Summary: God calls the unlikeiest people to do His work and accomplish His purpose. Part 1 in a series of 5 sermons about Gideon.
One of the greatest stories of victory is found in Judges 6 concerning Gideon.
I. God had a purpose. Judges 6:1-6
-God had brought the people out of Egypt.
-They had conquered the Land.
-God was to be their King.
-Judges would be God’s leaders.
-They were to posses the Land.
-They were to serve the Lord ONLY
B. The people did evil. Vs 1
-They were following the gods of the people.
-They had turned their back on the Lord.
-Judges 21:25 sums up the situation in Israel.
C. The people were defeated by their enemy.
-They were hiding out. Vs 2
-The enemy had stolen everything from them.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
D. When they were in trouble the people “cried unto
the Lord. Vs 6-7
-Why is we only turn to God when we get in trouble.
-This trouble began with their disobedience.
II. The Lord sent a Prophet. (preacher) vs 8
-I brought you up out of the world.
-I gave you this land. Vs 9
-I am the LORD you God.
-Do not go after the gods of the Amorites.
A. YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED MY VOICE.
-Ingratitude- Not thankful for what God had done.
-Comfortable – God had blessed them
-Selfishness – God had given them everything.
-Irreverent – No longer loved or worshipped God.
B. The prophet only showed them the obvious.
-Sometimes we just need to be reminded.
-Sometimes we need to be reprimanded.
-Sometimes we need to be awakened
-Sometimes we just need revival.
III. God had a plan. Vs 11-16
A. God’s plan always begins with a man.
B. Gideon. Vs 11-12
-Gideon was also hiding. Vs 11
-The Lord appeared unto him, it was the Lord Himself. “the angel of the Lord”
-The Lord is with thee. You are not alone
-Thou might man of valour. Vs 12
-God saw something no one else could see.
--Example of David.
-Valour – brave
C.Gideon’s doubts. Vs 13
-Why is this happening to us?
-Where are the miracles?
-Go. Vs 14
-Thou shalt save.
-Have not I sent thee.
E.God’s device. – Sometimes we are the solution we are praying for.
-How can I do it?
-My family is poor
-I am the least in my father’s house.
-This is right where God wants us.
-This is the kind of person that God can use.
E.God response. Vs 16
-I will be with thee.
-You can do it.
-Have you said "Lord, Here am I send somebody else?
-You may be the answer to your own prayers.
-God can use you like He used Gideon