Pericope: Judges 6:36- 40 36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
Sermon Text: Judges 6:39 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.”
Sermon Title: When God Says No 8am
Point 1: God has something different for you to do. Judges 6:11… Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.
Psalm 24:1-3 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? The way God came at your problem and you are going to be different.
DEUT. 29:29 “There are some things the Lord our God has kept secret,but there are some things he has let us know.” (NCV).
Hebrews 4:13 “He knows about everyone everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the All-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from Him…”
Point 2: God has something more difficult. Vs 4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men.
Matthew 7:14 ESV 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:14 MSG 13-14 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.
Judges 7: 3… ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
- 4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men.
- 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
1 PET. 1:7 “The purpose of these troubles is to testyour faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold…” 2 COR. 4:17-18“These present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they will produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
Point 3: God has something for you to do to bring you into your destiny. Vs 15-17 15 “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.” 16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” 17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. “Don’t even go into the village.” Vs 12...“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
PR. 2:8 “God GUARDS the course of the just and PROTECTS the way of His faithful ones.”
Conclusion: Gods word is always yes and amen. 2 Corinthians 1:20 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
They are yes and amen when assigned by Christ Jesus I can do all things. Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I am more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.