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Sunday AM Remix – 7.03.11

Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do the impossible?  I mean look at you!!! Just Kidding!  Many times that is exactly what we do, we look at ourselves and our own resources, instead of looking to God, and trusting Him to do what we thought to be  impossible or a mistake.  Gideon is a great example of a person who would give excuse after excuse but in the end would trust God and see Him do something that seemed impossible.

HEROES
“Gideon:  What God Can Do With a Few”
Judges 6-7

* God doesn’t use extraordinary people!  Why? Because there are none! – Romans 3

* God loves taking a zero to a hero, a looser to a leader, the ordinary to extraordinary.

“The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help.”  Judges 6:1-6 (NLT)

 * Throughout  scripture we see the people of God going through these stages – Rebellion – Retribution – Repentance – Restoration

THREE BIG THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM GIDEON

1.  In his CIRCUMSTANCES– Gideon was SHATTERED.

“Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.”  Judges 6:11 (NLT)

* You don’t have to have all of your life together for God to show up.  He’s not dependent on you at all!

2.  By his SURPRISE – Gideon was SELECTED.

“The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!’  ‘Sir,’ Gideon replied, ‘if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, “The Lord brought us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.’   Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!’  ‘But Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!’   The Lord said to him, ‘I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.’”  Judges 6:12-16 (NLT)

* If, Why, Where, But – The four big words of excuses!

  • Remember:  God sees you not only AS YOU ARE but also as you will ONE DAY BE.

 * Apple Illustration – How many seeds are in this apple?  Lesson – We may be able to count how many seeds are in an apple, but there is no way for us to count how many apples are in each seed! God sees the future potential, not just the present reality!

3.  For his GROWTH – Gideon was STRETCHED.

“That night the Lord said to Gideon, ‘Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.’”  Judges 6:25-26 (NLT)

* We have to be rescued from ourselves first, before we can begin to be used to rescue others.

Gideon was stretched in these three areas

  • SPIRITUALLY
  • EMOTIONALLY
  • PHYSICALLY

 4.  Through his GOD – Gideon was SUCCESSFUL.

  • Command #1:  Excuse the COWARDS.

‘Therefore, tell the people, “Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountainand go home.”’ So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.’  Judges 7:3 (NLT)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

 * God doesn’t make public heroes of private cowards!

* Sometimes the Church doesn’t need to get bigger, it needs to get better!

  •  Command #2:  Exclude the Careless.

 “But the Lord told Gideon, ‘There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.’ When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, ‘Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.’ Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.” Judges 7:4-6 (NLT)

* One + God = A Majority

* Note: Worship and cracked pots is all they had – points to the New Testament.

  • Command #3:  Enlist the COMMITTED

“The Lord told Gideon, ‘With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.’  Judges 7:7 (NLT)

“He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.   Then he said to them, ‘Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, “For the Lord and for Gideon!”’ It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’   Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.”  Judges 7:16-22 (NLT)

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