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Growing in Leadership: A study of the life of Gideon

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The person God uses.

There is only one place that we can find real and lasting significance.
1 Corinthians 1:27–29 NIV
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
Judges 6:1–6 NIV
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
Gideon - like all of the others was fearful and hiding in a winepress. God calls on Gideon to be courageous and trust Him.
Difference between being fearless and courageous.
Fearless - doing something that is dangerous without considering the consequences.
Fearless - doing something that is dangerous without considering the consequences.
Courageous-Doing what is right and it might be dangerous after weighing the consequences of my actions
Big Lessons from story
Big Lessons from story
God knows how weak and helpless we are and desires to use us in order to be glorified.
God’s purposes fulfilled in Gideon’s life because he responded to God’s movement in his life.
God knows who/what we are but sees what we can be.
I am like Gideon -
Fearful of others - afraid of Midianites
Doubter of God -
Judges 6:13 NIV
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
Judges 6:13 NIV
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
c. Doubter of himself-
Doubter of himself-
Judges 6:15 NIV
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The power of God is found
In His presence - ,
In His Promises -;
In His plans -
This is the only story that we have about Gideon -
Lesson - God sees the potential of a life fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
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