Victory at Ai

Joshua 8:1-35

This chapter begins with Israel facing the same city that they faced previously and failed to conquer. There were a number of reasons for their defeat, but the primary reason was that there was sin in their midst that had not been dealt with. That sin caused them to be defeated at Ai. Now, they are back and it was time for Israel to go and face these people in battle once again.

This is the way it works in the Christian life. When we sin, we must deal with the sin on God's terms. Then and only then we can have victory. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to "…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and … run with patience…" Sin entangles us in our Christian walk, but as we confess, repent, and find God's forgiveness He will bless us, and we will be able to run the race with confidence.

I. The Promised Victory v1-2

II. God Always Has a Plan

III. Worship is the Result of Victory

Victory can be ours when we choose to obey His Word. Blessing or cursing? The choice is ours. Is our life characterized by defeat? Then it is time for confession and repentance. Is our life characterized by victory? Then it is time for worship. Whatever the need, come.