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10/12/2010 – “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives” I – Gideon -A

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Tuesday in the Truth
October 12, 2010

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives I
(Gideon -A)

“Faith is not designed for how things look right now; faith is designed to bring a change”.

DEFINITIONS
A.
Assignment defined…
1. A duty one has been appointed to perform.
2. The act of putting a person into a non-elective position.
3. A position of responsibility.
4. A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
Jeremiah 1:5-10
1. God is the Father of our human spirit. (Reference scriptures: Hebrews 12:9; St. Luke 16:19-31

B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. The continuous act of “saying” moves mountains.

a. The link that connects you to results is “continuing” in the Word not simply “trying” the Word. (St. John 8:31-21)
b. When you make a decision to “continue” in the Word, you will see results.

INTRODUCTION
A.
Faith and the word of God can transform [change] the lives of ordinary people to extraordinary.

B. Hebrews 11 is about typical men and women who through faith received transformed lives.

C. Hebrews 11:1-3 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
1. Hebrews 11:1

a. Faith is produced by the word of God, so we can substitute faith for the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
b. Substance is reality…the word of God gives the reality, gives confidence, the title deed, the confirmation.
c. Evidence is proof…the word of God is the evidence or proof until the tangible manifests.

2. Hebrews 11:2

a. Obtaining is the primary function of faith (faith teaches us how to obtain; faith changes us by helping us to obtain).
b. Faith transforms [changes] the way things are up until faith is received and utilized.

3. Hebrews 11:3

D. These typical men and women, however, did not receive the promise – the promise of seeing the Messiah.
1. Hebrews 11:13
2. Hebrews 11:39
3. The word of God is so powerful that your eyes do not have to see Jesus for the Word to work in your life.

I. The Life of Gideon
A.
The Apostle Paul chronicles an extensive list of men and women in Hebrews 11 whose ordinary lives were transformed by faith.
1. Hebrews 11:32

a. Because of the extensive list of men and women of faith, the Apostle Paul does not have time to justly acknowledge them all.
b. Gideon is one such man of faith whose ordinary life was transformed by faith.

B. Gideon questions God and the transformation of his life.
1. Judges 6:11-16

a. Theophany – an Old Testament manifestation or appearance of Jesus Christ. (verse 11)

1. Other examples of theophany in the bible:

a. Hagar in Genesis 16
b. Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3
c. Balaam in Numbers 22
d. Samson’s parents in Judges 13

b. God calls Gideon a “mighty man of valor”. (verse 12)

1. Mighty man of valor – war, force, might, strength, wealth, efficiency.
2. God never speaks of your current state; He speaks from your potential or faith.

c. God uses Gideon to save Israel. (verse 14)

d. Gideon speaks of his insignificance and sees himself as incapable of doing anything significant for God and living an extraordinary life. (verse 15)

2. Other examples of God using the simple [ordinary]:

a. I Corinthians 1:27-29

1. [Chosen] – to pick out, to choose, choosing one out of many, to choose out for oneself (God chooses people and judges them as fit to receive His favor).
2. God calls the ordinary as a testimony of His grace so that no flesh can glory in His presence. (verse 29)
3. Always be of the nature that you give God the credit [glory] for your extraordinary life.

b. The “obtained” status of other ordinary characters in the bible:

1. Jacob was a liar but became the father of the Jewish nation.
2. Joseph, a slave, saved Egypt in the time of famine.
3. Moses, a shepherd and a murderer, lead Israel out of Egypt.
4. Jephthae, the son of a prostitute, delivered Israel from the Ammonites.
5. Ezra, a scribe, raised up a powerful people.
6. Esther, a slave girl, became instrumental in saving the Jews.
7. Matthew, an IRS agent for the Roman government, became a disciple.
8. Peter, a cussing and lying fisherman.

3. Gideon’s ordinary life transformed.

a. Gideon’s occupation: threshed wheat. (Judges 6:11)
b. Gideon’s pedigree: poor family in Manasseh. (Judges 6:15)
c. Gideon’s status in his family: the least. (Judges 6:15)
d. Gideon is so insignificant that he is only given a stick to separate chaff from the wheat yet in the midst of ordinary, God calls him a “mighty man of valor”. (Judges 6:12)

C. Practical application for the believer (Romans 15:4):
1. Gideon is a great example and encouragement to those who have a hard time accepting that God can favor them.
2. God will transform your life if you are willing.
3. If believers can learn how to use faith, they can transform their lives from ordinary to extraordinary.
4. God chooses regular, average, typical believers to grace their lives with His favor.
5. God calls you “mighty” and has another life for you; therefore, your age, gender, race, occupation, current status in life or any natural fact define who you are or the extraordinary life you can have.

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