The Good Fight of Faith
And so we read here in Hebrews, Chapter 11, beginning in Verse 32. ''And what shall I more say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; and of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to fight the armies of the aliens.'' Now, we want to think today of the aliens. Now, we want to think today on this subject, ''The Good Fight of Faith.'' ''The Good Fight of Faith.'' And we're going to be studying the first one mentioned in this series, Gideon. Notice in Verse 32: ''And what shall I more say? For time would fail me for me to tell of Gideon. And this morning --when I tried to tell of Gideon, time failed me also. And I preached overtime, so you pray for me today, that I'll just be able to stay within the perimeters of time because there's so many exciting things that we could say about the faith of this man Gideon.
Now, you remember that Gideon was one of the judges that ruled over Israel in a certain period in time in the history of Israel when they were without a king. And the Israelites had sinned, and they had gone off after false gods; one particular god, a fertility god whose name was Bail. And they worshipped Bail with licentiousness and with sexuality and sensuality. And the judgment of God fell upon them, and as a part of the judgment of God, God sent a fearsome, warlike people named the Midianites. And the Midianites were pressing Israel in on every side, and it was a terrible time, a horrible time for Israel. And there was a man who had a heart for God. This man's name was Gideon. He was just a farmer. He was an ordinary man. And, he was trying to eek out a little living there, when the angel of the Lord appeared to hi ...
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