Meet the New Me - Part 5
Judges 6:11-16;22—11 While Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites, 12 the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord,[b] how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
22 Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.”
Gideon was afraid to trust God.
Isn’t that the real reason we all find ourselves right back where we started?
Proverbs 26:11 “Like a dog returns to his vomit, so the fool repeats his folly.”
You can never experience real life change until you make real life changes.
We’re like rivers, if left to ourselves, we will always take the path of least resistance.
God wants His people to live in freedom, able to pursue their God-given purpose.
It wasn’t until he “perceived” the Lord that he truly surrendered.
Gideon Surrenders Judges 6:25-27—25 Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image[d] that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night.
Gideon would have leave what he had always known—and that was a scary thought.
Change requires us to do something different than what we’ve always done.
Disconnecting from what we’ve always known and what we’ve always thought is where our journey with God always begins.
For many, the thought of severing ties at this level is far too great a price to pay.
Abraham had to leave his family and his home town.
Moses had to leave the comforts of Pharaoh’s palace.
David leaves behind his home, his pastures and his father’s sheep.
The Apostle Paul leaves behind the prestige of his career and reputation.
And the disciples leave behind their nets.
If we want to truly change who we are, we’ve got to truly make some changes.
Real change will always demand that you leave some things behind, and most of the time those “things” will be people.
2 Corinthians 6:14;17 (NKJV)—14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
17“Come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord.
For there to be a shift in influence of the relationship there has to be a change in the nature of the relationship.
God knows for us to truly be free, we’ve got to walk away from the things that are holding us captive—sometimes it’s the people we’re doing life with.
It wasn’t the land of Egypt that had such an impact on Israel; it wasn’t the rivers, the mountains or the trees of Egypt. It was the people of Egypt!
Proverbs 13:20—Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
When you walk away, there will be a price to pay.
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, there was the altar of Baal, torn down; and the wooden image that was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was being offered on the altar which had been built.
29 So they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And when they had inquired and asked, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, because he has torn down the altar of Baal, and because he has cut down the wooden image that was beside it.”
Matthew 5:11(NLT)—“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
Judges 6:34—34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; then he blew the trumpet, and the Abiezrites gathered behind him (32,000).
Gideon goes from hiding in a hole to impacting an entire nation.
Surrender always requires separation.