(un)LIMITED V

(un)LIMITED V

JUDGES 7:1-8

So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. 3 Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain[a] and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.4 But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” 5 When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” 6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.7 The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” 8 So Gideon collected the provisions and rams’ horns of the other warriors and sent them home. But he kept the 300 men with him.

THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE AREN’T THE ONES WHO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO KNOW GOD DOES

IN OUR LIVES, OUR INSTINCT SELDOM MATCHES GOD’S PLAN

JUDGES 7: 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.

GOD WILL SHARE HIS VICTORY, BUT HE WILL NEVER SHARE HIS GLORY

  1. STRENGTH ISN’T IN NUMBERS, STRENGTH IS IN GOD
    1. JUDGES 7: 3 Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain[a] and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight.
    2. PROXIMITY DOESN’T ALWAYS EQUAL PARTNERSHIP
      1. PSALM 46:1 …an ever-present help in trouble.
    3. JUDGES 7:4-7 But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” 5 When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” 6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream.7 The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.”
      1. NOT EVERYONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE BATTLE READY ARE IN POSITION TO FIGHT
        1. LESS THAN 1% OF WHAT GIDEON STARTED WITH ACTUALLY WENT INTO BATTLE WITH HIM
        2. NOT ALL BATTLES INCLUDE EVERYONE IN YOUR CIRCLE
  2. WE DON’T HAVE TO GO ALONE
    1. JUDGES 7:9-11 That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them! 10 But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. 11 Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.”
      1. AFFRAID?
        1. FEAR - AWE, REVERENCE, RESPECT
        2. JOHN 16:7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
        3. ADVOCATE - A PERSON WHO PUBLICLY RECOMMENDS OR SUPPORTS
          1. GREEK - HELPER, ONE WHO COMES TO AID
        4. GOD SPEAKS TO GIDEON THROUGH HIS ENEMIES DREAM (V11-15)
          1. WITH HIS HELPER BY HIS SIDE
          2. THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE AREN’T THE ONES WHO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
          3. THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO KNOW GOD DOES

FILLED WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF THE SPIRIT

  1. FOLLOW THE PLAN
    1. TRUST THE PROCESS
      1. RARELY WILL GOD’S PLAN MAKE ANY SENSE TO US
      2. JUDGES 7:19-22 It was just after midnight,[c] after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. 20 Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. 22 When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled…
      3. THE ORIGINAL 300
        1. TRUMPETS, CLAY POTS, TORCHES & SLEEP SCARE
        2. GOD ISN’T INTERESTED IN THEATRICS, HE’S INTERESTED IN OBEDIENCE
          1. TRUST
          2. HEART

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU?

JOHN 16:33 ”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."