What to Do When the Victories Pass

Scripture Passage: 
Joshua 7:2-5

Introduction:  Have you had times in your life where the power of God was manifesting itself?  Have you had times where God’s approval was on your life?  Have you had times where the presence of God was real to you?  Have you had times of great victory?  Are all of those times in the passed?  What should believers do when they get in a time of their life when the victories are seemingly history and the present yields promise of defeat?

  1. THE EARLIER VICTORIES 
    1. The Crossing of the Jordan (Joshua 3:1-17)
      1. The obstacle to overcome (Joshua 3:3-4)
      2. The obedience of the people (Joshua 3:14)
      3. The power of God (Joshua 3:15-17)
    2. The Circumcision of the People of God (Joshua 5:2-9)
      1. The failure to circumcise (Joshua 5:2-6)
      2. The obedience of Joshua (Joshua 5:7)
      3. The approval of God (Joshua 5:9)
    3. The Ceasing of the Manna (Joshua 5:10-12)
      1. The keeping of the Passover (Joshua 5:10)
      2. Food in the plains of Jericho (Joshua 5:11)
      3. The ceasing of manna (Joshua 5:12)
      4. The provision of God (Joshua 5:12)
    4. The Visit From a Captain (Joshua 5:13-15)
      1. Joshua’s encounter with a soldier (Joshua 5:13)
      2. Joshua’s concern for peace (Joshua 5:13)
      3. The revelation of the presence of God (Joshua 5:14-15)
    5. The Defeat of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-5, Joshua 6:20-21, Joshua 6:24)
      1. The victory promised ahead of time (Joshua 6:1-2)
      2. The obedience of the people (Joshua 6:12-16)
      3. The victory given (Joshua 6:20-21, 24)
  2. THE PRESENT DEFEAT 
    1. The Expected Victory (Joshua 7:2-3)
      1. The viewing of Ai (Joshua 7:2)
      2. The assessment of Ai’s ability (Joshua 7:3)
    2. The Horrible Defeat (Joshua 7:4-5)
      1. The Israelites play it safe – “three thousand men” (Joshua 7:4)
      2. The Israelites fled (Joshua 7:4)
      3. The loss of life in the battle (Joshua 7:5)
      4. The loss of confidence in the battle (Joshua 7:5)
    3. The Reason for Defeat
      1. The assumption of Joshua (Joshua 7:6-9)
        1. Joshua’s spiritual devotion (Joshua 7:6)
        2. Joshua’s blame for the defeat (Joshua 7:7-9)
      2. The revelation by God (Joshua 7:10-12)
        1. The Lord’s lack of concern for Joshua’s spiritual appearance (Joshua 7:10)
        2. The Lord’s revelation of the root of the problem (Joshua 7:11)
        3. The Lord’s blame for His departure (Joshua 7:12)
  3. THE LORD'S INSTRUCTIONS AFTER THE DEFEAT 
    1. Do Something – “Up” (Joshua 7:13)
      1. The worst response to defeat is acceptance.
      2. The Lord wanted Joshua to get up and plan on doing something about the situation.
      3. The Lord’s presence would not return until the proper judgment was administered (Joshua 7:12).
    2. Repent – “sanctify the people” (Joshua 7:13)
      1. More times than not when we see the victories pass, we need to evaluate our own hearts and lives and see if we need to repent before God.
      2. The problem was not God; it was that the people needed to be sanctified.

Conclusion:  What are you willing to acknowledge in your own life to obtain the power of God?  Are you willing to put aside your own pride and seek His face?  Are you willing to ask God to identify sin in your heart and repent of it when light comes?  What will it take for you to quit blaming the Lord and start recognizing your own faults?

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:15

It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.