When You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them How NOT to Raise a Family, Part 02 We accept the highly questionable evidence that would-be covenant makers provide us. Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV) - There is a way that seems right to a man, But its Joshua 9:14a - The Israelites sampled their provisions… end is the way of death. We do not seek direction from God. Joshua 9:3-5, 7 - However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua Joshua 9:14b-16 - …but did not inquire of the LORD 15 Then Joshua made had done to Jericho and Ai, 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old ratified it by oath. 16 Three days after they made the treaty with the wineskins, cracked and mended. 5 They put worn and patched sandals on Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. … The Israelites said to the Hivites, "But perhaps you live near The Consequences us, so how can we make a treaty with you?" The Deception of the Enemy The enemy attempts to defeat us by disguising himself as someone you can trust. Joshua 9:8-10, 12-13 - "We are your servants," they said to Joshua. But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?" 9 They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan--Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. … 12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey." The enemy uses covenants to create a foothold in our families. Joshua 9:6, 11 - Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, "We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us." … 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, 'Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; make a treaty with us." ' Christians are VERY Susceptible to This Deception If God’s people break a covenant, there will be severe consequences. Joshua 9:18-19 - But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 19 but all the leaders answered, "We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 2 Samuel 21:1 - During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death." You live frustrated lives. Joshua 9:18 - … The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders… 2 Corinthians 2:11 - in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. Ephesians 6:11-12 - Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.