God’s Provision For Your Deliverance

GOD’S PLAN OF DELIVERANCE
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – THE BOOK OF JUDGES WAS PORTRAYS A TIME IN ISRAEL’S HISTORY BETWEEN JOSHUA AND THE ISRAEL’S FIRST KING, KING SAUL. THE TIME PEROID IS ROUGHLY 1375 BC TO 1050 BC. THIS WAS A VERY TURBULENT TIME IN ISRAEL’S HISTORY, WHEN ISRAEL BECOME SO SINFUL AND SO WICKED THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW HER ENEMIES TO COME IN AND OVERTAKE HER, THEN THE PEOPLE WOULD REPENT AND CRY OUT TO GOD AND GOD WOULD SEND A DELIVERER TO DELIVER ISRAEL FROM HER ENEMIES. THIS CYCLE OF BACKSLIDING, CRYING OUT TO GOD AND GOD DELIVERING WAS REPEATED MANY TIMES. IT KIND OF REMINDS YOU OF US. WE OFTEN HAVE A DESIRE TO FOLLOW CHRIST, BUT WE WILL NOT COMMIT TO JESUS AS LORD OF OUR LIFE. WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE JESUS CHRIST AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT COST THEM ANYTHING. THIS OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT WORK AND WE MISTAKENLY CONCLUDE THAT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE DOES NOT WORK. THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE GONE IN OUR OWN WAY, AND NOT FOLLOWED HIS PLAN. HE CANNOT BLESS OUR REBELLION AND DISOBEDIENCE , BUT HE STILL HAS COMPASSION UPON US. (TEXT JUDGES 6)

II) DISOBEDIENCE AND REBELLION BRINGS LOSS OF SPIRITUAL COVERING (VS 1 – 6)
A) THE PLAGUES OF DEUTERONOMY 28 WERE BROUGHT UPON THEM:
B) GOD HEARD THEM WHEN THEY CRIED TO HIM (VS 6)

III) THE LORD HEARD THEIR CRY AND SENT HIS WORD TO HEAL THEM (VS 7 – 13)
A) HE SENT A PROPHET WITH THE WORD OF THE LORD:
a) REMINDED THEM OF HOW HE HAD DELIVERED THEM IN THE PAST
b) WARNED THEM OF AGAINST WORSHIPPING THE GODS OF THE AMORITES
B) THEN HE SENT AN ANGEL TO GIDEON
a) HE WAS THRESHING WHEAT IN THE WINEPRESS; HIDING FROM ENEMY
b) HE CALLED GIDEON A “MIGHTY WARRIOR”
C) HIS VISION FOR US IS FAR EXCEEDS OUR VISION FOR OURSELVES (12)

IV) DELIVERANCE REQUIRES A PROPER RESPONSE TO HIS WORD (VS 24 – 27)
A) 1ST GIDEON BUILD AN ALTER ONTO THE LORD (24)
B) 2ND SECOND, GIDEON DESTROYED THE IDOLS IN HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD (25 –27)
C) THEN, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON GIDEON (34): Zech 4:6: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

V) CONCLUSION – SOME OF YOU HERE THIS MORNING MAY FEEL LIKE GIDEON. YOU KNOW GOD HAS CALLED YOU BUT YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO GET UP. YOU, LIKE GIDEON ARE SAYING TO THE LORD “IF THE LORD IS WITH US WHY HAS THIS HAPPENED TO US? WHERE IS HIS WONDERS THAT OUR FATHERS TOLD US ABOUT WHEN THEY SAID “DID NOT THE LORD BRING US UP OUT OF EGYPT?” BUT NOW THE LORD HAS ABANDONED US AND PUT US INTO THE HAND OF MEDIAN.” WE NEED TO RESIST THIS SPIRIT OF SELF PITY AND ASK THE LORD TO SHOW US HOW WE MAY HAVE BROUGHT THIS CONDITION UPON OURSELVES. WE ARE NOT RAGING WAR AGAINST THE MEDIANITES BUT WE HAVE A VERY REAL ENEMY: 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. NIV
I BELIEVE THAT GOD WANTS TO RAISE UP SOME GIDEON’S THIS MORNING. OUR DELIVERANCE COMES FROM HEARING THE WORLD OF THE LORD AND WALKING IN OBEDIENCE. 2 Chron 7:13-14: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. NIV

 

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