Gaining spiritual victory

th-19Do you have anything in your life that you want victory over? Be it sin, temptation, bitterness, anger, selfishness, addiction, inability to forgive? Well then, this story is for you. It’s the story of Gideon and how God raised up a fearful, doubting, unlikely hero to free the nation of Israel from its current enemies — the result of their disobedience.

For the next few weeks we are going to be looking into the life of Gideon, a Judge in the Old Testament. For roughly 300 years after Moses freed the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt and Joshua brought them into the promised land, the new nation went through cycles of sin and disobedience, oppression by a neighboring power, and then God would send a judge to conquer the enemy, reestablish His rule, and give them relative peace for about 40 years, after which the people would go right back to their worship of Baal, and God would give them over to their enemies again until they cried out to Him and He sent another judge. That is pretty much the story of the Book of Judges. There were at least 14 of them, of which the most famous are Deborah, Samson and Gideon.

It’s important to note that the enemies of Israel were not just bad things happening to good people. They were the direct result of their disobedience. The Midianites, those nomadic hordes of people who were pretty much holding Israel hostage when Gideon showed up, would not be there had the Israelites worshiped God and God alone, and not turned to the idols of the nations they were supposed to be conquering. In other words, they brought the Midianites on themselves.

So we’re not just talking about victory over those things that happen to be tough for you and me, we are talking about victory over sin, disobedience and the resulting mess in our lives that our bad choices have let in. Isn’t that good to know that there is hope against these things? I think sometimes we have a tendency to think these are the results of our sinfulness that we just have to live with. Not so. God wants us to have victory over these things. He wants us to be empowered by His Spirit, not pulled down by our flesh.

In the time of Gideon, their enemies were the Midianites. What are your enemies today?  Who are your Midianites? What have you brought on yourself? Who are the enemies that lie in wait for you that wouldn’t be there if you had always done the right thing? I’ve identified some things I want to get rid of in the next few weeks. I suggest you do the same. Let’s see some victory in our lives over the next three weeks. I’m expecting to learn how to do this. I invite you to join me.

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5 Responses to Gaining spiritual victory

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Pastor John this sounds like it will be a fun & good learning experience for me in my battles w/ the many sins that so easy be-set me and like to do battle in my mind & spirit… So kind of excited about the next coming weeks..
    PS let plz ask this: “..which the most famous are Deborah, Samson and Gideon.” That would not be the Samson from the Samson & Delia story?

    • jwfisch says:

      Yes. Samson was one of the judges.

      • Mark Seguin says:

        Wow, I find that somewhat fascinating simply because, without honestly trying to pull this too far off topic, yet simply becauz I was un-friend-ed on Facebook over this topic of me asking another person after she had posted in regards to her hated of people committing suicide and how much that disappoints God – So like a goof-ball i can be @ times I wrote: I don’t like it either, yet i could be wrong, I’ve been before I just simply do not know of any verse that allows me to pass judgement on anyone for anything, plus I question this I Roman Catholic (RC) thought, and let me please also say i simply do not want to offend any one of that GREAT faith, yet I do question the RC thought & belief there isn’t any forgiveness for committing suicide – Very simply becauz of Samson, plus today is the 23rd Birthday of one of the greatest nephew’s in the World, Kyle Bazner that for whatever reason just found this life to hard, so he took his life – Thank God he made a profession of faith in our Lord – long before he came to that rash decision – Please whisper prayers and maybe light a candle for Kyle and Marsha, my sister & his Mom, Kurt, his Dad and Camm his sister – they’ll need them today… 😦

  2. Kris Rudin says:

    It is all well and good to be aware that sometimes our bad choices mean bad things will happen to us. But we must be very careful not to reverse this and think that if we always make good choices and do the right things then nothing bad will ever happen to us. This is a TRAP, and very dangerous theology, yet it appears to be rampant in US Christianity.

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