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The Fruit of

May 15, 1996

Re:  The Fruit of Disobedience

Dear John:

When Israel got ready to invade Jericho and destroy all its inhabitants, God said the following to them:

"But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban, lest you covet them and take some of the things under the ban, so you would make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it." (Joshua 6:18)

When God tells us to give something up and put it under the ban and then we violate that ban, we bring a curse upon ourselves and upon all those associated with us.

"But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of Yehovah burned against the sons of Israel." (Joshua 7:1)

When Israel violated the ban, God’s anger burned against Israel.

"So Yehovah said to Joshua, ‘Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things. Therefore the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst.’" (Joshua 7:10-12)

When God tells us to remove something from our lives and we disobey Him, the end result will be that we will not be able to stand before our enemies and will be cursed. Also God will withdraw Himself and will not be with that person any longer unless they repent and destroy those things God has commanded that person to remove from their lives.

"Rise up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus Yehovah-Elohim-of-Israel, has said, "There are things under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst."’" (Joshua 7:13)

We will not be able to stand before our enemies or overcome Satan until we remove ALL God has commanded us to remove. How serious is God’s commands to us? We read in Joshua 7:24-26,

"Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, ‘Why have you troubled us? Yehovah will trouble you this day.’ And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and Yehovah turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the valley of Achor to this day."

John, when we disobey God in our lives, it doesn’t just effect us but our brothers and sisters as well. Not only will we not succeed, but neither will our brothers either. Just look at America. We started out as a nation after God, Walking with Jesus. But in time one brother after another decided to disobey God, to compromise in their walk with God. Now godless influences in our society are stronger than the church. How do we turn that around? It must start with each of us individually choosing to make Jesus our source, not the world, our job or the government or even the church, but Jesus alone. Second, we must make a commitment to walk obedience to God regardless of the consequences to ourselves, whether in the world’s eyes we succeed or not. We must be willing to suffer loss to walk in obedience to God. The only way we can have victory in our spiritual lives and help our brother’s have spiritual victory is when we first submit ourselves to the Lord and walk in obedience to Him. If we do not, we will not be able to stand against Satan or the world and we will not be able to succeed in our walk with God. Neither will we be able to help lead our brothers and sisters to victory also. James wrote,

"Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-souled. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and he will exalt you." (James 4:7-10)

Brother, I implore you for your sake and for your brethren’s sake, please! Please walk in obedience to God in your life so you can succeed and so we also can succeed lest you end up like Achan and his family. Let go of those things the Lord has told you to let go of and give up. If you do not, not only will you not succeed, but you will also become a stumbling block to Your brother’s and sister’s success also. God bless you.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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