts today on a very timely topic.
    I believe that it is very important to repent of our sins, change, and seek forgiveness not only from our Father In Heaven but learning to forgive ourselves also.
    I have removed many splinters in life both real and it does hurt; just as sins hurts.
    Thanks for you thoughts today.
    If you have a moment check out my blog: Living Waters

  5. We just finished Breaking Free with my bible study group and I was blown away by the sin that I had hidden in my heart. Some things I really didn't even consider to be 'sin', but they were...Am thankful to be in the process of becoming free!

  6. Wonderful analogy Lisa! It's the little, quiet sins that poison our spirits and grow over time. With God's assistance, we can uncover and banish those sins from our lives.

    Have a Blessed Day!