“…and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy” Deut. 7:2.
This is what the Israelites’ biggest mistake seemed to always be…not totally destroying the enemies that inhabited the land which God gave them. Time after time they allowed some of the enemies to hang around which created lethal leftovers that would eventually be their downfall. I completely understand how important this principle is and how it effects our spiritual growth. God delivered me from secret spending and overspending, putting things in place to hold me accountability. Shopping has never had that same delicious taste as it used to, but I know if I allow those old habits to linger they will spoil any spiritual work I have accomplished…lethal leftovers…hanging around in stores…lying about purchases…hiding bags and receipts.
This is the same thing the Lord asks of us…to completely discard our leftovers when it comes to our flesh. He goes to great lengths to reveal our inequities and weaknesses for our protection and spiritual growth. So why is that we allow things to hang around when God has shown us its potential to spoil the spiritual work we have already accomplished? Why do we make treaty with areas in our lives from which God has already delivered us? If we show any mercy towards our conquered lands we will lose spiritual ground.
Excuses…compromises…idleness…complacencies…all lethal leftovers. We must cut our conquered enemies off at the knees and totally remove them from our lives. What area in your life has God helped you conquer? Can you identify any leftovers that may threaten the very land you have conquered through Christ? If so:
- Destroy them totally
- Make no treaty with them
- Show them no mercy
‘When God’s Spirit asks us to eliminate something from our lives, we shouldn’t play around with His direction. He sees the future effects of leftover enemies.’ Gideon – Priscilla Shire
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