Topic: Get Rid of Evil
Text: Joshua 7:7-14
Key Verse: 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
Israel defeated Jericho and destroyed everything according to the command of the Lord, and no one was allowed to take anything from Jericho; only Rahab and her family were saved.
The Lord desires to fight for us and give us an inheritance, but when we allow evil in our midst, we are defeated and are denied the blessing. Weights often hinder us we are carrying on the family level.
In the next battle against Ai, Israel was defeated, and many of the people were killed. Joshua wept before the Lord until the Lord revealed the reason for the loss.
Inheritance is also a family affair; if there is evil in the family, it can affect the ability to get the inheritance. When there is sin in our midst, the Lord steps aside and no longer fights for or with us.
God required that they must appear before him according to families because they committed a transgression. Coveteousness led Achan to take what was not his, and he hid it in his home, bringing judgment on himself, his family, and the soldiers that went to battle for Israel.
Rise to contend for your family and eliminate any evil the devil accuses you of.
- Thank God for his mercy and his promise to forgive. Exodus 34:6-7
- Appropriate the death and sacrifice of Jesus for your sins and your family. Hebrews 9:15, 28
- Ask for forgiveness for every evil in your family history. Isaiah 59:11-15
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