Never Been Before - Part 4 of 5



“Winning the Battle You’ve Lost Before”
Series: “A Place We’ve Never Been Before” (Part 4 of 5)

27 “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land. 1 But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things…” Joshua 6:27-7:1 (NIV)


To Win the Battle You’ve Lost Before…

1. Remember: The                                always                               .

1 “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.” Joshua 7:1 (NIV)

4 “So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, 5 who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water. 6 “Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.” Joshua 7:4-6 (NIV)

31 “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)


2. Before you get caught,                               .

25 “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.” Joshua 7:25 (NIV)


Rationalizations that lead to Sin…

•    It’s just this once. I can handle it.
•    No one will know.
•    Everyone else is doing it.
•    It can’t be wrong because it feels right.
•    God will forgive me.

TRUTH: We ALL need repentance

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19 (NIV)


3. Try again, this time                               .

34 “Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel.” Joshua 8:34-35 (NIV)

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:3-8a (NIV)


Text “Prayer” to 642-123

Digging Deeper-

READ: Joshua 6:27-7:25, 8:35-37


1.    What part of this story, or this weekend’s message impacted you most?


2.    What’s the significance of verse 27?


3.    Why do you think Joshua begins to question God? How did God respond?


4.    How could one person cause so much damage to so many?


5.    What battle(s) are you fighting now? Do you feel like you are winning or losing?


6.    Pastor Tim said there are 3 ways to win the battles you’ve lost before. Of those 3 principles, which do you need to focus on to overcome? Set goals with your group, or with another Christian so they can keep encouraging you to stay on the right path with God.




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