“Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, 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
The LORD had defeated the city of Jericho for the Hebrews, who went in and destroyed the inhabitants and everything in the city except for the sacred things that were to be dedicated unto God. One man, Achan, coveted some precious metals and fine clothing and stole them and then later stashed them in his tent. When Israel went to battle Ai, they were routed something terrible by a small band of troops. Then God revealed to Joshua that there was an accursed thing in Israel that had to be removed.
How many times has God blessed us and given us all that we need only to go and plug up the flow of His blessing because of the accursed thing in the midst of thee, O ____________ (insert your name)! We cannot expect to have the blessing and favor of God upon us IF we are living in sin. It does not matter if it is one person in the camp or the entire nation. If there is sin in the camp, then the flow of God will cease.
This principle should cause us to live our lives more cautiously everyday because of the impact it has not only on ourselves but our immediate families, friends, neighbors, and the family of God as well, including our churches and local assemblies. Can you imagine the controversy and trouble that would come and will come to a local body of believers if the leadership of that church is involved in sin? It is bad enough when the laity live in sin, but the leadership? Wow, what damage it causes to the church.
Then what would happen if the leadership knew of sin among its rank and hid it from the congregation? Scandal is a brewing! If one man in Israel committed sin and hid it that caused the nation to be defeated, what would happen to the church if its leaders committed sin and hid it? It would devastate the entire brotherhood! Israel, there is sin in the camp! You need to remove it and cleanse yourself and purify yourself because you will stand before the LORD! You will not prosper or grow anymore until the accursed thing is removed from you!!!
Father, I humbly pray to You today in the name of Jesus. There is sin in the camp of Israel today. I pray that you would speak to the hearts of her leadership and open their eyes to the damage that has been done because the accursed thing has not been removed from her midst and of the coming judgment upon her for trying to hide it and sweep it under the rug. So long as the gold, silver, and Babylonian clothing are hidden in her tent, then Israel will never know the full force of Your true blessing. It saddens my heart that her leaders think that they have done the right thing by quietly sweeping the accursed thing under the rug and not brought it out in the open before her people and addressed the issue. Her house is out of order and has stopped the flow of Your blessing. Have mercy upon her today. Amen.