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Summary: Gideon and the Israelites were afraid and faced with difficulty. They placed their trust in God in hope that he would bring them comfort.

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Introduction:

-Judges: The first 300 years in the promised land after the death of Joshua

-The Midianites, Amalekites, and the Arabians went into the land in large numbers for 7 years

-That caused Israel to hid in caves and to make hidden pits for their grain

-They were in the promised land, they were hiding in caves because the enemies were destroying everything that they couldn’t take back with them

-God’s people were beaten down and depressed

-Satan tries to do the very same thing to us as Christians

-God called a man named Gideon to deliver his people. He did this with the help of only 300 men.

I. Gideon and the Israelites were Afraid

-He was given the job to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites

-That was a hard task to accomplish

-He lacked confidence

-He was to go against the children of Israel because they believed in Baal

-He was to destroy his fathers altar to Baal, and he did it at night

-Gideon went and gathered together people from the tribes of Asher, Manasseh, Zebulun, and Naphtali to help fight against the Midianites.

-God ordered to make the but to test his faith, and Gideon was told to tell them if they were afraid or fearful to return home and 22,000 men left

-vs.17 he asks for a sign, showed doubt

-They were faced with a problem that caused them to be afraid and depressed, without hope

-Most of us have a fear for what God has called us to do: teach, preach, witness, or even love others

-"When a man is defeated by life it is always due, ultimately, to the fact that he is suffering from a spirit of fear...The Spirit of fear is the real, the ultimate cause of all failure in life, and of all unhappiness." Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

-Psalms 27:1

-We all have problems, situations, obstacles in our life that we are afraid of, maybe we are afraid of the problems that Satan may throw our way

-2 Timothy 1:7

-People fear things because they don’t trust in God

-There are two side to fear

-Choosing to overcome it like Gideon

-Running from it like the 22,000 men

II.They Relied on the Power of God

-We see that he trusted God because he obeyed him by tearing down altars and reducing the army

-He knew God’s power through the places and situations God had already delivered them from

-All God wanted Gideon to do was to trust him and let him take care of everything

-Gideon humbled himself, knowing he couldn’t do it alone

-God wants us to rely on him for everything

-He is all-powerful yet loving and merciful to hlep us get rid of our fears

-God wants us to live a bold life, and we can only do that be relying on God

-We are not self-sufficient, God is the only one

-"Without God, God cannot be known." Irenaeus

-We need to rely on God for everything, for our fears and problems

III. God Brought Comfort to Their Fears

-God is the solution to every problem

-"Jesus went without comfort so he could send us the Comforter"-Edith Schaeffer

-2 Corinthians 1:3

-Comfort: To console in time of grief or fear: to make someone feel better, to help

-The presence of God, knowing he is there is what brings comfort


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