Encouragement That Leads to Endurance
INTRODUCTION: After learning the history of some of these men and women, I clearly see that God is not limited by circumstances, but He is limited by unbelief. We have record of men and women that simply believed God against all odds.
God wants us to believe Him today, just as these men and women believed Him in the past. Times have changed, but God has not changed; and God still works in response to faith. Note the achievements and see how they apply to our lives and ministries today. I. TRIUMPH FAITH. 32 ''And what more shall I say?'' This is a literary and oratorical idiom; writer feels helpless to go on in the same style as he has done from Abel to Rahab. (If you are not convinced by now, what else can be added!'') This faith triumphed in the mentioned lives during darkest apostasy (falling away). The period of history is summed up in Judges 21:25, ''In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.'' Verse 32 records the names of men that rose above the dark ages in which they lived to stand for God.
A. GOD CHOSE THE UNLIKELY. None of these were likely candidates for greatness.
1. BARAK. JUDGES 4-5
Deborah the Judge spoke in Judges 4:6, ''Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, 'Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Napthali and of the sons of Zebulun.''' Judges 4:7, ''And against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand?'' God called Barak to war with the Canaanites, who were led by King Jabin and commander Sisera. One word describes his victory: ENCOURAGEMENT Judges 4:8-9, ''And Barak said to her, 'If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go! So she said, 'I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the jour ...
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