Wednesday, 25 September 2013

REMOVE THE ACCURSED THINGS

TEXT: JOSHUA 7:13
Many believers are wondering what the problem is with them, because they have prayed, fasted, praise and worship God for solution to an impending problem, and yet the problem refused to be solved. May be God has given them some prophesies or promises, and instead of these things to come to pass, the opposite is what they are seeing.
God has never lied before and He will never lie, He does not say what He wouldn’t do, but at times our character or action can make God to withhold what He promise us. Though it is not in every situation that our actions and character has cause God to delay or change His plan towards us. It may be because it is not the right time for Him to fulfil that which He promises us, because He does things in His own time.
It is always good to seek the face of God often to know if we have done anything against His will, so that we can quickly amend our ways.
God promised the Israelites victory over Ai, but one of them (Achan) sinned by disobeying God’s instructions. He stole some of the possessions of the people of Ai, this made God angry and He changed His mind against them, and allowed the people of Ai to defeat them. “The lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things, they have STOLEN, they have LIED, they have put them with their own possessions. THAT IS WHY THE ISRAELITES CANNOT STAND AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES...” (Joshua 7:10-12).
If you have any negative attribute that is against God’s commandment, you cannot stand against your enemies, neither can He preserve or save you from the enemies. You are prone to attack and defeat if you disobey God’s instruction. Achan and his household paid dearly with their lives.

Achan disobedience also affected Israel as a nation, the small nation of Ai that they were meant to defeat; ended up defeating them. “There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee o Israel; thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.” (Joshua 7:13). Before you can stand against your enemies and have victory, you need to remove everything that is against God’s will, when you do this; you will have victory over your enemies.

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