Achan The Chief Prayer Leader In The Churches Of Jesus Christ
Text: Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.”
“For God is not unrighteous TO FORGET YOUR WORK AND LABOUR OF LOVE, WHICH YE HAVE SHEWED TOWARD HIS NAME, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” says Hebrews 6:10. However, because GOD is GOD and not man Numbers 23:19, He cannot change Malachi 3:6 nor can He contradict Himself concerning the position of His word, which actually He exalts above all His names Psalms 138:2. Understanding this position of GOD therefore will give us the insight to knowing why our prayers that we pray seemed unheard or being regarded by GOD.
Just as our text denotes above, GOD is ever ready to hear and answer every prayer prayed unto Him through the name of JESUS CHRIST which is the ONLY access to reaching GOD Acts 4:12, but yet everyone that prays must fulfill his/her own part of the bargain before GOD will fulfill His. This is not unmindful of the fact that even people who do not meet the requirement of GOD will not be heard nor answered by GOD anyway, because the gifts and calling of GOD are without repentance Romans 11:29. So let’s understand this point as we go on.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible gave a logical explanation why our prayers are not being heard by GOD. It reads “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” From this passage of the scripture, it is abundantly clear that GOD does not just hear every kind of prayer from every kind of people. There must be an alignment between the man that is praying and the GOD that is answering, which Brother James simplified in his epistle when he declared by the Holy Ghost “Ye ask (pray), and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” James 4:3.
Therefore, until we repent from our sins, start praying aright, after cleansing ourselves thoroughly from the entanglement of flesh and spirit, in perfecting holiness in the fear of GOD 2 Corinthians 7:1, and working out our salvation daily with fear and trembling Philippians 2:12, we may continue to think that we are praying expecting answers whereas we are thousands of kilometers apart from GOD because He cannot behold iniquity as there is no unrighteousness in Him Psalms 92:15. I hope you will recall here that GOD the Father had to abandon JESUS CHRIST on the cross when He puts our sins upon Himself Isaiah 53:3-4. GOD is still GOD and He cannot change His standards because of any man today.
In the churches of JESUS CHRIST today all over the world, Achans are not just the prayer leaders in these churches; they are equally the presidents and founders of the churches who pasturing the sheep of CHRIST. You may not be able to swallow this pea now but in due time, you shall be strong enough to swallow it, as your flesh and sensual intelligence is still the master right now. Achans abound everywhere and we should never blind our eyes over this fact.
Achan was part of the victorious army of the LORD, who yesterday partook of the war against Jericho. However, in the course of carrying out the instructions of the LORD regarding Jericho Joshua 6:17-19, Achan compromised on his duties. He stole from the accursed things Israel was warned of GOD and he brought it to the camp of the saints cunningly. The churches of JESUS CHRIST whose foundations are actually on the rock must sanitize their congregation and flush out all attachment of achanism in their midst because sooner than later, it shall become a snare to the entire congregation.
Achan, even though he knew of his wicked acts yesterday though hidden from the pastor, was again the prayer leader that was sent to battle Ai. By the time Israel fell to the uncircumcised Ai, they have to conduct a censors to ascertaining those with them bodily but against them heartily. This censors eventually exposed the atrocities of chief prayer warrior Achan, who eventually was killed alongside his family members that knew nothing about his sins.
Brethren, the Achans of today are sophisticated and they occupy the highest realm in the churches of CHRIST. As a result of their position, the sheep of CHRIST have concluded that these Achans are true shepherds but they are true wolves appearing in sheep clothing. And mind you, an Achan can never conduct a prayer meeting that will expose another Achan because for the blind to lead another blind, both are heading to the pit Matthew 15:14.
Achans must be exposed, disgraced and punished by the HOLY GHOST before the churches of CHRIST will become what they’ve been created to be. The continuous stay of Achan as our pastors, prayer leaders, and the rest, will cause the churches of CHRIST never to discover themselves. The ears of the LORD is not deaf towards our prayers especially as the insecurities in Nigeria poses a great threat to the church, but how do you expect GOD to intervene when Achans are those in the forefront in all prayer meetings? The LORD will only hearken to those that call unto Him from a pure heart 2 Timothy 2:22.
In order for our prayers to be heard and answered by GOD, all Achans in the churches of JESUS CHRIST must be dislodge, sacked and flush out. Don’t forget that until every Achan in the churches of CHRIST die, the uncircumcised Ai will continue to defeat the church. Until the Achans in the churches die, true messages of truth, holiness and righteousness will never be preached and the followers of these Achans will continually think that they are heaven-bound, not knowing that straight to hell fire is their journey from the pulpit. Take a stand today!
So, are you an Achan? Remember, all Achans, irrespective of their position, wealth, fame, intellect, and what have you are hell fire bound. Achan, there’s mercy flowing from the stream of the LORD now, repent and forsake all your schism now before death knock on your door.
GOD is love 1 John 4:8, and He does not want any to perish John 3:16. Achan, surrender your life to JESUS CHRIST so that you will escape the damnation of your soul in hell fire. This is the time to do it now.
The Achan Story Joshua 7:1-26
1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
6 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.
7 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!
8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
11 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.
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.
13 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.
14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
15 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.
16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.
24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.”