July 6, 2018

Joshua 8:1 (NLT) — 1 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. Take all your fighting men and attack Ai, for I have given you the king of Ai, his people, his town, and his land.

Our God is a God of commands not suggestions. Suggestions would suggest that we have a better idea. God knows that we don’t. We become afraid and discouraged when we view people as being bigger than God.

Joshua 8:2 (NLT) — 2 You will destroy them as you destroyed Jericho and its king. But this time you may keep the plunder and the livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the town.”

Jericho was the tithe, the first fruit of the land. That was given to the Lord and now they could enjoy the rest of the plunder.

Joshua 8:4 (NLT) — 4 with these orders: “Hide in ambush close behind the town and be ready for action.

Our God is a God of action. As his offspring each day we should be ‘ready for action’. With the armor of God on we are now ready to face the day. We are ready to face the world and its ways, our sinful nature and its desires and the devil and his schemes.

Joshua 8:5 (NLT) — 5 When our main army attacks, the men of Ai will come out to fight as they did before, and we will run away from them.

Our God always has a plan. As his offspring we to should have a plan. We need a plan for how we will handle each moment of the day. How will we handle people cutting us off in traffic? How will we handle an incompetent worker at the store we shop in? How will we handle being slandered? How will we handle bad news or the loss of a loved one? How will we handle…? You know the old saying, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail”.

Joshua 8:8 (NLT) — 8 Set the town on fire, as the Lord has commanded. You have your orders.”

Again ‘be ready for action’ was not a suggestion it was a command.

Joshua 8:17 (NLT) — 17 There was not a man left in Ai or Bethel who did not chase after the Israelites, and the town was left wide open.

A couple of lessons for us here. When we chase after things or people that do not meet the LORD’s approval we leave ourselves wide open for failure. Also we should always ask ourselves what will be the outcome of what I am about to do?

Joshua 8:25 (NLT) — 25 So the entire population of Ai, including men and women, was wiped out that day—12,000 in all.

Our God is a God of holiness there is no sin in him. We can’t keep a few pet sins alive in our lives. It all must be repented of and let go.

Joshua 8:29 (NLT) — 29 Joshua impaled the king of Ai on a sharpened pole and left him there until evening. At sunset the Israelites took down the body, as Joshua commanded, and threw it in front of the town gate. They piled a great heap of stones over him that can still be seen today.

Our God hates sin and so should we. Put to death the evil deeds of the body by the Spirit of Jesus that lives within you.
Romans 8:13 (NLT) — 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.

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