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Start:Jul 12, 2020

Duration:30 Minute(s)

Goal: this Cognitive Trail will improve the success of making disciples of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Summary: Making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Step 1

If you have not already done so, read the story of Gideon in Judges 6-8. Go to your bible or to 'Documents'.

Select the 'successful' response when you are finished.

Step 2

In Judges 7:15, Gideon is absolutely convinced of the victory over the enemy. He shouts out to his men:

“Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!”

Knowing that the Lord has given you the victory over your enemy, what do you want to shout out to your supporters?

Write it down, then shout it out!

Step 3

Read Judges 7: 21-22:

"Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath."

Select 'successful' when you are finished.

Step 4

Eariler the Lord had placed fear in the Midianites hearts. Now, incredibly, the Lord causes the vast Midianite army to kill one another, giving Gideon the victory!

How confident are you that the Lord can act in an equally fantastic way to give you the victory?

Step 5

Read Judges 8: 1-3:

"Then the people of Ephraim asked Gideon, “Why have you treated us this way? Why didn’t you send for us when you first went out to fight the Midianites?” And they argued heatedly with Gideon. But Gideon replied, “What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren’t even the leftover grapes of Ephraim’s harvest better than the entire crop of my little clan of Abiezer? God gave you victory over Oreb and Zeeb, the commanders of the Midianite army. What have I accomplished compared to that?” When the men of Ephraim heard Gideon’s answer, their anger subsided."

Select 'successful' when you are finished.

Step 6

After his great victory, Gideon is met by the anger of his own people who are apparently threatened by his accomplishment.

Instead of feeling angry or unappreciated, Gideon humbles himself before the people. In terms of handling the people who will be threatened by your victory, what can you learn from Gideon?

Step 7

In Judges 8: 4-8, Gideon is exhausted, but continues to chase the last remenet of the Midianite army. When he asks for help with food, he is treated poorly by the very people his victory has just set free.

How would you react if the same thing were to happen to you?

Step 8

Gideon vows to punish those people who refuse to help him and, later, he makes good on his promise.

Do you agree that the leaders should have been punished?

Step 9

Read Judges 8: 22-23:

"Then the Israelites said to Gideon, “Be our ruler! You and your son and your grandson will be our rulers, for you have rescued us from Midian.” But Gideon replied, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The Lord will rule over you!"

Select 'successful' when you are finished.

Step 10

Gideon is offered complete authority over all of Israel, but he refuses. Instead, he uses the opportunity to point the people back to the Lord their God as their one true king and authority.

Given the same opportunity, how confident are you that you would pass up a position of fame, power and influence to direct your admirers back to the Lord?

Step 11

Gideon asks the people to give him gold which he uses to create a sacred ephod as a tribute to the Lord.

How do you plan to honor the Lord for your victory? Write down your answer.

Step 12

Lastly, we learn that many years later after Gideon's death, the Israelites begin to worship Gideon's sacred ephod rather the Lord...and the cycle of worshipping false idols, losing God's protection and failing under oppression from another nation begins all over again.

As it was in Gideon's time, today many of God's people are living their lives under oppression and intimidation from an enemy they have grown accustomed to. It is for this reason, that God needs you to become his Gideon!

Step 13

How helpful was this Course in equipping you to become a Gideon in your area of influence?

Step 14

Congratulations, you are among the few who have successfully completed this difficult journey with Gideon...You are to be congratulated!

If you would like to share this course, go to Share. You can share it with as many other potential "Gideons" as you see fit.

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