Conquering Our Fears


Section 1

Why was Gideon so afraid?

  • He was overwhelmed by his circumstances

Judges 6:1-6 - “The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord.”

Judges 6:13 - “And Gideon said to him, ‘Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.’”

Judges 6:14 - “And the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?’”

  • The Bible also tells us that he is feeling very inadequate and insecure.

Judges 6:15 - “And he said to Him, ‘Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.’”

2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (NLT)

“When a man is defeated by life it is always due, ultimately, to the fact that he is suffering from a spirit of fear…the Spirit of fear is real, the ultimate cause of all failure in life, and all unhappiness.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

How did God help Gideon to conquer his fears?

  • He continued to reassure him of His presence.

Judges 6:12 - “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.’”

Judges 6:14 - “And the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?’”

Judges 6:16 - “And the Lord said to him, ‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.’”

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” (Billy Graham)

Judges 6:32 - “Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, ‘Let Baal contend against him,’ because he broke down his altar.”

So how does respond to Gideon’s fears?

  • God wet two fleeces that Gideon put before Him.

Judges 6:38 - “And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water.”

Judges 6:40 - “And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.”

What can we learn from this story?

  • God looks at the person we are becoming, not just the person we are right now.

Philippians 1:6 - And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.” (NLT)

  • God is big enough to handle our tough questions, our moments of unbelief and our uncertainties.
  • When your faith is greater than your fears, God’s Spirit is able to do amazing things through our lives.

Judges 6:34 - “But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.”

Psalms 27:1 - “The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?” (NIV)

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