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Here Comes Trouble-Part B

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July 1, 2021 2:00 am

Here Comes Trouble-Part B

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July 1, 2021 2:00 am

When Achan crashed and burned, he took his fellow soldiers, family, and country down with him. In the message "Here Comes Trouble," Skip shares what you can do when you find yourself in the fallout of failure.

This teaching is from the series Crash & Burn.

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The desire leads to deception brings you to a decision something happens.

There is a four step that's death.

James is then, when desire has conceived gives birth to one sin. Sin is sin what it is full-grown, brings forth death.

It might not happen while you might live a long time, but it's so cute at first the baby.

My baby said that acute Alliant is cute as a babe grows up each sin can look appealing, but you have to remember that it's a deadly trap. The cost will always be greater than you think today on connect with Skip shares what you can do in the fallout of your own failure because no matter where you are God's mercy will meet you right now we want to tell you about a resource that will help you live in the power of the Holy Spirit counselor comforter advocate helper. These are some of the names for the Holy Spirit found in the Bible.

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800-922-1888. Give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer joint Skip hi to today's teaching will in Joshua chapter 7 Jim Elliott the missionaries that God always gives his best to those who leave. God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him, but he saw he coveted he took was of the stages. Now I ask you at the beginning that I not to turn Georgia Mark James chapter 1 so turn there for a moment want to look at two verses James chapter 1 gives to us. We could call it the anatomy of temptation.

It's like he's a scientist and he dissects temptation to show you the different stages and it's like he has been reading Joshua chapter 7 James chapter 114 and 15, to begin in verse 13 let no one say when he is tempted I am tempted by God for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he himself tempt anyone, but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Notice the stages.

First stage desire desire. James says each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires.

We all have desires nothing wrong with having the desire their normal. You couldn't function without desire. You're the first drive you have a hunger drive. We have a sex drive got put that in the human race is nothing wrong with desires. What's wrong is when you seek to satisfy those desires outside the will of God. That's the problem. So, for example, eating is normal, like me, is sin.

Sleep is normal.

Laziness is sin. Sex is normal. Adultery is sin wanting an education is normal cheating on the test that soon you get the point begins with desire. The next step is deception after desire comes deception. You'll notice in verse 14 James tells us. Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires to the were drawn away. It's a hunters term it means to lead an animal or lure an animal from a place of safety into a trap. I have a friend who is helping me solve a problem. I think I have some kind of critters at my house he thinks are squirrels so he says I got the solution. I'm in a trap. The squirrels and then I'm in a let them out somewhere far away so he has these trap doors open and he put a little container that is a little bit of peanut butter and it I love you but I'm tempted by. I will let my dog out because he'll get trapped so that that little door is open, and that little cup of peanut butter is sitting there to lure an animal from a place of safety into a trap. That's the idea of drawn away commuter score. Also look at the word in adverse enticed the sea at each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed of this word comes from the word that means to bait a hook to take a hook and put bait on it so you throw a hook into the water. You know want to leave it like a hook as the fishes in a go forget you, but you put bait on the hook and he's gonna think there's breakfast not knowing he Ricky is the breakfast that's that that's a point baiting the hook you're hiding that lure from them you're bringing them out from a place of safety. Your baiting the hook. Aiken had a desire for more okay. Nothing wrong with having a desire. Aiken and then he sees something alluring close in cash Babylonian garments.

The style now if it's just perfect. Why let it go to waste. Looks good on me to lure so desire, and after that deception, there's a next step decision.

That's verse 15 James one then notices when desire has conceived two that were conceived, it gives birth to sin. Now that's the terminology of having a baby, but it could be translated when it has spawned when it is spot have you noticed that all of these terms in these two verses are animal terms, and I think that's for a very important reason.

I think what James is saying is when you live on the level of just getting your needs met your desires met you are living no higher than the level of an animal that's what animals do they live according to their senses.

They just want their needs met anyway possible. Any creature can do that that's animal living so when you have desire followed by deception, you're faced with the decision to take it or delete it is a great book that I've had for years in my library still publishes called the fight by John White about the Christian life, but he gives one of the best illustrations of temptation I've ever heard. He said temptation is sort of like a piano. If you were if we were to have a grand piano on here like we have in the back. If you open the lid of the piano and you press the right pedal. The sustained battle. You can sing a note into the piano and you know what happens you will hear your voice come back to your voice will excite a string or two or three in that key and reflected back to that's not how panels are meant to work piano is meant to respond to this strike of a felt hammer once you activate the keys you push the keys down mechanism makes that little felt hammer strike the string, but if you didn't use that and you just push the pedal and saying into it. It excites the strings and they sing back if you want to stop that process.

There's an easy way to fix it. Close the lid disclose a lip since Dr. white in that book is is that's how temptation works. Satan comes along any calls to you. He seems to you and that sounds very exciting affect the piano if it could speak says white would be turned on by the human voice so you close the lid. Satan calls gives you a something that's alluring and you hear that voice, close the lid walk away from the magazine rack get off the computer. Leave the shoe section of the store. Whatever it might be close the lid, because the desire the lease to deception that brings you to decision something happens.

There's 1/4 step in that's death. James says then, when desire has conceived gives birth to what sin sin is born in sin when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

It might not happen for a while, you might live a long time before it ever comes but it's so cute at first it's a baby. My baby said I've had acute Alliant is cute as a baby grows up Italy to extended act according to its nature and can destroy you. Death is always the result of sin always some kind of separation occurs in a relationship of trust.

Our relationship with God and in Aiken's case, literal physical death was in satisfaction. It wasn't pleasure it was not so satisfied. It's the wages of sin is death, so every disobedience is detrimental. Every sin comes in stages that frames two sides of us go to the third side every prayer is not pure.

Every prayer is not pure Joshua praise here, so go back to chapter 6 meets go go back to verse six of chapter 7 season verse six sin is that defeat came.

Joshua tore his clothes, fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until evening.

He and the elders of Israel, and they put dust on their heads. They are brokenhearted over this and Joshua said Pierce's prayer.

Alas, Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us so that we had been content indwelt on the other side of the Jordan, oh Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies for the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it and surround us and cut off our name from the earth, then what will you do for your great name. I appreciate the Joshua prayed fact what Marx's success as a leader is that he regularly praised through the book and I think his prayers were good and effective. I know it was said Mary Queen of Scots said she feared the prayers of John Knox more than all the armies of her enemies and so I tend to think that Joshua's prayers were pretty instrumental in bringing the children of Israel into this new land, but having said that, I want to say something else. I wish Joshua would've prayed earlier, not later before the defeat. Not after I was you would've prayed before this battle, like he prayed before the battle of Jericho. They did pray chapter 5 the prayed for the battle of Jericho. Then in play here. No record of that they assumed this is a small town it's Podunk is easy for me to pray about this. I got this what Joshua should've done this a Khmer guys, let's get before God. God, thank you for that miraculous work at Jericho. This looks like a small town, but we want to presume anything.

We still need you. That's what he should no record if you had done that to save the lives of 36 men and the grief of 36 families as God would've said to him you know what don't go into that city. Is there sin in the Got a deal with yet a deal with God will tell them that, but that's 36 dead men later years ago. I'm going way back.

Now some of you just a few of you may remember it. If there's any left from this era, but we were in a building on Eubank. Our church was 1660. Eubank, we needed a bigger place so we moved to place down the street $0.96 no heights. We belted out we got all excited. We announce next week to meet there come Sunday morning first service in between that Sunday and the next Sunday. The fire marshal showed up at her new building said not opening for anybody you're not up to code. This wall is and rated for a fire will know we thought it was. We thought we know we're doing a bunch of pastors, building walls, so that's shows you the mistake off the bat and I remember getting so angry with the Lord. After that, and pleading with the Lord. Because of that, but if I would.

I had that prayer meeting earlier and consulted builders along the way I do save myself a lot of grief like Joshua had he done it earlier if you pray in times of victory. You will have to plead in times of defeat, but Joshua does now as you read this prayer did you catch the tone of this prayer.

Josh was blaming God.

Did you catch that, why have you brought us here is your fall we could just stand on the other side of the Jordan, but you brought us here. In fact, you know what this reminds me of interestingly years before when Moses sent 12 spies out in the land scouts to look it over 10 came back with a bad report to include Joshua Joshua and Caleb came by with a good report. Men of faith.

The children of Israel cried out and said God, why did you bring is here. We should've died in Egypt, Moses. Notice it. Yep, been a lot easier. Joshua seems to adopt that kind of prayer that fatalistic sure fault God, why did you bring us here in this land so that's the prayer meeting is not over yet. Look at verse 10 God is can answer his prayer, but not like you might think the Lord said to Joshua yet is that for an answer prayer. You don't want to hear that when you pray, get up, why do you lie that's on your face. Israel has sinned and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them, for they have even taken some of the accursed things both stolen and deceived and they have also put it among their own stuff.

Therefore the children of Israel could not stand for their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore unless you destroy the accursed from among you.

I would God say that there's one because there's a time to pray and there's a time to move.

There's a time to get on your face. There's a time to stand on your feet and now is the time to stand on your feet. I appreciate your prayer, Joshua, but now's the time to stop your whining and deal with the problem at hand. You remember when Moses was leading Israel out of Egypt. They came to the Red Sea. The armies of Egypt were behind them right on their tail they come to the edge of the Red Sea, Moses thinks this a good time ever, prayer meeting, so I started praying and the Bible says this the Lord said to Moses, why are you crying to me. Tell the people to get moving. Moses I love your prayers but now is the time not to have a prayer meeting move buddy move into that water go all about to say. Prayer is good.

Prayer is essential but not every prayers pure. Sometimes a person can pray to cover-up disobedience or laziness. He needs to get up action without prayer is atheism, but prayer without action is presumption you think you can just presume to shoot up a prayer and not obey God. No no no no wing get moving there to do something. Joshua, not every prayers. Pure because the purpose of prayer is not to inform God of my needs. Do you know that you think when you pray, and you tell God something God's got there going. Wow, thank you for the information. I did not know that until you brought it to my attention but now I'm duly informed the purpose of prayer is not to inform God. It's to invite God to rule your life. You are letting him have control. So pray early in the process in report for duty what you want me to do Lord, every prayers pure so we framed three sides of Aiken's picture every disobedience is detrimental. Every sin comes in stages.

Every prayers impure.

Let's complete the picture for side. Fourth statement for the axiomatic truth. Every failure isn't forever.

So this is the butt to the butt. Chapter 1 verse one, but the children of Israel, you who after 6F is a good stuff that's not a good word but now I want to give another turn in the road, but every failure isn't forever. Look at verse 26 after they took care of businesses as they raised over Aiken over him, a great heap of stones still there to this day, the time of its writing so the Lord turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore, the name of that place is been called the Valley of a core to this day Wiesenthal the belly of a court is a course on sound like a Ken.net a kind, a core same word in Hebrew. One is for a person.

One is for a place same work. They called the Valley. After the guy who send in the Valley was upon. It was a play on words, they named that the Valley of trouble.

So the story of Aiken was a defeat was the sorrow.

It was a judgment. It was a blot on their national record. Aiken is executed. He's buried in the valley of trouble because he was a troublemaker. That's not the end of the story twice in the Old Testament there is a direct reference to what happened here and the Valley of a core don't have time to look at both of them. One is found in Isaiah 65 God says the Valley of a core will be filled with pasture lands.

One day peaking of the future prosperity.

The second one is found in the prophet Hosea Hosea chapter 2 I'm in read it to you will show you the Scripture on the screen. Hosea chapter 2.

The setting is very similar. It's a time of judgment during Hosea's time. It's a time of trouble during Hosea's time, but he gives a glimmer of hope and he makes direct reference to the incident of Aiken. This is Hosea chapter 2 verse 14. Therefore, behold, God says, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Angkor as a door of hope, she shall sing there is in the days of her youth is in the days when she came up from Egypt is the point. The place that was associated with defeat and downfall that will be a place of victory. Now the immediate fulfillment of that will take place till the messianic kingdom. The millennial kingdom, but there's a principal in that promise got a saying I can take your trouble and turn it into triumph.

I can take your defeat and make it delight. I can make it door of happiness. Close and open a door of hope from that place of defeat. So here's the here's the whole story of Aiken sin can't be taken lightly. It leads to judgment but God uses judgment to turn people to him and when they turn to him. He offers them hope, so that even their worst failure can be part of their testimony in the future. Your failures in the past do not have to mark your future you have to be defined by why I'm this I'm that I committed this that that may be, but that can become part of your comfort in your ministry and your help for others who are struggling with.

You can offer you open a door of hope in a place of failure.

Every failure isn't forever to put it in the words of the prophet to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of having so set a saying here comes trouble when you come around to be here comes triumph in the midst include Skip's message from the series? Right now we want to tell you about a unique opportunity. Take your knowledge of Scripture to a new level personal or small group Bible study is a great way to learn God's word want to learn more Calvary college offers classes studies classes like the fundamentals of difficult counseling take classes on campus or online transfer credit Calvary Chapel University or Veritas for an accredited degree that will impact your spiritual life for the rest of your life. Calvary, ABQ College many people around the world and experiencing new life in Jesus.

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