DEAL WITH SIN OR GOD WILL DEAL WITH YOU
Less Faith Less Rewards
Jerry A Collins
v How does God use women to accomplish His purposes?
v What is the result of having less faith?
v What kind of mentality should we have to obey God?
come times when we just have to suck it up. When the task is daunting and the
outcome is suspect. When it is time to finish the job in
spite of the odds. We often face such an ordeal in our battle against
sin in our lives and in the church. Getting a grip on a sinful habit or a
sinful lifestyle or a sinful direction or a sinful
alternative can be costly and difficult and often that is why we don’t finish
the job in the first place. God seems to have expectations of us that are not
realistic. Doe He really expects me to work my way out of this debt? Is God
serious when He demands that I turn the other cheek and not defend myself? Can
God really mean that I must love my wife and respect my husband? Remove the
rage I feel or take up my cross daily and follow Christ? Of course He does and
so much more. God is serious about our dealing with our sin and battling for
complete victory in spite of the difficulties in doing so. He had the same
expectations for His people,
IN SPITE OF THE ODDS BATTLE YOUR SIN UNTIL VICTORIOUS
The writer wants us to know the difficulty facing the northern tribes to finish the job of possession.
(1). They were separated from the stronger tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim and Judah south in the Central Hill Country.
(2) They were plagued by numbers of unconquered Canaanite centers. Most of these were located at strategic road centers, which were keys to the political and economic control of the north. The oppression of these tribes by the Canaanites must have caused serious economic problems for them. Judges 5:6-8 mentions the difficulties facing the northern tribes, who tended to keep off main roads controlled by Canaanite power centers
The Canaanites were a superior fighting force spearheaded by 900 iron chariots.
Now this is specifically mentioned twice vs 3, 13 and
chariots mentioned 7 times. We learn that these tribes were severely oppressed
by these well-equipped Canaanites for 20 years vs 3.
In Josh God said to drive out the Canaanites even though
they had iron chariots. This they had not done. The job is not an easy one.
1. God wants you to fight your battles with sin. Don’t just sit there and take it but you might if you think the fight is difficult. You might try to find a way to cope with your sin or just endure it as best you can in spite of the hardships it brings. Or you might want to decide to cry out to God for help and fight your sin.
2. We will fight sin all the days of our lives. Some sin we will have victory over. Some sin will seem like these Canaanites—attacking us, overwhelming us, controlling us until we are oppressed by it and have it’s baggage to carry around in our lives. What God does not want you to do is live with it. You might be very angry with someone maybe for a long time and you have given little thought to letting go of that. Well that is one God wants you to fight—an iron chariot against you.
The odds are huge but possession God says is required.
YOU WORK AND GOD WORKS AS YOU FIGHT SPIRITUAL WARFARE
deteriorating situation in the north demanded immediate action. First, Deborah, is a prophetess judging
Second, Barak balks at this offer vs 8. He won’t go without Deborah. It is conditional obedience. He seems to have more confidence in the presence of Deborah than in the Word of God. We tend to do that with spiritual leaders. It is not necessary. The outcome of his conditional obedience is a partial reward for victory. Deborah would go but the honor of the victory would go to another woman vs 9-10. Some observations of Deborah:
1. She was a prophetess.
2. Israelite men sought her out for judgment in a specific place.
3. Her prophetic advice—revelation from God—included how to go war.
4. She refused personally to lead men. She summoned Barak to do that and was even reluctant to go with him into battle and announced God’s penalty against Barak
So she judged men and gave God’s prophetic word to men but she was not willing to lead men. She gave wisdom, advice, and information (Like Priscilla Ac 18:26; Abigail 1 Sam 25; Mary Mag Jn 20:11; and Anna Lk 2:38 did).
1. When you fight the spiritual warfare God fights with you. Jesus says do not be anxious—so does Paul and Peter. Stick your neck out and determine to slay that sin—to fight for that righteous stand—it is the same battle God wants you to fight. Press for victory with the confidence that God will deliver it.
2. God has amazing creativity. You have the assurance of His strength for the spiritual battles you face though you cannot know how God will provide it. Don’t be paralyzed by the size of the battle. Don’t try to live with it. God can work.
vs 11 Heber the Kenite
independently settled his family in this region. The Kenites
allied selves with
PT: If you have mentality to be obedient to God you may have to act quickly with what you have and what you are familiar with.