Gideon: An Unsuspecting Hero

Preached by Chris Adams, June 22, 2008

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We’ve been set free from slavery to sin to be slaves to righteousness!

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God chose Gideon to do great things, but Gideon had to fight through his own insecurities to ascend the spiritual heights where God had planned to take Israel through him. In Judges 6, Gideon did much more than stand up to his father’s worldly reliance on false gods–he stood up to his own fears: to his fear of failure and to his fear of men’s reactions and non-reactions . . . and ultimately to his fear of God not being there with him in the MIDDLE of the battle.

When we’re honest with ourselves, we see how weak and dependent on ourselves we really can be! It’s there amidst the wrestling prayers, in the loud cries and tears that we find our perfect heavenly Father who doesn’t find fault with us when we ask him for wisdom! (James 1) Gideon fought through to a victorious mind-set by praying to God and working out his fear issues, until he could trust Him and build that altar called “The Lord of Peace.” The fact that Gideon still struggled with his fears after that victorious, faithful experience with God can encourage us to keep fighting to be righteous each and every day. Remember how he demolished the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah pole–but he did it at night?! (Judges 6:26-28) We need to imitate Gideon and let God turn our weakness into strengths, realizing that if GIDEON could make it into the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, then so can we!

Listen to this passage that paints the most beautiful picture of a God who will meet us where we are at and strengthen us:

Psalm 85:9-11

Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.

Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.

If we allow God to inspire us to be men and women of righteousness and peace, then we will spur one another on to heroic action–to find the men and women of peace whom God is seeking throughout this world! And we will see God bear fruit–the likes of which none of us would have ever suspected!

“Gideon: The Unsuspecting Hero” preached by Chris Adams
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ephesians 2:6-10
• When you understand grace, it makes you go to a different place.
“As soon as ever I had arrived thus far in my investigation of the slave trade, I confess to you sir, so enormous so dreadful, so irremediable did its wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for the abolition. A trade founded in iniquity, and carried on as this was, must be abolished, let the policy be what it might,—let the consequences be what they would, I from this time determined that I would never rest till I had effected its abolition.” – William Wilberforce
• William Wilberforce was a rich, spoiled kid and had a spiritual transformation in 1786, while Gideon was from the weakest family/clan—both were unsuspecting heroes!

Judges 6:15
Question: Are you amazed when someone acts on his conviction?

Judges 2:10-19
• Joshua led the Israelites to the Promised Land.
• Get sin far away from you.
• The Bible allows God to judge your heart.

Judges 2:20-23
• God loves you enough to discipline you through hardship. (Hebrews 12:5-11)
• For God, it is always about covenant.
• They refused the covenant.
• There are requirements to obey in the covenant.
• It was worth praising God.

1. Go on the strength that you have.
Judges 6:1-6
• Just because you cry out to the Lord does not necessarily mean that you have the right heart.
• Acknowledge that you are part of the problem.
• Acknowledge that God is God and you are not.
• The covenant relationship with God.

Judges 6:7-24
• Gideon knew about God but he didn’t know God in a personal way.
Question: Who does that sound like?
• Have faith in what God says about your life.
• You have to become open like Gideon.
• Gideon knew that he was sinful.
• Gideon was working through his issues to accept the God of peace.
Question: Do you want peace today?
• It takes time to have the right heart and the right outlook.
Question: What issue is trying to drag you away from the peace of God?
Question: Have you brought it to the forefront?
• God accepted his sacrifice because Gideon cared.
• You have got to care about God and His Kingdom.

2. Do not let fear of people stop you.
Judges 6:25-30
• Gideon could have thought negatively about what he did.
• Gideon had to clean his own house.
• The real problem was worshiping God and Baal.
• Syncretism dragged them away from God.
• The real problem was worldliness.
• Gideon was about to get killed.
Question: How does this relate in your own family?
Question: Are you going to let fear of people stop you from worshiping the God of peace?
• You are not effective if you let worldliness seep into your relationship with God.
• You need to get rid of worldliness.

Judges 6:31-32
• The greatest victory can be with your family.
• You have got to have deep convictions.
Question: Are you really holding onto your deep convictions?
• Confess things that you are not at peace about.
• God is a God of peace.

Hebrews 11:32-34
• Gideon is in the Hall of Faith, despite struggling at different times in his life.

Judges 7:1-25
• God gives you encouragement.
• You are a workmanship of God.
• Gideon was faithful.

3. Do not let the pain of life stop you.
Judges 8:18-27
• God saved them, not Gideon (worldly perspective of God and men/leadership).
Question: What are you looking for to comfort you other than God?
• Gideon was in mourning.
• Emotions can make you overreact to things.
• You are not dealing with the reality of loss.
• Gideon was open.
• Gideon wanted control back.
• Gideon could have gone to that altar of the Lord of Peace.
• You got to be serious about dealing with the emotions in your life.

Luke 10:1-12
• Jesus instructs you to go out and share your faith with people.
• God expects you to obey Him out of love.
• Jesus expects you to first be a man or woman of peace and then go find men and women of peace!
• Be changed by the grace of God.