Central Baptist Church
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Morning Worship Sermon

JUDGES 11:12-28
Judges 11:12-28 "And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land? 13  And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jephthah, Because Israel took away my land, when  they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto  Jordan: now therefore restore those lands again peaceably. 14  And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon: 15  And said unto him, Thus saith Jephthah, Israel took not away the land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon: 16  But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness unto the Red sea, and came to Kadesh; 17  Then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying, Let me, I pray thee, pass through thy land: but the king of Edom would not hearken thereto. And in like manner they sent unto the king of Moab: but he would not consent: and Israel abode in Kadesh. 18  Then they went along through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom, and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and pitched on the other side of Arnon, but came not within the border of Moab: for Arnon was the border of Moab. 19  And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy land into my place. 20  But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his coast: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against Israel. 21  And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country. 22  And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan. 23  So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it? 24  Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess. 25  And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them, 26  While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and her towns, and in Aroer and her towns, and in all the cities that be along by the coasts of Arnon, three hundred years? why therefore did ye not recover them within that time? 27  Wherefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me: the LORD the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon. 28  Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him."
Hebrews 11:32-34 -  "And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."
This is the character of a "Nobody from nowhere".  He was a man who walked and lived by faith.
He was dispised by his brothers and cast out because he had the right father, but the wrong mother.
Yet because of the providence of God, the man who was despised because of his birth became desired because of his ability.
Because Israel has not walked with God she has two tremendous problems :
1. Lost the hand of God
2. She practiced legal holiness.  Casting out anybody and everybody who does not fit into her mold.
Because of this problem they've grown too weak to face the enemy.  So their fear of the enemy is greater than their hatred of Jeptha.
They sought Jeptha out because of four reasons :
1. The way he functioned - he lived different
2. The way he fought
3. His way of faith
4. His way to the Father.  He knew how to get in touch with the Father.
They came under his headship because they've served other gods.
Now the next thing to come into their life is the challenge of the enemy.
You may have the best intentions of dealing with sin in your life but if you do your going to come face to face with the enemy.
Jeptha challenges the enemy, not with weapons, but with words!
He does it in three areas :     
     enemies authority over him
     enemies answer
     enemies aims
Judges 11:12 -  "What hast thou to do with me?"
1. What right do you have?
2. You do not have authority over my life!
Folks the Holy Spirit teaches us Satan has only delegated authority.  Now I know you know that, but it's time we started practicing what we say with our lips.  Challenge the enemies authority in your life.  He has absolutely no authority to keep you from dealing with sin in you life!
You can by faith challenge Satan's authority and deal with sin.
Ill. -   Job
     -   "Hast thou considered My servant Job?"
1. We have authority to challenge Satan's authority.
A. We're under righteousness not rule
Romans 5:17 -  "The gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
B. We're under grace not guilt
          Everytime the devil cries out, "Guilty, guilty" I can take him to that fountain drawn from Emanuels veins and claim the grace of God.
          It's grace through righteousness that has authority!
2. We are not living under the authority of sin.
3. We are not living under the authority of sickness.
4. We are not living under the authority of self.
Folks, the devil does not dictate my life!
You do not have to be under the authority of Satan in any shape, form, or fashion.
He cannot dictate your life!
Under the authority of the Name of the blessed Lamb of God challenge that authority in your life.
Jesus said how can you enter a strong man's house unless you first bind the strong man - then you can spoil his goods.
"spoil" =   Curdle - Jesus curdled the devil's milk.
                      Going to seed - Jesus ruined the devil's crop.
                      Contaminate - Jesus spoiled the devil's food.
                      Mutilate - Jesus slapped the devil in the face when He arose from the grave!
I Peter 5:8 -  "Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour, whom resist steadfastly in the faith."
James 4:7 -  "Submit yourselves therefore unto God, resist the devil your adversary, and he will flee from you."
Judges 11:13 -  "And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of Jeptha, Because Israel took away my land, when they came up out of Egypt, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and unto Jordan: not therefore restore those lands again peacably."
The enemy claimed Israel took their land.
Jeptha answer was, "That's a lie!"
Jeptha recognized two things Jesus is the truth and Satan is a lie.
Folks Satan can half-quote a scripture and a lot of folks believe their having revival.
It doesn't matter how much truth there is in something - if the devil says it - it's a lie!
We need to know what we know!
Paul said if any man preach any other thing than what I preach - he's wrong!
1. Satan is a slanderer
2. Satan is also deceitful
In Jeptha's case he's going back 300 years.
Satan will bring up your past and say look at you - what a rascal you are! 
Well what do I do?  Agree with him because you are a rascal!
          If you haven't done what he accused you of you probably wanted to.
Folks settle sin now!  Do it now!
3. He'll get you through fact
It's not slander now - now it's fact.
Now what are you going to do?
Bless God, I've got an Advocate!
"Advocate" = Friend of the Court.
You've got a friend and a defense lawyer.  His name is Jesus!
Judges 11:23-24 -  "So now the Lord God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his peoples Israel and shouldest thou possess it?  Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess?  So whomsoever the Lord our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess."
This is the aim of the enemy in our lives.
1. Position
God took authority from Satan and gave it to man.
Now he knows he'll never get that position back so his aim is to defeat you to keep you from ruling and reigning with Jesus.
Satan is clever enough to use whatever necessary to accomplish his aim :
- roar like a lion
- purr like a kitten
- might use beauty
- money
- women
I like what Jeptha answered, "Whomsoever the Lord our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess."
Folks it's God's battle!
When the devil comes with the accusation that you have no right to your position challenge his authority!
What hast thou to do with me?
Challenge his answers!
Jesus is the truth - you are a liar!
Challenge his aim!
Ill. -  Tyrant owned whole town but one little spot right in the middle owned by a poor fellow.
     -   "We own this place"
I wonder if the enemies of our lives or enemy of the cross can run to the Throne and say, "Don't forget God, You and I have a part in him."
You want him.
I've still got a part of him.
Will you deal with sin right now?
Will you challenge your enemy?