JUDGES 6 - Gideon
1 anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
BIG IDEA: FEAR LIMITS YOU, BUT YOU CAN LIVE UNLIMITED
FEAR - INTELLECTUAL ANTICIPATION OF HARM
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MIND SHAPES OUR DESTINY
PAUL - RENEW YOUR MIND - ROMANS 12:2
WORD - LOGOS - LOGIC - THINKING OF GOD
JEREMIAH 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
PEACE - THE OPPOSITE OF FEAR
FEAR = ANXIETY
PHILLIPIANS 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
PAIN IS PREDICTABLE BUT PEACE IS THE PROMISE
JOHN 16:33b In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
THE VERY THING KEEPING YOU IN A CAVE
IS THE THE VERY THING THAT CHRIST CAME AND OVERCAME
11-12 One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the
FEAR SELLS YOU BASIC WHEN YOU’VE BEEN CREATED FOR GREATNESS
The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!”13 Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us—he has turned us over to Midian.”
FEAR LOOKS BACK // FAITH LOOKS FORWARD
14 But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?”
ROMANS 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
ROMANS 2:4 God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance
15 Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.”
THE WORD EXPOSES OUR TRUE IDENTITY
2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 ”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
16 God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”
HEBREWS 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
ROMANS 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
ROMANS 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
YOUR PAST IS THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE
‘SHELTERS’ HAD BECOME ‘STRONGHOLDS’
FEAR GIVES THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY
BUT REMOVES YOU FROM YOUR PURPOSE
FEAR SAYS YOU CAN’T
BREAK THE CYCLE
FEAR SAYS YOU CAN’T, FAITH SAYS YOU CAN