God’s Recipe for Something Special 6 29 08 America’s Fascination with “Super” • “Super Size” - more – Tastes/looks good, no nutritional value – No substance – Man in hospital • “Super Heroes” - great – Top Box Office hits – Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, etc. Something in us – Want more… – Want someone beyond ourselves to rescue us Fascination with “Super” • Nothing New – Philistines had super sized “Goliath” – Israel wanted a king, to be like other nations • God would not make it a good McDonald’s CEO • In business of “Mini Size” when He wants something special • Moses & Peter • Gideon – 32 K to 10 K to 300 men – One of the most amazing story in Bible about “Down Size” Special “Mini Size” Process 1. Begins with a Need (Crying out) 2. God’s Calls (to the rescue) 3. God’s Qualification 4. God’s Work - Mini size The Gideon Example Judges 6:1,2,6 1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. 2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. …. 6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help. Step 2: God’s Call Judges 6:11-14 11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” 13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Step 3: God’s Qualification Judges 6:15-16, 25-27 15 “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” 16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”….. 25 ..Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. 26 Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully… 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town. Step 3: God’s Qualification • Humility – Gives grace to humble, resist the proud – Me vs. Him – Saul • Heart – 2Chron 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. – David was man after God’s own heart • If Heart is not humble, then God will begin “down size” process – Peter, Moses • Saw that in Gideon Step 4: God’s Work Judges 7:1-7 (NLT) 1 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, 3 announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.' " So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. Why would they tremble so? (Judges 8:10) Step 4: God’s Work Judges 7:1-7 4 But the LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go; but if I say, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go." 5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, "Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink." 6 Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. 7 The LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. - How do you think Gideon feel? Step 4: God’s Work Judges 7:9-12 (Afraid) 9 During that night the LORD said to Gideon, "Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah 11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp." So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore. Step 4: God’s Work Judges 7:13-15 13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. "I had a dream," he was saying. "A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed." 14 His friend responded, "This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands." 15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands." My Journey • 2.75 years ago, aunt & news • Knew God had called (on 610) • Yet, felt so unqualified – Speech, language (embarrassed), distance • God said… relatives & thousands • Recent months…downsizing process…but relatives are being saved. • Today… worship God… Not about me… In head, but not in heart till today… Performing since a boy. • “Get up.. God has given us…” Prayer • Pray for our worship team. • Pray for the cell formation.. Each cell be established with cell leader & assistants by 7/12 (cell leader training on 7/19). • Pray for the people that God’s wants you to reach to. • Share an area that you would like prayer for.
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