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1 Learning to Win the War Judges 8:1-21

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6 Bottom Line: God’s plan for your life is not about your status or security - it is about His glory!God’s plan for your life is not about your status or security - it is about His glory!

7 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticismFaithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticism Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they accused him fiercely.

8 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticismFaithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticism And he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? And he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer?

9 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticismFaithfulness is challenged when we feel the pain of criticism God has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?” Then their anger against him subsided when he said this. (8:1-3)

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12 “they accused him fiercely” -“they accused him fiercely” - chozaq – pronounced khoz-ka “with violence”

13 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel aloneFaithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel alone And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing. And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing.

14 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel aloneFaithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel alone So he said to the men of Succoth, “Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.” So he said to the men of Succoth, “Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.”

15 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel aloneFaithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel alone And the officials of Succoth said, “Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your hand, that we should give bread to your army?”

16 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel aloneFaithfulness is challenged when we are weak and feel alone So Gideon said, “Well then, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will flail your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.” (8:4-7)

17 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when people we care about refuse to join usFaithfulness is challenged when people we care about refuse to join us And from there he went up to Penuel, and spoke to them in the same way, and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered. And from there he went up to Penuel, and spoke to them in the same way, and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.

18 God’s plan requires relentless faithfulness Faithfulness is challenged when people we care about refuse to join us (8:8-9)Faithfulness is challenged when people we care about refuse to join us (8:8-9) And he said to the men of Penuel, “When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.” (8:8-9) And he said to the men of Penuel, “When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.” (8:8-9)

19 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration.Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration. Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army, about 15,000 men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East, for there had fallen 120,000 men who drew the sword. Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army, about 15,000 men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East, for there had fallen 120,000 men who drew the sword.

20 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration.Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration. And Gideon went up by the way of the tent dwellers east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the army, for the army felt secure. And Gideon went up by the way of the tent dwellers east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the army, for the army felt secure.

21 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration.Deep living is more concerned with completion than celebration. And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them and captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and he threw all the army into a panic. (8:10-12)

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23 Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about.Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about. Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres. And he captured a young man of Succoth and questioned him.

24 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about.Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about. And he wrote down for him the officials and elders of Succoth, seventy-seven men. And he came to the men of Succoth and said, “Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying,

25 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about.Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about. ‘Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your hand, that we should give bread to your men who are exhausted?’” ‘Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your hand, that we should give bread to your men who are exhausted?’”

26 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about.Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about. And he took the elders of the city, and he took thorns of the wilderness and briers and with them taught the men of Succoth a lesson. And he took the elders of the city, and he took thorns of the wilderness and briers and with them taught the men of Succoth a lesson.

27 God’s plan is more about our depth than our success Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about.Deep living is what sustains us when we have to separate ourselves from people we care about. And he broke down the tower of Penuel and killed the men of the city (8:13-17)

28 God’s plan is about His legacy – not ours Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, “Where are the men whom you killed at Tabor?” They answered, “As you are, so were they. Every one of them resembled the son of a king.” Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, “Where are the men whom you killed at Tabor?” They answered, “As you are, so were they. Every one of them resembled the son of a king.”

29 God’s plan is about His legacy – not ours And he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the Lord lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you.” So he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise and kill them!” And he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the Lord lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you.” So he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise and kill them!”

30 God’s plan is about His legacy – not ours But the young man did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a young man. Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Rise yourself and fall upon us, for as the man is, so is his strength.” But the young man did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a young man. Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Rise yourself and fall upon us, for as the man is, so is his strength.”

31 God’s plan is about His legacy – not ours And Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and he took the crescent ornaments that were on the necks of their camels. (8:18- 21)

32 For those not yet living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you.Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you.

33 For those not yet living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you.Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you. Expect it.Expect it.

34 For those not yet living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you.Have a plan for dealing with people in the church who disappoint you. Expect it.Expect it. Don’t let disappointment distract or disillusion you.Don’t let disappointment distract or disillusion you.

35 For those living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for handling criticism.Have a plan for handling criticism.

36 For those living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for handling criticism.Have a plan for handling criticism. Extract the truth from the criticism.Extract the truth from the criticism.

37 For those living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for handling criticism.Have a plan for handling criticism. Extract the truth from the criticism.Extract the truth from the criticism. Eliminate the record from your files.Eliminate the record from your files.

38 For those living a Jesus-centered life Have a plan for handling criticism.Have a plan for handling criticism. Extract the truth from the criticism.Extract the truth from the criticism. Eliminate the record from your files.Eliminate the record from your files.

39 For those living a Jesus-centered life Trust God to sustain you when everyone else abandons you.Trust God to sustain you when everyone else abandons you.

40 For those living a Jesus-centered life Trust God to sustain you when everyone else abandons you.Trust God to sustain you when everyone else abandons you.

41 For those living a Jesus-centered life Living Jesus-centered is not management of sin it is death to sin.Living Jesus-centered is not management of sin it is death to sin.

42 For those living a Jesus-centered life When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.

43 For those living a Jesus-centered life When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment. My call: to be an apostle and to engage people with God!My call: to be an apostle and to engage people with God!

44 For those living a Jesus-centered life When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment. My gifts: communication, leadership and administrationMy gifts: communication, leadership and administration

45 For those living a Jesus-centered life When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment. My assignment: Central VAMy assignment: Central VA

46 For those living a Jesus-centered life When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment.When God gives you an assignment – make it your only assignment. My resource: Crosspoint ChurchMy resource: Crosspoint Church

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