A Victorious Chapter (Part 3): Obedient Faith in God

(Judges 7:17-23; Pas. Baines, Jr. 12/2018)

Introduction: If you are ready to experience a victorious chapter in your life, pay attention to this chapter. This discussion centers on how, “We should work on obedient faith in God.”

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Key Points:

1. Trusting God includes obeying Him. Notice in passages like Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17; James 2:17 that we need knowledge and obedient faith in order to please God. God’s word has principles for every area of our lives.

There are principles for our personal lives like for our positive mental attitude, health, wealth, relationships, and contributions. There are principles for our churches like evangelism, edification, love, worship, community involvement, and excellence. Let’s work on  having knowledgeable and obedient faith.  

2. God calls for following human leadership. Notice that the same Bible that includes your favorite passages also includes the principle of following human leadership, in passages like Romans 13:1-3a; Heb 13:17. Remember that Matthew 7:20 teaches that we can know the tree by the fruit that it bears.

The tree of faith in God should be known for the fruit of obedience, including the fruit of obeying God’s word about following human leadership. John 15:1-2a teaches that God cuts down fruitless branch. Let’s work on following human leadership like God’s word teaches.  

3. God is trustworthy. Notice in I Samuel 8:6-9 that what appeared to be a rejection of human leadership was actually a rejection of God. In many of our modern churches, instead of things moving as smoothly as we see in Judges 7:17-23, we would have had a meeting and challenged the wisdom of the plan. But after the pain of the previous chapters, Gideon had the spiritual courage to stand on what he believed to be God’s will.  

And the people trusted God enough to follow the leadership of the one God sent to lead them. No one trusted Gideon to destroy tens of thousands of Midianites, but they trusted God enough to obey (see II Cor 5:17; Heb. 11:1).

God is strong, wise, loving, and wealthy enough to be trusted. Unfortunately, some will die in chapter six of their lives because after over 30 years of going to church, they still don’t trust God enough to follow the leadership that He has sent and allows to serve. Let’s work on trusting God. 

4. Woe unto those on the wrong side. Notice in Judges 7:25 that Oreb and Zeeb, the leaders of the enemies, died a terrible death. It is dangerous to fight against God’s program. And extra dangerous to give leadership to such. On one hand, this is a word of warning.

I John 1:8-9 reminds us that instead of suffering God’s punishment, we can confess our sins, receive God’s forgiveness, and move on with our lives. But on the other hand, it is a word of encouragement. Romans 12:19 teaches that God will repay those who have mistreated us. Let’s make sure we are on the right side of God’s wrath. 

5. God can still handle our enemies. Notice that passages like Malachi 3:6 teaches that God doesn’t change. He can do today and tomorrow what He did yesterday. Before we get too excited about what God can do, I remind us that we need to do what they did in the text, if we want what they received in the text.

God handled the enemies, after the people trusted God enough to follow the leadership that He sent. God is as strong, compassionate, and as much “a way maker” today, as He was in the text. Let’s work on living like we believe that God can handle our enemies. This includes obedience, confidence, and joy.

What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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