Getting Ready for the Next Victory (Part 2) - Building and Destroying Altars





(Judges 6:19-27; Pas. Baines, Jr. 11/2018)

Introduction: God has something better for His people. However, we often need to learn some lessons along the way. This discussion centers on how, “We should work on building and destroying altars for God’s glory.”

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Key Points:

1. We should follow the Lord’s instructions. Notice in vss. 20, 27 that Gideon followed the Lord’s instructions regarding the offering and building of a proper kind of altar. If we are serious about experiencing the victories in the next chapter of our lives, we must learn to obey God’s instructions.

II Timothy 3:16 supports the Bible being authoritative truth. The more we study (i.e., study questions and tools) and understand, the more God expects us to obey (see Lk. 12:48). As you look at your personal stewardship (i.e., your mindset, health, and wealth along with relationships and contributions), how well are you doing with understanding and following the Lord’s instructions for your life?

As you look at our church family, what do you think God’s grade is for our being focused on evangelism and edification (see Mt. 28:19-20) with love, worship, community involvement (see Mt. 5:13-16; voting, volunteering, giving, etc.), and excellence? Let’s work on following God’s instructions for our lives. 

2. The Lord confirms and comforts. Notice in Judges 6:21 that the Lord confirmed His calling on Gideon’s life. And in vs. 23, He comforts Gideon, in his weaker moments.

First, God has a way of placing road signs of confirmation along the road of our lives to let us know that despite the stress that we are experiencing (e.g., Noah, Hebrew boys, Daniel, Jesus, etc.), we are on the right road, going the right way.

Second, God doesn’t stump us when we are down. John 14:16 teaches that the Holy Spirit is our comforter and advocate. Philippians 4:7 teaches that God gives us peace that surpasses all understanding. God’s peace is so much healthier than the things of this world (e.g., drinking, drugging, gambling, over eating, compulsive spending, ungodly sex, etc.).

Let’s live like we know that God confirms and comforts. This should include having a positive spirit as we keep pressing our way forward in obeying His will. 

3. God is worthy of our worship. Notice in Judges 6:24, 26-27 that Gideon built altars to the Lord. An altar is a place of worshipful sacrifice.

When we think about how good God has been to us, we should quickly agree that God is still worthy of our worship. Think about God giving us His Son, Spirit, and sovereign plan.

Are you growing in your worshipping of God, sacrificing to Him, and obeying Him? Let’s work on worshipping God with our entire lives.


4. The Lord wants some things destroyed. Notice in Judges 6:25-27 that God called Gideon to tear down the altar that his father built for Baal. In like manner, God is calling each generation to tear down anything that is contrary to His will.

Romans 14:16 teaches that we should work on not letting our good be evil spoken of. Traditionalism, materialism, and racism are all sinful, when we have no boundaries. We can appreciate and even practice some of the things from our past, without being stuck in the past (see Phil. 3:12-15).

We can be wise stewards of our resources, without idolizing money (see Jer. 29:11; Jn. 10:10; I Tim. 6:17-19). We can affirm our heritage, without demonizing the heritage of others (see Mk. 12:29-31; Ps. 139:14). Let’s work on destroying anything that leads us contrary to God’s will, even if it was inherited from our parents. 

5. We should obey despite our fears. Notice in Judges 6:27 that Gideon was afraid, but he kept moving in the right direction.

First, being obedient to God’s will can lead to some fear filled moments. We are called to be light, in a world that loves darkness to cover its evil deeds (see Jn. 3:19); to walk by faith, in a world that loves to walk by sight (see II Cor. 5:7); and to love, in a world that loves to hate. Matthew 10:16 teaches that we are like sheep sent out among wolves.

Second, the church should be a place where we can find people to at least pray for us and encourage us to serve the Lord (see Col. 3:16).

Third, thank God that even when family, friends, and church folk are not with us, we are not alone. Hebrews 13:5b and Matthew 28:20b teaches us that God is still with us. Let’s live like we know that God is with us, despite our fears. 

 

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

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