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KEYS TO VICTORY (GIDEON: JUDGES 6)

Pattern of the Israelites: Unfaithfulness

Judges 2:17b

...for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them.


Judges 2:11-12

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger.

Gideon: The Chosen Deliverer

Under Midianite Oppression

Judges 6:5-6

For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 

And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.


Rebuke

Judges 6:7-10

When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, 8 the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. 9 And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice.”


Gideon

Judges 6:11b-16

Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”


13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”


14 And the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 


15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” 


16 And the LORD said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

1. The Grace of God

Judges 6:12 & 16

The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”

“But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”


Statements About Mankind from Romans 3

-none is righteous, no, not one

-all have turned away

-there is no one who does good, not even one

-their throats are open graves

-their tongues practice deceit

-the poison of vipers is on their lips

-their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness

-their feet are swift to shed blood

-ruin and misery mark their ways

-the way of peace they do not know

-there is no fear of God before their eyes

-no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight

-for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God


Romans 3:23-25b

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.


Romans 5:2

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

2. Surrender

> Surrender your pride

> Surrender your past

> Surrender your will

3. Alignment

Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.