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defeat   In Joshua 7 Israel goes up against their enemies after a great victory against Jericho in Chapter 6. The battle doesn't go too well and Joshua seems to be devastated by the defeat. He starts to ask God why. Joshua 7:6-7 reads, And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! God goes on to tell him that Israel couldn't defeat their enemies because they had an accursed thing among them. Joshua 7:10-13, And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. 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. 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. If we jump down to verse 15 it says, And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel. The LORD told Joshua to burn with fire the person who had done these. I mention this because so many believe the false teaching of keeping the law and actually have the mindset that they can keep the law. This is simply a slap in the face to the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, yet in the same sentence they will claim grace and the blood of Jesus Christ. Under the law this was supposed to happen, yet we don't see those that keep the law doing this. I believe God is just and no respecter of persons as the word states in Acts 10:34. How could God give His beloved people victory when the exact same thing He is against they did and also had? God tells Joshua they need to remove the accursed thing from among themselves and then they could defeat their enemy. Not only was the accursed thing removed but the person that did such. Today it's the same problem. God has made us promises. He has promised us eternal life through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, but many cannot receive the promises of God, nor defeat their enemy. Why? The accursed thing among them has not been removed. The accursed thing being themselves. We see and know that Satan is cursed because of his pride, the love of himself above God Almighty. When you do research on the beliefs of Satanist, it is exactly this. A Satanist is one who loves themselves more than anything or anybody. They are their own God. It's all about self, do as thou wilt, self-preservation, self-indulgence. Many people today are Satanist and don't even realize it. Matter of fact, it is those who live a seemingly normal life as doctors, lawyers, nurses, your everyday mechanics, or your everyday jobs that are more satanic than those we see dressed in black doing rituals. Including many professing Christians. Matthew 25:41 states, Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. First Satan, then his angels, and all those who follow suit, those who are also prideful and accursed. God's word says cursed is everyone that wants to keep the law, but doesn't continue in ALL the law. By keeping the law you are boasting in pride. You are proclaiming that your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood that He shed. Your stating that you are perfect and have the power within yourself to keep the law perfectly, without having the perfect power of the Holy Ghost dwelling in you. Therefore raising yourself up to the level of God Himself, who is the only one that can and could keep the law perfectly. Mankind not only raises itself up the level of God in trying to keep the law, but tries to in everything, in every aspect of their lives. We also know a person that has ever sinned is cursed. How so? Because sin leads to the curse of death. Until the accursed thing(yourself and self-righteousness) are removed, you will continue to fall in battle and into the hands of the enemy. Truth be told, many people set their own trap and fall into it, therefore showing who the real enemy is a lot of times. Psalms 141:10, Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape. Psalms 7:14-15, Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. Until you die to self and are born again you will continue to be defeated in battle. Luke 9:23-25, And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? The accursed thing that is keeping you from victory and overcoming has been right there the whole time....yourself. Many are claiming defeat, but how can you claim defeat if you know you already have victory in the Lord Jesus Christ? Majority are claiming victory when they are already defeated because of the accursed thing among them, which is themselves. Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. https://youtu.be/bc0KZFPXraw

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