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Failing To Annihilate

May 04, 2015

Throughout the Old Testament God gives clear direction of what He expected from Israel when they conquered new lands. Whether it was during the time- period Israel spent wandering in the wilderness for forty years under the leadership of Moses, or when Joshua led them to the Promised Land, the expectations were the same. Total annihilation is what God expected when they conquered the lands. At first glance one might think that this decision is just a little rough and over the top. Did God really mean to “utterly destroy” and annihilate? Yes, that is exactly what he meant!

Numbers 33:52 – Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places.

Deuteronomy 7:23 – But the Lord thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.

Deuteronomy 12:2-3 – Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their alters, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

God wanted them free from the temptations of sin and the potential association with worldliness and wicked devices. He wanted them focused on Him with all of their heart, mind, and soul. Our Lord understood that this would not be possible if the noise and clutter of this present world were allowed in. God knows our human nature, predispositions, and weaknesses. In the Old Testament days, God understood what the “mixed multitude” represented in the long-term. The seeds of corruption, wickedness, lies, apostasy, and idolatry would taint a “peculiar people” who were set apart for a specific purpose. He even went so far as to explain what would happen if they failed to obey. To explain that disobedience would bring uncommon misery, heartache, and ruin.

Joshua 22:12-13 – Else if you do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

Let us now make some practical application to our lives as we live out our faith in the twenty-first century. From the previous verses we know that God hates sin, wants our obedience, gives us guidance, sends early warning, and will correct us with His loving hands of righteousness when needed. Is there application today with our failing to annihilate? Yes, there certainly is! Please read on.

We absolutely are NOT talking about killing, murder, or the annihilation of any particular race, culture, region of the world, or even religion. No, we are talking about the annihilation of the sin within each of our hearts. There are several questions that we can ask ourselves in this regard (relating to sin) to draw the appropriate conclusions.

  • Are you willing to annihilate the passions, lusts and possessions of this world that put you in positions of temptation?

  • Are you willing to annihilate all evil thoughts and everything that stands in the way of you doing the will of God?

  • Are you willing to annihilate those things that inhibit the full, complete, and expansive working of the Holy Spirit?

  • What about your spiritual gifts? Are you willing to annihilate the fears, narcissism, and self-consciousness of how you might look in the eyes of the world by exercising those gifts? In other words, are you willing to set aside what the world might think of you?

  • What about all of the human inhibitions that hold you back from witnessing, teaching, and taking an activist position for the Lord in what is pure, just, holy, and right?

The list of questions could go on and on. Each one of us that peers into His Word on a daily basis clearly understands the message of this article. The real bottom    line question is, how committed are you to the annihilation of worldly lusts? Are you so entangled with the pleasures of this world and its system that there is no “turning back” to the purity of fundamental Christianity? Do you have the discipline, focus, determination, love, and compassion for the things of God to annihilate those sin issues that hold you back? Together, as a family in Christ Jesus, I believe that we can hold each other accountable to impact evil and root out the sin that so easily besets us. While we will never see perfection this side of heaven, we must fight the good fight and run the race that is set before us. Right now, what are you failing to annihilate for the Glory of God?    


Kathleen Bailey May 16, 2015 @ 8:49PM
That phrase, the sin that so easily besets us, keeps coming before my eyes. Money is a big one and I just gave my two credit cards to someone for safe-keeping, away from ME! There are other things that need to be annihilated but that is a big one.

Jean LaPierre May 16, 2015 @ 5:13PM
Fear of not measuring up to my own expectations of myself. I guess that would be fear of failing.

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