Scripture Reference: Judges 6, Judges 7, Judges 8
Don't Get FleecedDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | September 21, 1975
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At the beginning of Gideon’s ministry, God commanded him to tear down an altar to Baal that his father had built. But Gideon tested God in order to authenticate God’s will. Believers today have the Bible to authenticate God’s will, and God uses His Word to build our faith.
Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.
There are three acts to Gideon’s life: his call, his conquest, and his compromise.
At the beginning of Gideon’s ministry, God commanded him to tear down an altar to Baal that his father had built.
Gideon is an encouragement in doing the will of God.
Four assurances about the will of God:
- God has a purpose for every life.
- Gideon’s family was the smallest of all the tribes.
- Gideon was a coward with little faith.
- God accomplished His purpose in Gideon for Gideon’s own good and for God’s glory.
- The purpose of the will of God is to build character in our lives.
- Everyone is important in the eyes of God.
- If we are one of God’s children, He has a purpose in saving us.
- God’s purpose is revealed in His Word.
- When you give yourself to the Lord, He will talk to you.
- God called Gideon when he was busy working.
- God likes to get a hold of people who are humble and honest.
- God doesn’t need to send an angel to tell us His will because He gave us the Bible.
- The Word of God cleanses and renews the mind; we should not think the way the world thinks.
- The Bible gives us principles, promises, commands, and examples that we can live by.
- God’s Word is fulfilled as we believe it.
- When Gideon stopped obeying God, God stopped talking to him.
- When we believe and act on God’s Word, power is released.
- God enables us to do as He commands.
- God will do everything He can do to build our faith.
- Gideon’s strength was in the fact that God sent him.
- Gideon’s fleece was not an act of unbelief; it was a step in building his faith.
- Gideon used the fleece to authenticate God’s will, and God accommodated him.
- We have the Bible to authenticate God’s will, Gideon did not.
- The problem with the test of the fleece today is who determines the conditions?
- As we grow in our spiritual lives, all we need is the Bible.
The key to God’s will is His Word, and the key to His Word is faith.
Let God know your doubts, and He will direct you.