Learning From Defeat by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #100, CT #1261

Joshua 8

We continue ministering the Word in this wonderful book of victory and
progress, having experienced a week of great victory and progress, this last
week in revival. We know that God is at work in this church and many of our
churches here in Central Florida, and believe that we should attack and live
victoriously in the world, I also recognize as a pastor, that many times people
are defeated. Some of the most defeated people in the world are Christians, and
there's no reason for us to live a defeated life in the light of what God has to
give and what He offers. Can you learn anything from defeat? I believe you
can, and I pray this message will speak to your heart.
I heard about a GI who was overseas. He received one of those famous "Dear
John" letters from his fiancee. Not only did she write him that letter, but at
the same time she requested her picture back, which is a double blow. To get a
letter and then want your picture back, I don't know if you've ever gotten one
of those, men. I've received one or two in my lifetime, and it hurt, especially
if she wanted her picture back.
So, this boy just said, "All right." But here's what he did. He got all of
his buddies together and they got all the pictures of all the girlfriends
they'd ever had. They gave them to him, put them in a box and sent it home to
his ex-fiancee with a little note on top of it. "Here are some pictures of my
girlfriends. I forgot which one you are. Please pick out yours." You see, you
can learn a lot from defeat.
In this wonderful story in the Book of Joshua, you'll recall they had been
defeated. They had conquered Jericho. It looked like everything was going to
be easy from then on. But, there was sin in the camp and when they came to take
Ai, it was nothing like Jericho. They were in th ...

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