Almost Moments

Almost Moments

Incomplete obedience will cost you the ones you should have won.

  • Big Picture
    • Moses has handed the leadership baton to Joshua
    • God introduces the concept of firsts to Joshua. – If you dedicate the first one to me, I will bless you with the rest
    • They defeat Jericho in dramatic fashion
    • The next battle is Ai. Small town. Not expected to be difficult
    • They lose 36 men and are routed – Joshua 7
    • God reveals that someone went off script and outside the lines.
    • We will discover the antidote to almost moments
  • There Is A Link Between How We Handle Today’s Blessing With How We Will Fair In Tomorrow’s Battle
    • Victory is about gratitude not gain
    • Therefore, we should be quick to honor God first.

Joshua 6:15-17a,18-19
15 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city. 17a And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the LORD for destruction. 18 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. 19 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD.”

  • Stick To The Plan
    • Complete Obedience Will Allow You To Win The Ones You Should Have Lost — Jericho
    • Incomplete Obedience Will Cost You The Ones You Should Have Won – Ai
    • It Would Have Worked

Joshua 7:20-21
20 Achan told Joshua, “It is true. I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel in this way: 21 I saw among the goods we seized a nice robe from Babylon, two hundred silver pieces, and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels. I wanted them, so I took them. They are hidden in the ground right in the middle of my tent with the silver underneath.”

  • 3 Ingredients To Almost Moments
    • When Emotions Are High, Clarity Is Low
    • Lack Of Vision Will Cost You Victories
      • He Was Impatient
      • He Was Shortsighted
      • When we lack the vision we turn inward
      • He Traded The Glory Of Tomorrow For The Sin Of Today
      • His family would have inherited so much more
    • “I Wanted, So I Took” – Personal Agendas
      • Personal Agendas Assassinate Team Accomplishments
      • Selfishness will always sabotage the team

Joshua 24:15
15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

  • The Antidote To Almost Moments
    • It can not be about the gods behind you
    • It can not be about the gods around you
    • It must be about the God inside you