Make War 3
This is Part 3 of our series on Make War
Loosing a Battle but Winning the War (Text – Joshua 6:1-9, 8:1)
After the battle of Jericho the children of Israel went to battle with a small city called Ai. Jericho was a fortified city with many citizens and Ai was not. This should have been an easy victory but they lost the battle. After the battle the children of Israel began to complain, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! (Joshua 7:7 NLT)”
The Lord then points out that there was sin in the camp and that is why they lost the battle. After they dealt with the sin they returned to fight and won the war. This lesson focused on the fact that there will be times that we will lose a battle against sin. So what should we do when we lose a battle?
1. Remember that this was a battle not the whole war. The rest of the story is still to be written. Don’t give up.
2. Reflect and try to discover why you lost the war. Who was with you, where were you, what was going on, what happened before, how were you doing emotionally, what time of day was it, have I been praying lately, attending church, and these and many more questions to help you discover any common themes when we sin.
3. If you do this enough times you will discover patterns and then you need to develop a battle plan. There may be places you can’t go, you may have to put boundaries on friendships, be more attentive to making time for God, know when you feel a certain way that you are more likely to sin, etc.
4. Doing battle against Satan is hard. We will lose some battles but our goal is to win the war. Don’t give up!