Summary: Some of us think we need more or less but we simply need to reorganize what we already have.
Sermon Scripture: Judges 7:2-7 (KJV)
Judges 7:2 And 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. 3 Now 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. 4 And 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. 5 So 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. 6 And 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. 7 And 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.
Have you ever noticed how in the beginning you were able to operate succesfully with the bare minimum equipment?
However as time progressed it took more and more to do the same job that it started off taking just bare minimum equipment
Is it because we are getting better at what we do or is it because we are simply losing some of the passion that God has placed in our hearts to do his will
I remember when I first started to preach. I had received my call from God and I was truly on fire. I was ready to go wherever and do whatever to spread the word of God. However as time rolled and I began to really understand my calling better I began to realize that there was such a thing as teaching in error. I began to realize that just because it made sense to me that doesn’t make it the word of God. This made me realize that God only stands behind His word and not mine when I am using my own intellect
Some of us as teachers and preachers of the word of God are still learning this valuable lesson now
We are still learning that God is only authorizing us to speak and teach His word and not our common sense approaches to life
I found it amazing how I would speak a common sense word so loud and proud and then look to the bible to back up what I said and the bible just leave me out there by myself because I had not taken the time to consult with the bible before I spoke
God made it abundantly clear to me during this time that I must change because His word never will
There are many people of God that have chosen to give up speaking on God’s behalf because it requires them to actually study and really get to know Him personally before they can actually speak about Him with confidence
Some of us are even living our lives in err right now because we heard a word from a preacher that made sense but wasn’t scripture and we never take the time to read for ourselves
There are times when God protects His sheep when they are confused by the Shepard but when you know to do better and have the ability to do better then that is what you must do
I am amazed at how sometimes I can study a word and really think that I have an understanding to the point where I am ready to share with the people of God but if the Lord is not with me I will sound like an idiot
In other words, even in my most careful studies using all of the latest and greatest research tools I have to always pray that the Lord is with me to share the word.
There are times when I share a word with people of God that I am not really comfortable with and the people of God completely understand and are able to digest it and it lines up with scripture perfectly
I have said all of this to introduce the idea that we need to reorganize our lives saints