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When Your Family Cuts You Off (7 of 10)
Series: Can You Deliver?
Preached February 21, 2010
TEXT: Judges 10:6-10
Over the last few weeks we've seen how God has used people just like you and me.
Hopefully by now you believe that God wants you to be used to help deliver someone from out under whatever oppression they find themselves.
This morning, we are going to look at a man who was considered the "black sheep" of the family, but God used him to deliver.
Some of you, due to any number of reasons, may be considered a "black sheep" in your family or even some type of Christian community.
It could be due to some sin you committed.
It could be due to some disagreement you had.
It could be due to the fact that you have committed your life to Christ and your family has virtually disassociated with you.
Whatever the reason, you feel "cut off" from your family or church family. Because of that you doubt you could ever be used by God to deliver anybody.
As we look at the story of Jephthah, is there anything that we can learn?
I believe there is.
What do you do when you have been cut off from your family and feel like the black sheep?
BE CERTAIN OF YOUR VALUE
Let's pick it up in verse 1.
"Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. And Gilead's wife also bore him sons. And when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, 'You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman.' Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, and worthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him."
Jephthah was rejected by his family because of his reputation as being an illegitimate child.
Someone told me once, "There are no such things as illegitimate children; only illegitimate parents."
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