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Recovering Lost Ground (8 of 15)
Series: Journey Into Freedom
Joshua 8:1; 30-34
If you have your Bible this morning I’d like you to turn to Joshua chapter 8, Joshua chapter 8 as we continue our series on ‘‘Journey Into Freedom’’. Joshua 8:1 we have the message ‘‘Recovering Lost Ground’’. You remember the story of the children of Israel, how they had been victorious at Jericho, how God gave them a mighty victory and then last week we saw that they went from glorious victory to shameful defeat. They went to the next city, a very small city and they failed miserably. They were defeated miserably because of sin in the camp. We looked at the power and the progress and the outcome of secret sin. But now God gives them a second chance. Aren’t you glad that God gives us a second chance? If you’re glad God gives a second chance give a hand clap to the Lord today. Amen! You know, you may have lost ground in your life. There may be somebody here today that five years ago, ten years ago, twenty years ago, experienced a terrible defeat in your Christian life and you’ve not yet recovered that ground that you’ve lost. The good news is that you can recover lost ground. Today God’s Word tells us how to do it.
Now, the Bible says here in verse 1 ‘‘And the Lord’’. Aren’t you grateful for that? It begins with the Lord. What a wonderful way to begin a chapter or a service: ‘‘and the Lord.’’ Because you see the Lord is going to do something special. Joshua 7 ends with Israel in the valley of Achor. The valley of Achor is the valley of defeat. It is the valley of lost victory, the valley of lost ground, but now they are going to recover the ground they have lost. Continuing in verse 1, ‘‘And the Lord said unto Joshua, ‘Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.’’’ God enabled them to win a victory even though they had mis ...
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