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									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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