How hungry are we to know God and to see victory? We must understand that our pride creates a blindness that we have to actively seek out freedom from. Pride is not something that we can search our own hearts for, because we typically won’t be able to identify our own lack of humility. The Holy Spirit must do this work of breaking the strongholds in our lives. Are you burdened by the wrong decisions and the failures we have experienced? The Lord can and will transform even these into precious, living water. When the enemy presents our failures to us after we have repented, let it remind us of the victory of Jesus and the faithfulness of God. This freedom is real. It is not a freedom from the fiery darts of the enemy. It is a stalwart shield of faith against them.
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.
And it happened at the end of three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them. Then the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim. But the children of Israel did not attack them, because the rulers of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord God of Israel. And all the congregation complained against the rulers.
Then all the rulers said to all the congregation, “We have sworn to them by the Lord God of Israel; now therefore, we may not touch them. This we will do to them: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them.” And the rulers said to them, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for all the congregation, as the rulers had promised them.”