THE POWER OF ONE GIDEON
Many times in scripture we are told the history and story of a person whom God picks to accomplish a mission.
7 When the Israelites cried out to the LORD because of Midian,
8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land.
10 I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.
12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Moses was long gone. Joshua was recently gone and no one was really in charge.
Gideon was basically a no one from nowhere.
Gideon is a great example of the power of one person being obedient to the Lord.
He had his doubts but he worked through them.
The power of one person is amazing when that one person is willing to accomplish the will of God.
1. GIDEON MET WITH GOD.
Admittedly Gideon had no plans to meet with God.
He was not threshing wheat that day planning on talking to God about becoming the leader of his nation for the next 40 years.
A person who is going to do something for God needs to meet with God.
God confirmed his mission with what we now refer to as a fleece. A way of asking God to confirm his will.
Gideon prayed and followed by faith.
If we ever hope to accomplish anything for God we have to have our meetings with God.
One person, willing to seek and do God’s will can accomplish great things.
2. GIDEON PUT ASIDE HIS DOUBTS.
The key to seeing daylight is to put aside doubt.
Many of us doubt our abilities. But the Lord never does.
The Lord never calls us to accomplish something that He does not enable us to complete.
Being a blessing to others is not nearly as hard as we make it out to be.
Each week we are given 7 opportunities to be a blessing.
Every day we are given 24 opportunities.
Every hour we are given 60 opportunities.
If we will set aside our doubts and give minutes to being a blessing then the multiplication will begin.
3. GIDEON PRAISED GOD.
When Gideon got his confirmation from God, he gave praise. Out loud.
When Gideon accomplished a task for the Lord, he gave praise. Out loud.
When Gideon was finished working for the Lord, he gave praise. Out loud.
This man was all about God.
What would happen to your spiritual life and the spiritual life of your family if you took advantage of these small windows of time and place to bless someone?
If we are serious about being the body of Christ in the world today then we will realize that everything we do is potentially a praise for the Lord.
4. GIDEON GATHERED HELPERS.
Tearing down an altar overnight requires a little help.
Defeating an army requires a lot of help.
When the times came that Gideon needed assistance he didn’t hesitate to ask.
God put limits on how much help Gideon could have. He wanted him to have the right people at the right time in the right number.
Nowhere in the Bible are we told to live our faith to ourselves.
Some of us doubt we can ever do anything for God.
God is asking for obedience not resources. He is our resource we are not his. The power of one is great. The power of one willing to involve others is greater.
5. GIDEON WENT IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
Nothing Gideon did was on his own in terms of the spiritual. He had the blessing and the presence of the Lord with him at all times.
On the one hand God wants us to be willing to call in help when we need it.
On the other hand, he wants us to depend on him. The balancing act of this is faith.
If we are going to be a blessing to others, then we have to know how to be flexible and adaptive.
The Holy Spirit does not march to our beat; we must march to His.
6. GIDEON WENT ON GOD’S TERMS AND PLANS SO THAT GOD’S WILL WAS DONE.
What would happen in our lives as individuals and families if we decided that accomplishing God’s will in God’s way was incredibly more important than us having our way?
What would happen if each minute of each hour of each day of each week was approached with the attitude that it was going to be lived for God?
We can do this when we take on the attitude of Ruth, who was quietly obedient and the attitude of Gideon who was publicly obedient.
You can be obedient. You can be a blessing. You just have to choose to do so.