Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The Accursed Thing

Scripture: Joshua 7 v 3b: "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 is busy conquering the tribes that dwelt in the Promised Land. After the death of Moses the mantle of responsibility for Israel's progress into the Land was laid on his shoulders.  Along the way one of their number, Achan, had disobeyed the Lord by taking an idol of the spoils of an enemy tribe and hiding it in his belongings.

Israel's next battle is against Ai, a small tribe, and Joshua decides to send only 2000 - 3000 men to deal with them. To his shock and dismay Israel is decisively beaten and he falls to the ground weeping before the Ark of God trying to discover why the power of God had deserted them on the battlefield. 

The Lord has no pity for him and says that Israel have sinned and taken a cursed thing into their midst and because of this they had no power against their enemies.  

The lesson we need to learn is that we may ignorantly or knowingly, have "an accursed thing" in our homes and it could be thwarting every plan we make.

Deuteronomy 7 v 25 - 26: "The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
 26  Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing."

What the Lord is saying right through the Bible is that certain objects, books, some music, all idols, religious artefacts, have been cursed by the dark side, Satanic realm, to keep people in bondage to things that are a curse to them.

The Lord says that disobedience ties His hands therefore He has made it very clear in His Word and dealings with Israel, and with us, that if we obey Him He withholds nothing from us but if we disobey, a curse blocks us from receiving His blessings. Deuteronomy 28.

Have you got something in your possessions that the Lord frowns on? If you are unable to overcome a problem in your life ask the Lord to show you if you have hidden an accursed thing in your home or if you have been disobedient or sinned in some way. . 

Strange idols include African carvings - especially masks, drums or heads; all porn; abuse of illegal or prescription drugs; statues of Buddha, Hindu, Jesus, Mary, or others. Books on the Occult, Mormon Bible, DvD's of witchcraft and occult related (Horror) content.  Music cd's of Heavy Metal or Death Metal; Trance, most Rap songs have very dark lyrics, and music with serious deep base tones. Some kinds of jewellery like pentagrams or ankhs.  All of these would be seen as having an accursed thing in your possession.  Do you think it was a sheer coincidence in the worst-hit venue of the Paris attacks, that a Death Metal band was performing?  Death attracts death, let us discern our lives as Christians and eliminate things that carry curses.

I advised a friend whose husband had moved out, to get rid of three rosaries, Catholic prayer beads, she had hanging on the wall.  She said they belong to her husband and I said when they go he will return.  A few weeks later her home was burgled of all electrical items plus the three rosaries.  Her husband was so upset that the lives of his family had been endangered that he moved back in.  Those prayer beads elevate Mary above the Father and Jesus, which makes them an idol.

In Ezekiel 28 Lucifer, before he became Satan, was known as the one whose entire being was created in a musical dimension. He was the Archangel in charge of praise and worship in Heaven.  Music is one of his most constant influences on the human race. When Lucifer fell the whole spectrum of music fell with him. All music even good music. He wants us in trance so he can control our minds and emotions in areas of drugs, sex, witchcraft, death, suicide, rape and violence. Think on these things.

If your family or finances or health is under stress get rid of the accursed thing that is blocking the Lord's blessing from your life. Identify the object that is attracting things that shatter the peace and abundance you should be enjoying. The way God protects us is through obedience to His Word. He warns of consequences if we don't apply this knowledge to every situation.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for hiding the accursed thing in my goods. Show me the minefield around me that needs defusing. Help me to cleanse my home, family, car, office and life of every evil object and wash me in the Blood of Jesus. Lord help me to obey Your Word. In Jesus' name. Amen.