Summary: The 7th in a series of messages from the book of Joshua dealing with living a victorious Christian life.

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Sermon by: Dr. Todd Morris

Text: Joshua 8:1-35 (read 1-2)

Title: How To Ambush Your Ai

Date: February 1, 2004

Introduction: Chapter 8 of Joshua finds Israel facing the same city that it faced in chapter 7, the little city of Ai. The first time Israel went to battle with Ai, they lost, and 36 of them were killed. There are many reasons for their loss, but the primary one, we discussed in the last message, they were defeated because there was sin in their midst that had not been dealt with. That sin caused their defeat, but now they are back and it is time for Ai to be faced once again.

Before we move forward through these verses this morning I want to tell you that Ai, in the Bible is a typology of the flesh. The word “Ai” means, “a heap of ruins.” That is a good way to describe the flesh in which we live. The first mention of this city is found in Genesis, when we are told that Abraham pitched his tent, “between Bethel and Hai.” The name Bethel means, “House of God.” Isn’t it interesting that many church members have pitched their tents between the house of God and a heap of ruins? Do you see the connection? You can either live in a place of victory and blessing, or you can live in a place of misery and defeat. You can either have a Bethel kind of life or an Ai kind of life. The choice is up to you.

Just like Israel, we often lose battles with our Ai (the flesh), but through the Lord Jesus Christ we can learn how to ambush our Ai and walk away with the victory in our lives. I don’t know the battles you are fighting with the flesh, but I do know that you can win the victory, and these verses tell us how. Lets look together and learn how to ambush your Ai.


A. A Word About Winning (1) – God gives Joshua the assurance of winning.

B. A Word About Waiting (2) – This time God says they can have all the spoils, if Achan had just waited on God he could have had far more than he took in disobedience.


A. They Had God’s Plan (3-17) – God told them exactly how they were to mount the attack.

B. God Has A Plan For Our Victory

1. The Word of God – I Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.”

2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2. Prayer - Luke 18:1 – “And he spake a parable unto them saying that men ought always to pray and not faint.”

3. Church Attendance – Hebrews 10:25 – “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is…”

4. The Fellowship of the saints – 1 Corinthians 12:27 – “Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

None of these things will give us victory in and of themselves, but we need each to strengthen us and help us grow in the Lord. If we neglect any of these areas we will suffer spiritually, and be more prone to follow the flesh.

C. They Had God’s Power (18-23)

1. Israel fought the battle, but God gave the victory!

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