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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 

MAY 1, 2011 

IS THE RESURRECTION REALLY THAT CRITICAL?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 15:12-22 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:17  

    And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 

INTRO: How often can we be distracted by minor things, while failing to take into account the important matters? 

Matthew 23:23 (NLT) "How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.  

   Satan has sought to hide the essentials of the Gospel by dwelling on the incidentals.  

1 Timothy 1:4 (NLT) Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees. For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God.  

   He has done this over a period of time until many Christians fail to recognize what he has done. 

   We see the demonstration of this most in Christmas and Easter celebrations.  

   Christmas is celebrated with Santa, gifts, and decorations, while Easter has its Easter Bunny, color eggs and candy. 

   I wonder how many Christian homes spent more time, money and energy on the incidentals of these holidays than they did in teaching their children the essentials of Christmas and Easter? 

   Satan seeks to have us dwell on the incidentals that have nothing to do with our salvation, while ignoring the essential foundations of our Faith. 

   To properly understand the importance of the Resurrection we must first understand the essentials of Christmas. 

I. CHRISTMAS ESSENTIALS.

NOTE: There are many things in the Christmas story that we can be distracted with; did Mary ride a donkey? How many wise men were there?  What time of year was it?

    Two of the essentials of Christmas I wish to share today are; the virgin birth and the Son ship of Jesus Christ.

    A. THE VIRGIN BIRTH. 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  

NOTE: Without the virgin birth there could be no acceptable sacrifice for our sins. 

·         The Bible declares that we are all sinner in need of redemption. 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

·         The Bible also says that our sins can only be forgiven by the shedding of blood. 

Leviticus 17:11 (NLT) for the life of any creature is in its blood. I have given you the blood so you can make atonement for your sins. It is the blood, representing life, that brings you atonement.  

Hebrews 9:22 (NLT) In fact, we can say that according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified by sprinkling with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.  

·         The sacrifice had to be spotless. 

Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:  

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  

1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

   Jesus fulfilled the requirement for an acceptable sacrifice by being born of a virgin. 

   B. THE SON SHIP OF JESUS. 

Matthew 16:15-18 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.  

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  

II. THE RESURRECTION.  

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  

1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  

NOTE: Here are just three things Christ’s resurrection does for us. 

  1. It removes the fear of death.

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

  1. It breaks the power of sin.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

  1. It gives us the assurance of eternal life.

 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

 CONCLUSION: If it weren’t for the Resurrection there would be no Second Coming.

 

MAY 8, 2011

 A Sermon by Kathleen Mulkins

 I WONDER AS I WANDER

 The more mature women are to teach the younger.


Titus 2:3-5 (NASB) Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

 DON’T LOOK DOWN ON THE YOUTH.   

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

That instruction had to be given to the young pastor Timothy because in that culture and time – age brought wisdom and so being young was a disadvantage to the pastor / teacher.

EVIDENCE OF WISDOM 

Proverbs 16:31 (NIV) Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.

Proverbs 20:29 (NIV) The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

 EVIDENCE OF LESSONS LEARNED OR SERVICE GIVEN 

John 20:16-31 (KJV) Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

 EVIDENCE OF GOD’S PROMISES KEPT

Romans 8:28-29 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 THE GREATEST WORK

 Ephesians 6:12 (NASB) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 DON’T JUST GROW OLDER. GROW IN GRACE 

2 Peter 3:18 (NIV) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.  

GROW IN GRACE  

James 1:5 (NASB) But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  Jesus trusted his Father.  It was time for Jesus to end his ministry on earth and begin the bigger job of dying for humanity – interceding for all sinners. 

EMBRACE A NEW “CAREER” 

Hebrews 7:24-25 (NIV)  But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.  Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  

2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  

  

MAY 15, 2011

 TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE

 SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 3:14-21

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:36

      He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 INTRO: “What do you believe?”

   A lot of people claim to believe in God but do they really?

    Is it as simple as many think?

 NOTE: Following Christ has two requirements: Believing and acting like you do.

   Our belief in God or lack of belief in God will determine where we will spend eternity.

John 3:36a He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:

 

pisteuo, pist-yoo'-o; (pistis); to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit; by implication to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ) believe, commit (to trust), put in trust with.

 John 3:36b and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 apeitheo, ap-i-theh'-o; (apeithes); to disbelieve (willfully and perversely) not believe, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving.

 John 3:36 Amp. And he who believes on - has faith in, clings to, relies on – the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys – is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to – the Son will never see (experience) life.  But instead the wrath of God abides on him – God’s displeasure remains on him His indignation hangs over him continually.

   What is actually involved in believing in God?

 I. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD.

 1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

 NOTE: Just what is involved in believing that Jesus is the Son of God?

    A. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS PERFECT AND WITHOUT SIN. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

    B. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HE COME INTO THIS WORLD TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS.

 Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

    C. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE ONLY SAVIOR.

 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 II. WE MUST BE OBEDIENT AND PUT OUR TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST.

 NOTE: This is where it gets a little sticky.

             1. We must admit that we are sinners.

 Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

             2. We must admit that we are unable to save ourselves.

 Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

             3. We must call upon Him to be our Savior.

 Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 NOTE: Those who only believe with their heads and not with their hearts have not obeyed His Word by trusting Him to be their Savior.

    They try other means to obtain salvation.

 Matthew 7:21-22 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?

 Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

CONCLUSION: If we truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God we will obey Him and put our trust in Him.

Matthew 7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

 

MAY 22, 2011

 TURNING FAILURE INTO VICTORY

 SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 51:1-19

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

INTRO: As Christians we should seek to lead a Godly life, but sometimes we fail and fall into sin.

    What does it mean when a Christian fails or falls into sin?

    When we fail or fall into sin, Satan is there seeking to  convince us that it is all over and we might as well as give up. 

   It is over for them or is there still hope? 

   We may lose a battle but we don’t have to lose the war. 

   The Bible is filled with those who failed or fell into sin and yet became victorious. 

I. THE MAN WHO FAILED BY BEING ZEALOUS. 

NOTE: You would think that a person who was being zealous for the Lord would not fail or fall into sin, yet if often happens.

 Romans 10:2-4 (NLT) I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don't understand God's way of making people right with himself. Instead, they are clinging to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. They won't go along with God's way. For Christ has accomplished the whole purpose of the law. All who believe in him are made right with God.

    Even if we are seeking to serve God, if we do it in our own strength and according to our will we can fall into failure.

    A. JEHU

 2 Kings 10:16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord. So they made him ride in his chariot.

 NOTE: God used Jehu to fulfill His prophecy against Ahab, but he fell into sin when he followed the sin of Jeroboam.

 2 Kings 10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

    Having a zeal for God is not enough; we must be obedient to His Word if we are to truly serve Him.

 Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    B. MOSES

 NOTE: In Moses’ zeal to deliver Israel, he got ahead of God and killed a man.

 Exodus 2:11-12 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.  And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

   Moses thought he was doing the right thing but it ended in failure. 

   Moses spent the next forty years on the back side of the desert learning to hear the voice of God.

 NOTE: The difference between Moses and Jehu is that Moses had a sincere heart for God, while Jehu didn’t.

    Moses submitted to the will of God and was used by God in a mighty way.

    Even if we fail through zeal, God can still use us if we will surrender to His will.

 II. THE ONE WHO FAILED BY SINNING.

 

NOTE: One of the most devastating times in a Christian’s life is when they fall into sin.

 1 John 2:1 (NLT) My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely.

   It is not a question if we sin, but rather what do we do when we do sin. 

   I know of no one who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior that has not falling into sin. 

   It doesn’t matter whether it is a great sin or a small sin. 

      A. SAUL FELL INTO SIN. 

NOTE: Saul was appointed by God to be king of Israel and His Spirit was upon him. 

1 Samuel 10:6, 9 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man…And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

 ·         Saul wrongly offered a sacrifice. 

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.  

·         Saul disobeyed God’s command. 

1 Samuel 15:22-23 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  

·         Saul sought the witch of Endor. I Samuel 28 

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; and enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.  

NOTE: Saul never repented for his sins, only for the consequences of them. 

   B. DAVID’S SIN.   

·         David committed adultery and then murder.

      2 SAMUEL 11

·         David number the Children of Israel. 

NOTE: David sincerely repented for his sins he wasn’t just sorry for their consequences. 

Psalm 51:1-19 

2 Samuel 24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

 CONCLUSION: Any sin will break our fellowship with God, it by repenting of our sin that our fellowship with God is restored.

 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    When someone fails or falls into sin, those who are spiritual are to seek to restore that person into the family of God.

 Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

 

MAY 29, 2011

 REMEMBERING OUR HEROES

 SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 11:32-40

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 11:39-40 (NLT) All of these people we have mentioned received God's approval because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.  For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can't receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race. 

INTRO: On Monday, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, we are to remember those who have died in our nation's service. 

   There are many men and women who have given their lives that we might enjoy the freedom we have. 

   Yet many will celebrate the day off but never think of those who gave their lives for the freedom they enjoy. 

   I wish to share the story of three men who were willing to pay the ultimate cost. 

  • Alvin York

  • Audie Murphy

  • Chuck Boyd

 I. AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE MANY HEROES OF FAITH. 

   The eleventh chapter of Hebrews gives us a list of just a few of them. 

A.    WHAT MADE THESE PEOPLE HEROES OF FAITH? 

NOTE: God has a different idea than the world about those who can do great things for Him.

 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT) Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you.  Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important,  so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

    Although God uses men and women of great abilities and training, Moses and Paul, more times than not, He uses ordinary men & women just like you and me to do extra-ordinary things.

 James 5:17-18 (NIV) Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

    Too often we hinder the power of God in our lives because we think we have to be someone special for God to use.

 NOTE: Let us consider Gideon and the two things he possess in order for God to use him.

 1.      Humility.

 Judges 6:15 (KJV) And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

 NOTE: The more we think of ourselves the less we look to God for guidance, help and strength.

1 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV) The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.

 1 Corinthian 10:12 (NIV) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!

 Galatians 6:3 (KJV) For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

    Gideon saw himself as just a farmer doing the work of a farmer, but God saw him as a hero and deliverer of Israel.

NOTE: Both Alvin York and Audie Murphy were farmers before they entered the army and became heroes.

 Judges 6:12 (NLT) The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!"

    Our ability and talent or not important, it is our wiliness to allow God to use us that make the difference.

 2.      Faith

 NOTE: Humility without faith will bring us to doom.

    When we recognize our weakness and inabilities and turn to God for help and strength we are assured of victory.

 Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 ·         Gideon revealed his faith through his obedience.

 Judges 6:25-26 (NLT) That night the Lord said to Gideon, "Take the second best bull from your father's herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father's altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hill, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down."

 ·         Gideon showed his faith in God by accepting the role of leadership.

 Judges 6:35 (KJV) And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

 ·         Gideon showed his faith by refusing to put his trust in the arm of flesh.

 Judges 7:2-7 (NIV) 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, 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.

    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."

    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."  Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

    The Lord said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place."

 CONCLUSION: Gideon’s humility and faith brought a great victory for not only for himself, but also for the people of Israel.

    So if we too will serve God in true humility, putting our trust in Him instead of ourselves, we will experience victory in our lives and in the life of the church.

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