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Summary: You and I can make any plans we wish to make, God always has the final say in any matter.

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Sept 8, 2013

Judges 7:1-23

GOD HAS THE BEST PLAN

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Intro: Read James 4:13-17.

James councils men against/foolishness making plans without consideration/will of God/matter.

• You and I can make any plans we wish to make

• God always has the final say in any matter.

• when we learn His plans for the situation

• then we make our plans based on His plans

• We find out that He had the best plan all along!

• We humans like to make our plans, don’t we?

• We want things to go the way we want them to go.

• Have you ever thought that God might have a better plan?

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Peter/others/fished all night w/o catching a fish Luke 5

• Jesus told/put/deep water/they would catch fish

• Peter’s plan/forget fishing for/day/go home.

• But, when he obeyed/Lord, he found out/God had the best plan!

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When Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die, Peter rebuked the Lord, Matt. 16:21-23.

• Peter thought he had a good plan

• when Jesus went to the cross and paid sins forever

• Peter found out that God had the best plan.

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When Goliath saw David coming to meet him for battle

• he/plans/kill David/feed/carcass/scavengers/field, 2 Sam 17

• when/stone sank deep into/forehead/he fell/earth dead

• He found out that God had the best plan!

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When Israel sent spies/Canaan/saw/giants/lived there, Num13

• Made plans/find themselves/new leader/go back/Egypt.

• But, over/next forty years/died one by one/wilderness

• They learned that God has the best plan.

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I could go on giving you example/example/pages/God’s Word,

• This truth/fleshed out well/passage we have read/Judges.

When Gideon/his army/battle, must have had/plan

• Before/battle/joined/victory was won

• They found out that God had the best plan.

I would like for us to consider that thought today:

• God Has The Best Plan

• let’s learn/lesson/God’s plan may not/easiest plan

• not be/most popular plan

• not even seem like/smartest plan

• but God always has the best plan!

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I. THE REALITIES OF GOD’S PLAN

a. v. 2-7 God’s Plan Is A Different Plan

• Gideon planned/march/battle/32,000 soldiers

• But God had a different plan!

• Context/how God whittled down army

• Trembles with fear—20,000 left.

• Still too many!!!!!!!! I will sift them!!!!!

• Lap/tongues—kneel down to drink

• 300 lapped with their hands…..

• Let the others go each to his own place.

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When we make our plans for our lives, we always try to stack the deck in our favor.

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