We know that in the body of Christ that we are all members. 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” Just as our natural body has many members, each member is part of the whole.
As I read Joshua 7, I noted again that though Achan sinned alone, God’s anger affected all the children of Israel. Verse 1 says, “But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan…took of the accursed things.”
In Joshua 6:18, God laid out His specific instructions. It says, “And you, by all means, abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.”
Have you ever considered that your disobedience to God’s word affects all of the body of Christ? That is a heart shaking truth. Verse 13 says, “…you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
Church, we are here. We are living this out in our country. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that we are to humble ourselves and pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. Until we do that He will not heal our land.
1 Peter 4:17 says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
1 Corinthians 12:25 says, “That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” One of the ways we can do that is Galatians 6:1. It says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
Accountability is the undergirding for walking in heart integrity. What do you do when no one is watching? That is the fruit borne from your character or lack of it. Achan’s lack of character brought destruction. Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”
Paul urged his readers to be proactive. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in faith. Test yourselves…” The Lord allowed satan to test Peter. He was sifted as wheat is sifted. The chaff of denial was brought out of hiding.
The Holy Spirit is our Excellent Diagnostic Technician. We can go before Him and ask Him to search our heart. He will reveal the hidden (accursed) things that are alloy, which constantly weaken our faith. Hidden sin will keep us from being able to stand against the enemy of our soul, individually and collectively as the body of Christ.