Introduction: Every Christian will have
to fight their own Midianites at some point in their life. Consider the
- A Totally Intimidating Foe – 135,000 soldiers (Judges 8:10)
Entrenched Foe – Having ruled for 7 years (Judges 6:1)
Unsettling Foe – Chasing them to dens, etc. (Judges 6:2)
- A Consuming Foe – Leaving no sustenance (Judges
Prayer-inducing Foe – Israel cried to the Lord (Judges 6:5-6)
So now, you have been beaten up by
this foe and have cried to the Lord for deliverance. The Lord promises
to help you. But what do you do? How do you face such a great enemy?
Let Gideon show you the way.
YOUR FEAR WITH FAITH (7:2-3)
Keeps You From Fighting the Battle
freezes you up and keeps you from taking action
does not give you the spirit of fear (2Timothy 1:7)
is Required for Salvation (Romans 10:8-10)
is Necessary in Order to Please God (Hebrews 11:6)
YOUR CARELESSNESS WITH VIGILANCE (7:4-5)
Careless Inhabitants of Laish (Judges 18:7-11)
Careless Soldiers of Gideon (Judges 7:6)
Careless Daughter of Babylon (Isaiah 47:7-8)
YOUR TEACHERS CAREFULLY (7:17-18)
Example of the Apostle Paul (1Corinthians 11:1; 2Timothy 2:2)
Ensamples to the Flock (1Peter 5:3)
Are Your Teachers?
YOUR TRUMPET LOUDLY (7:20)
Purpose of the Trumpet – to call to battle (Numbers 10:9; 31:6; 2Chronicles
Purpose of the Blast – to call attention to yourself in the sense
of letting your enemy know that you are in the fight
you declared yourself a soldier? Or, are you hoping that you can
sit it out without anyone noticing?
YOUR EARTHEN PITCHER (7:20)
Speaks of our Fleshly Nature (2Corinthians 4:7; 2Timothy 2:20-21)
Must Be Broken So We Can Win the Battle (Psalm 34:18; 51:17)
YOUR LAMP HIGH (7:20)
Lamb Must be in the Vessel (Judges 7:16)
Vessel Must Be Broken So the Light Can Be Seen by Others (Judges
are to Shine as Lights in the World (Philippians 2:15-16)
THE SWORD OF THE LORD (7:20)
Sword is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12)
Must First Be the Sword of the Lord – this is its authority (1Thessalonians
Must Then Be Made Our Own Sword – this puts it into our possession
(Colossians 3:16; Jeremiah 15:16)
you a soldier of the cross?
you walking by faith?
you aware of potential dangers?
you learning from the right teachers?
you declared yourself a combatant?
you surrendered your own will?
you hold your lamp high?
you proclaim the sword of the Lord?