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Dealing with Fears & Weaknesses

Judges 7:1-18, Kristian Diamond, July 22, 2018


Sermon Notes:
  • After Othniel (chapter 3), things went down hill
    • Other Judges, then Gideon
  • God is not calling heroes to save Israel but willing servants
    • Israel might be tempted to think they can conquer Midian in their own strength
    • God uses fear to whittle them down
    • cf Deut 20:8

Fear

  • We are afraid of different things
    • Is our fear stopping us from action?
    • The Church needs action
  • God deals with confidence in man and strength in numbers
    • Personal Example
    • God hears the prayers of the few
  • Are these 300 the bravest mightiest warriors amongst the Israelites?
    • Are they infact the weakest - the least like characters?
    • God does not always use the elite of society
    • God often choses the least likely people
      • Personal example
    • God brings glory to Himself
    • Glory went to God and the privilege went to people
  • Nightmares - do you have a nightmare of a bread roll running down into the tent?
    • They interpreted this as Gideon coming to smash the camp
    • Many of our fears are unreasonable
    • Types of fears - examples
    • It is still a stumbling block and preventing you from action
  • All 32'000 Israelites were afraid - but they all turned up to fight
    • Example of war veterans
  • Why would the Midianites be afraid?
    • They are large in number and have outward confidence
    • Inwardly they are insecure
    • Personal example - Are we fearful of letting God down?, Are we afraid of God Himself?
  • We cannot always overcome our fears
    • We may need to pray daily for strength
    • Sometimes we are delivered from our fears
  • God is not looking for fearlessness but obedience
    • Example of chapter 6
    • Fear is okay - as long as it does not prevent us from action
    • Example of flying and conversation with lady
  • cf Luke 12:4-7
    • We do not need to be afraid of God - if we know Him

Power from weakness

  • Gideon's weakness for power caused him to sin later on
    • God's power is made obvious in our weakness
  • Gideon is a weak man, from a weak tribe
    • This is not a false humility
    • We are weak without God
    • Serving yourself with serving the King is just serving yourself
    • God acknowledges Gideon's weakness - but says 'I will be with you'
  • We need to avoid arrogance in our own strength
    • cf 2 Cor 12:7-10
    • When we are weak God reveals Himself all the more
    • Heb 11:32-34
    • Phil 4:13
  • We should not fear our weaknesses

Reassurance

  • We need reassurance
  • "If you are afraid, go down to the camp..."
    • He will be reassured by knowing that they are fearful
  • We all need reassurance - example
    • As Christians we also need reassurance
    • God loves you
  • Gideon praises God - he is ready to spring into action

Good Leadership

  • A good model for those in Christian leadership
    • Watch me
    • Follow me
    • Do as I do [Emulate me]
      • Be careful because bad leaders can lead us astray
      • Check all against Scripture
      • Example of football
  • Leaders are not perfect, Pastors are not perfect
    • Jesus Christ is the head of the Church - the true leader and He is perfect

Closing Remarks




Sermon Passage:

Judges 7:1-18

1Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 2And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 5So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. 8So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley. 9And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. 10But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: 11And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. 12And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude. 13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. 14And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. 15And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. 16And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 17And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 18When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. (KJV)


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