Scripture Reading: Joshua 7: 12
Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
Reflection: The mission to overthrow Jericho was a great success. In the minds of Israel, Ai their next mission was even going to be far more easier. The men of Ai were few and their city was not as fortified as that of Jericho. But the unexpected happened. Israel lost the battle and were humiliated beyond their widest imagination. What was responsible for this? In prayer, Joshua discovered why- Israel had come under a curse because one of its soldiers had secretly kept in his possession some accursed goods from their previous conquest. Actually God had forewarned them against taking any goods that belonged to their heathen enemies. From this story we understand that the presence of an accursed item in your possession may defile you and bring you under its power. Be led by the Holy Spirit and stick to his leadings in life. Should HE tell you not to bring something into your possession or take out of your possession, just obey!
You will remain undefeated in your battles!
Prayer: Lord, keep me away from accursed items.