Accepting Personal Responsibility

Bible Summary. Not accepting personal responsibility for your sin, separates you from God. Accepting personal responsibility for our actions is a big thing to God. Once you know that you have sinned and are willing to accept personal responsibility for your sin, you need to follow through on your responsibility. This is what the Israelites did in the Book of Joshua in regard to Achan’s sin. Achan had coveted and taken the accursed things at Jericho. Once the Israelites found that there was sin in the camp, they addressed the sin of Achan. They destroyed everything associated with Achan, and only then did God’s anger subside. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on accepting personal responsibility.

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Achan's Sin - Joshua 7
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God is Not With You When You Do Not Accept Personal Responsibility.

Not accepting personal responsibility for your sin, separates you from God. God departs from you when you do not acknowledge that you have sinned. His spirit leaves you. With unacknowledged sin, we live defeated lives and cannot face the enemies in our lives. Joshua 7:12 tells how the Israelites could not stand before their enemies because they had not taken personal responsibility.

Joshua 7:12, “Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.”

Accepting Personal Responsibility Means Knowing That You Have Sinned.

Accepting personal responsibility for our actions is a big thing to God. This was shown to Israel when they started to conquer the Promise Land. When Achan had taken the accursed things at Jericho, God was very angry at Israel. He was angry because Israel had not acknowledge their sin (Achan’s sin), and they had not accepted personal responsibility for their sin. In Joshua 7:11 God tells Israel that they have sinned (Achan’s Sin).

Joshua 7:11, “Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.”

It is a Personal Responsibility To Sanctify Yourself.

Once you know that you have sinned and are willing to accept personal responsibility for your sin, you need to follow through on your responsibility. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, gives us the means to turn away from sin and set aside ourselves for God. Joshua 7:13 advises us to sanctify ourselves when you find sin within yourself.

Joshua 7:13, “Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the LORD, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”

It is our Personal Responsibility Separate Ourselves From Sin.

We must separate ourselves from sin just as Israel separated themselves from everything associated with the trouble maker Achan. Joshua 7:24 tells us of the Israelites addressing the sins of Achan.

Joshua 7:24, “And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.”

We Must Separate Ourselves Completely From Anything That Is Not Of God.

Our whole body, mind, and spirit must turn away from sin, and turn toward God. Joshua 7:25 tell us how the Israelites destroyed everything associated with Achan’s sin.

Joshua 7:25, “And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.”

Only By Accepting Personal Responsibility Will God Not Be Angry With Us.

Only after accepting personal responsibility for our sin will God’s anger turn away from us. Joshua 7:26 tells us of God turning away his anger toward the Israelites once they addressed their sin.

Joshua 7:26, “And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the LORD turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.”