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WESTFIELD HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP:
  • - Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 AM
    *2nd & 4th Sun. of Each Month

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Sundays at 10:30 AM
Wellbrooke of Westfield
Inside of Grand Park
2nd and 4th of Each Month
937 E. 186th Street
Westfield, Indiana 46074

Westfield Horizon Christian Fellowship /  /  Live Life a Man of Valor, Not a Coward
Live Life a Man of Valor, Not a Coward

Judges 6:39 Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew."

• Do you have a hard time accepting yourself?
• Do you have a hard time believing God can make something out of you?
• Do you struggle with God loving you and still using you in your shortcomings?

Well, you are in good company with Gideon, a farmer in Manasseh, who God called to deliver His people. However, Gideon was reluctant to follow the Lord’s calling. Israel’s enemy, the Midianites, organized a coalition of nations to annually invade the land, and all that Israel could do was flee to the hills and hide from their enemies in their dens and caves. When the Jews returned to their homes, they found only devastation, and they had to face another year without adequate food for their families. Now remember Gideon belonged to a family that worshipped Baal. If he challenged the Midianites, it meant defying his father, his family, his neighbors, and all those in Israel worshiping Baal. God assigned him a task right at home first to train him and then show him that He would see him through. If we don’t practice our faith and act our convictions in our home, how can we practice it any place else? Gideon had to take his stand in his own village before he dared to face the enemy on the battlefield! There are many Christians who have good theology, but they are too afraid and cowardly to preach it for fear of getting in trouble with those around them! Before Gideon’s next battle against 135,000 men, he put out a fleece to test God. A fleece is not an orthodox method for determining the will of God. Rather, it is an approach used by people like Gideon who lack the faith to trust God simply at His Word and do what He said He would do. Putting out the fleece is not only an evidence of our unbelief, but is also an evidence of pride. It basically is saying, “God has to do what we tell Him to do before we will do what He tells us to do!” Gideon learned many valuable lessons. If he obeyed the Lord by faith, even with fear in his heart, the Lord would use a coward to deliver His people and God would be glorified! There was no more convincing left, no more signs, no more fleeces, there was nothing left for Gideon to ask, hear, or do, but to simply go forward, confront the enemy, and trust God for the victory. Sermon 0701-03 on 7/23/14: Judges 6 “Live Life a Man of Valor, Not a Coward”

 
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