On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to
Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: '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. Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you
the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To
a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller
one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according
to your ancestral tribes. " '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. They will give you trouble in the land where you will
live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.' " (Numbers
Driving out your enemies. God's Word is full of His precious promises.
They are the words we cling to in our time of need, knowing they are true.
God's Word is also full of His warnings. I want to share with you today
that the warnings in the Bible are just as true as the promises. We often
like to ignore or skip over the warnings, but they are there to alert us to
danger, to protect us. Today, I want to share with you a warning from the
Word today found in the 33rd Chapter of Numbers. It is a warning for YOU
today to drive out the sin in your life!
This passage of Scripture is actually a command from God to the children of
Israel. He commanded them to drive out the inhabitants from the Promised
Land and to destroy all of their carved images, idols, and high places.
Why? The children of Israel had just been in the wilderness for 40 years
after leaving Egypt. They were spiritually "weak." God knew they were not
strong enough to co-exist with the unGodly inhabitants in the land and
commanded His children to "drive them out."
This is a good lesson for new Believers. A person who comes to the Lord
must be discipled, be accountable to an older man or woman of the faith who
can help guide them in their journey of faith. It is critical for a new
Believer to read and study the Bible, pray, be part of a solid Bible
preaching and teaching church where they can be spiritually fed, and to
fellowship with other Believers who can help them to grow as a follower of
God also instructed them to destroy the carved images, the idols, and the
high places. These all represented Israel's past sins. God was telling the
children of Israel that the things standing between them and God had to go.
The same is true in your life. The Bible tells us that He is a "jealous
God." If you have a lust problem, destroy your pornographic magazines and
tapes. If you have a problem with alcohol, pour the booze down the drain.
if you have a problem dabbling in the occult, burn your Ouija board, tarot
cards, and horoscope books. God has no desire to co-exist with the sin in
After the commandment God gives His children the warning. In verse 55 God
says, "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.
They will give you trouble in the land where you will live." He goes in in
verse 56 to say, "And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them." God
was giving the children of Israel a clear warning about getting rid of the
sin in their life. God is giving YOU that same warning today!
The question becomes, how bad do we want the sin out of our life?
When someone comes to me and asks me to pray for them to be delivered, I ask
them point blank if they really want to be delivered. That may sound like a
stupid question, but it really isn't. Do you know there are some people who
really don't want to be healed because it means their check each month will
stop coming? Do you know there are drug addicts and alcoholics who really
don't want to be delivered because that would mean they could no longer get
high or go out drinking?
Do you know I deal every day with people in bondage to gluttony, lust,
smoking, gossiping, gambling, homosexuality, who deep down really don't want
God to deliver them because they love their sin so much. You may think I am
being really insensitive, but let me ask you, how insensitive was it for
Jesus to have to go and be nailed to the cross, bleed and die to break the
bondage of drugs, to break the bondage of alcohol, to break the bondage of
gluttony, lust, smoking, gossiping, gambling, homosexuality, and every other
sin you can name?
God is warning you today to get rid of the sin in your life. Drive it out!
The Bible says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you!" That doesn't
mean you can invite him over once in a while and reminisce about old times!
Resist means to have nothing to do with him. Period!
I love you and care about you so much. God has clearly commanded us in His
Word to drive our the sin in our life and destroy anything that has to do
with that sin. He warned us that if we don't, our sin will be a constant
problem in our life. The sad fact is, too many have learned how to co-exist
with the sin in their life rather than drive it out once and for all. Their
response is that if God wants to take that away He will. WRONG!!! God
already took it away when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. SIN IS DEAD!
It is only alive in you because you let it live!!!!
I tell you often, God can't and won't bless sin. God blesses righteousness!
My word for you today is that it is time to get serious about the sin in
your life. Heed the Word of God and drive it out once and for all and
destroy everything to do with that sin. God wants to bless you today, bless
you above and beyond all you can ask or think. The choice is yours. Do you
want your sin or do you want God? Heed this warning from God to you today
and drive out your enemies!!!