Word at Work November 10, 2016

Scripture: Hebrews 11:32, Judges 4:13-24

Barak is called a man of faith in Hebrews 11 and is given to us as an example of a man that by faith subdued a kingdom. Gideon subdued a kingdom and Barak helped subdue a kingdom. These are the men that we have to learn from because we are facing a kingdom of darkness that has to be subdued. If we do not subdue it, we lose our harvest field. What did Barak do? God called Deborah as a judge in Israel and Deborah was called to subdue a kingdom. And Deborah assigned Barak to a mission with 10,000 troops. Barak said he would go in faith. But verse 8 gives us Barak’s response which is, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” So Deborah chose to go to the battle with Barak. But she then had to deliver God’s message to Barak in verse 9, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” If we obey God there is an opportunity to share in glory. He did that consistently for King David and tried to do it for Barak. But Barak would not follow God’s assignment without Deborah with him. And because of it, God said he forfeited the full victory and it was turned over to someone else. How much have we forfeited in our relationship with God because we would not agree to go by faith? All these things are written in order to train us, upon whom the ends of the world have come.

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