Trouble Valley aka One Bad Apple

Recently I was re-reading some notes regarding the book of Joshua which The Bishop describes as a book for people ready to take ownership. Since 2014 for me is about results and ultimately world domination via acting I decided I really needed to READ this book of the bible. Per usual God did NOT disappoint, and I’m not even halfway through!

In chapter 7 by God’s strength Joshua has defeated Jericho and didn’t have to use one sword. They’ve burned the city to the ground and have taken all the gold, silver, bronze, and iron seized from Jericho and put it into the Lords treasury, or so they thought. It turns out Joshua had a fungus in his camp. The toxic member had taken items that were to be destroyed and hid them in his tent. As you move further into the story you’ll find that Joshua and his army were defeated by a city they should have easily taken. This defeat moved Joshua to grief, even asking the Lord why let us come all this way if only to leave us hangin’, and that’s when God said:

Joshua 7:10-12

10 …“Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. 

Later in the text God orders Joshua to purify (cleanse, clean) the people {Joshua 7:13} and he clearly lets Joshua know that they’ll never be able to stand against their enemies if they don’t get rid of the things they were ordered to.

It led me to question what things God has asked me to destroy in my life, be it relationships, financial debts, etc that could be hindering my progress and ultimately my blessings. What things may I have “hidden” and thought no one would know. Somehow forgetting, or ignoring the fact that God knows all. Talk about trying it!

So my question to you is – What hidden fungus, or bad apple is in your life that could be stopping the flow of Gods grace?  At the end of day when God ask you to move on something its best you move. Furthermore, are you sensitive to God’s call, because I’ve found often God comes with a whisper, not a holler and sometimes we’re just not silent enough on the inside to heed the directions God is giving us.

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