Joshua 8:1-29

Today we hear much about “attack,” not only by way of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the threat with North Korea, but also among the left media against our President and conservatism.

According to Webster’s Dictionary “attack” means to begin to perform, to undertake, to enter upon. It is also the offensive part of a contest as; “his attack was better than his defense.”

Let me say that to fight the devil we cannot just resist him, but we must launch an all out attack.

Napoleon was asked, “what are three most important things necessary to fight in a war: money, money and money. In warfare men are nothing, a man is everything.”

Today it is more like: money, machinery, and men. But, to the Christian it is:

The Armour – his protection.

The Sword – his source of fighting.

The Spirit – his source of power.

Napoleon, in addressing his soldiers after victory over Milan said, “Yes, soldiers, you have done much, but remains there nothing more to do? Shall it be said of us that we knew how to conquer, but not how to make use of victory? Well then, let us set forth we have still forced marches to make, enemies to subdue, laurels to gather, injuries to revenge. Let those who have sharpened the daggers of civil war in France, who have basely murdered our ministers and burnt our ship at Toulon, TREMBLE!”

That’s probably the last time France caused any other nation to tremble, ha. But, listen to what else he said:

“The whole art of war consists of a careful and well-thought out defensive, together with a swift and bold offensive. The art of war (he said at the beginning of his career) consists, with inferior forces, in always having larger forces than the enemy at the point of attack or defense.”

To win a war, Napoleon summed up everything by these words: “no precise rules can be laid down, everything depends on the character of the General, his abilities, his weaknesses weather and a thousand other circumstance which never repeat themselves.”

The way I see it, that is the problem with all this is, too many politicians not listening to the Generals.

Napoleon did more than win battles; he gave France laws which for the most part still endure. Until, of course President Chirac came into power.

Let me say that God has enlisted us to fight the good fight of faith for Him.

So, what can we do to launch this all-out attack on our enemy; the devil?

We have to do more than resist him, but again, we must launch an all out attack.

The Armour and weapons of our warfare are all offensive, not defensive weapons.


This is where Joshua failed in the battle of Ai the first time in chapter seven.

In this battle, God encourages Joshua to attack, with the assurance of success, and directs him what method to take,

The Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not

By the implementation of justice on Achan in chapter seven, the wrath of God was turned away, the children of Israel were reassured, defeat was succeeded by victory; and the case of Ai gives us an example of God’s chastisements for sin, and how they are often made to pave the way for greater victories in the future.

Joshua, who had been greatly discouraged, but was encouraged by a special promise given to him in Joshua 1:6, “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them,” and Deuteronomy 31:6-8).

Take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai

The number of fighting men amounted to six hundred thousand, and the whole force was ordered into battle. The rest of the people, including the women and children, stayed in the camp at Gilgal.

 I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land … lay thee an ambush for the city

God assured Joshua of Ai’s defeat, but allowed him to follow his own tactics in achieving the victory.