Courage by Dev Sarkar of Hope Home Calcutta

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Spiritual

Published on February 11, 2014

Author: blackforestchapelorg

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the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 1

Judges 6-7 [Gideon and the Midianites] Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 2

GOD ENCOURAGES (6:12) God is always willing to encourage us whenever we’re afraid, uncertain, or overwhelmed by opposition Gideon was an Israelite who faced all these challenges, yet the Lord faithfully helped him every step of the way Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 3

GOD EQUIPS (6:14)  God calls those who He’s equipped for the task He has in mind  Even before the Lord reveals what He wants us to do, He’s already prepared us for it  Because of Israel’s disobedience, the Lord had allowed them to be harassed by the Midianites, who repeatedly overran their territory, destroying all the crops  The angel of the Lord appeared to him, saying, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12). God knew the bigger plan of what He was going to do through Gideon. Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 4

GOD UNDERSTANDS (6:13, 15-24) The Lord understands that we need courage Although Gideon was promised victory, he wanted proof that God was speaking to him Never refrain from asking God for clarification when we’re uncertain if we’re hearing His voice rather than others’ opinions, or our own ideas Once we’re sure, we’ll have the confidence to step out and do exactly what the Lord has told us Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 5

GOD PLANS (6:25-28)  The Lord uses lesser challenges to prepare us for greater ones  Before giving Gideon the biggest assignment of his life, God gave him the smaller task of tearing down his father’s idols and building an altar to the Lord  This was a dangerous act, which would anger the men of the city, Gideon passed the test and obeyed the Lord  Faithful obedience in every small situation is crucial because God may be testing and preparing us for bigger opportunities Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 6

GOD ASSURES (6:36-40) Even those who are courageous desire added assurance of God’s presence The Lord knows our weaknesses and is faithful to provide whatever is necessary for our successful obedience Before Gideon delivered Israel from the Midianites, he requested a sign from God. The Lord understands our doubts We don’t have to throw out fleeces to make sure we are hearing from Him because we can trust His Word. Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 7

GOD’S STRATEGIZES… IT IS ALIGNED TO HIS GLORY (Ch 7) God’s top priority is His glory God gave Gideon a battle strategy involving just 300 men with torches, pitchers, and trumpets The battle belongs to the lord! The glory is god’s Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 8

5 PRINCIPLES OF COURAGE Don’t underestimate what God can do in and through you God will always be with you in whatever He’s called you to do The Lord is ready to give you assurance when you doubt Him His ways are often surprising and challenging, but they’re always the best and the most successful The Lord always works in a way that exalts and glorifies Him Sunday, February 9, 2014 Black Forest Chapel 9

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