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Summary: To show that as children of GOD, we are growing stronger and stronger against our enemies and our enemies are growing weaker and weaker.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you growing stronger and stronger against your enemies? Yes

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that as children of GOD, we are growing stronger and stronger against our enemies and our enemies are growing weaker and weaker.

IV. TEXT:

Judges 4:24 (Amplified Bible)

4:24 And the hand of the Israelites bore more and more upon Jabin king of Canaan until they had destroyed [him].

V. THESIS:

2 Corinthians 3:18 (Amplified Bible)

3:18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS as You through me behold the WORD of GOD I am constantly transfigured into Your very Image in ever increasing splendour, from one degree to another, from glory to glory, from praise to praise and from honour to honour of Your Name.

VI. TITLE:

We grow stronger than our enemies

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown, but tradition attributes it to Samuel

B. Date written: 1086 - 1035 B.C.

C. Purpose: To review Israel's history following the conquest and prior to the Monarchy; and to demonstrate the consequence of sinful rebellion, in spite of God's repeated gracious provision of political and spiritual leaders.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

D. To whom written: The nation of Israel

E. Main Theme: The History of Israel during the times of the fifteen judges.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

F. Key word: Apostasy

G. Key verse: Judges 17:6 (Amplified Bible)

17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. The Israel of GOD growing stronger

"And the hand of the Israelites bore more and more"

Hand or "yad" in Hebrew which means:

1. open hand indicates power, means, direction

2. it's differentiated from a closed hand

Children or "ben" in Hebrew which means:

1. son, grandson - we are included here

2. subject, nation, quality or condition

Israel or "yisrael" in Hebrew which means:

1. he will rule as GOD

2. posterity - descendants; children, children's children, &c. indefinitely; the race that proceeds from a progenitor.

Prospered, prevailed or "halak" in Hebrew which means:

1. to walk

2. along, behave, come, continually, be conversant

3. depart, be eased, enter, exercise, follow, forward, get, go, grow, lead, march, speedily, spread, still, surely

It's because the LORD JESUS is our wall of protection and always with us to save and deliver us from our enemies. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Jeremiah 15:20-21 (Amplified Bible)

15:20 And I will make you to this people a fortified, bronze wall; they will fight against you, but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you to save and deliver you, says the Lord.

15:21 And I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the palms of the terrible and ruthless tyrants.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amplified Bible)

31:6 Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified Bible)

13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

How do we grow as children of GOD? The answer is "from glory to glory" That is literally, from praise to praise. We grow by praising and glorifying our GOD everyday, growth is not overnight, we have to do our work, we have to sweat in praising GOD, it takes human effort to praise and glorify GOD. Praises and Glories to the LORD our GOD everyday and every moment we can gives us growth. It is different from what the world describes as growth.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (Amplified Bible)

3:18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

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