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Part 3 "Why Are My Resources Disappearing?"

Start:Dec 07, 2019

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

Read Judges 6:25-26:

"That night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”

Select 'successful' when you are finished.

Step 3

Before Gideon confronts the Midianites, God gives him a specific assignment to destroy a false idol and build an alter to the Lord.

Write down the specific assignments God has given you to bring down a false idol(s) in yourself and/or others. Has he asked you to replace those alters with alters to the Lord?

Step 4

In Judges 6: 27, Gideon is afraid of what other people will think of him for carrying out God's assignment.

Who are you afraid of upsetting by following through on your assignment(s)?

Step 5

In Judges 6:28-30, the towns people want to kill Gideon for cutting down their idol.

What are people going to think of you for following God's calling? What are you afraid they might do to you? Be specific.

Step 6

Though he is afraid, Gideon follows through and completes his assignment.

How thoroughly have you completed the assignment(s) God has called you to do?

Step 7

In Judges 6:36-40, Gideon asks God to "prove" to him that he is truly going to use him to rescue Israel.

Why do you believe God chose to honor Gideon's request?

Step 8

In Judges 7:2, the Lord tells Gideon: “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength."

Then God diminishes Gideon's already vastly outnumbered army from 22,000 warriors down to 300!

How much are you seeing your already vastly insufficient resources being reduced?

Step 9

God uses some pretty unusual ways to reduce Gideon's army, are your resources disappearing in some equally unusual ways?

Step 10

Does Gideon spend any time or energy questioning God's strange and illogical military tactics?

Step 11

How much do you believe that God will, at times, reduce your resources, power and influence so that you (and others) will know that the victory was God's and not your own?

Step 12

What are your thoughts on the 'strange ways' God is moving in your life?

Step 13

As a reminder, the next Trail, 'Part 4 "Really, God Has Assured My Victory?"' will appear tomorrow in your Day Plan.

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