Accursed Things Are Trouble, Part 4of6, by Evans Olang

Joshua 7:10, “So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff

He whom the Lord loves, He corrects lest He let him run wild. When I look back at the corrections my parents gave me, I’m glad they did not leave me to do whatever I wanted, disobey and dishonor their name. Were the chastening painful? of course, were they good for me? Absolutely. David says in Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes”. He that chastened him taught him. The rod and reproof give wisdom. When our heavenly Father chasten us, He grants us mercies despite our deliberate disobedience, and we stand in AWE.

Job 5:17, “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty”, Proverbs 3:11, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; Hebrews 12:7, “7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons”.

In the midst of chastening, Joshua came to God in a state of humility and God was gracious to hear his prayer to accomplish what He had begun. He says to Joshua vs. 10, “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them.” It’s one thing to pray to know what your sin is, it’s another thing to get up and deal with it. Repent and TURN from it. Many times believers cry to God under conviction for forgiveness, and right after, they go back and fall on the same sins again because there is no desire to change. To Paraphrase Carter Conlon, “You can’t write off a conviction with a prayer, you must come with a lifestyle of bending your knee to God with a desire to change” . It calls for prayers to know what the sin is and strength to get rid of sin and what is causing you to sin. Hezekiah in 2Kings 18, Asa in 2Chronicles 14, and Gideon in Judges 6 among others destroyed the accursed things, idols. Anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God is sin and must be destroyed if victory is to be restored.

What a tremendous lesson for any Christian who experiences defeat. God was fully aware of what had happened. Vs. 11Israel have sinned … for they have even taken some of the accursed thing … they have also put it among their own stuff”. God was not looking for excuses, nor a sociological assessment of what caused Israel to sin. God was interested in repentance, confession of sin, and restoration to fellowship. He was fully aware that Israel turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed. There was no hiding the problem. If something was not done, the divine response would be devastating: vs. 12, “…neither will I be with you any more, unless you destroy the accursed from among you” and who wants to make it alone without the presence of God?

The call to sanctify the people is reminiscent of Joshua 3:5 “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you” God never moves in unclean vessels. If Israel was to be used of God, she had to be purged of her sins. You want to be anointed and used of God, repent, turn from your sins and hide God’s word in your heart, Psalm 119:9-11, “9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart That I might not sin against You”, Blessings Ev

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