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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




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