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New Year, new series. As we start 2019 we are looking at a series on hearing and applying the prophetic and Brian kicks us off with a great message about Deborah.

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  1. 1. DEBORAH “What you have is enough and what you don’t have you will discover as you go.”
  2. 2. How God responds to repentance and faith……. He raises up otherwise ordinary people who become leaders because they are willing to hear from him and carry responsibility for the fulfillment of his purpose “When the leaders lead the people offered themselves willingly.”
  3. 3. Deborah - whatever it takes, we’ve got all we need….i.e. what God has said • Decided she wanted to hear from God before she heard from other people • Was serving God as a prophet • Knew that God was willing to forgive and restore favour to the people he loved. • Received the instruction and summoned Barak from the very north of Israel. • Told him what God had commanded.
  4. 4. 12 Tribes of Israel  Reuben  Simeon  Levi  Judah  Isaachar  Zebulun  Dan  Naphtali  Gad  Asher  Ephraim  Manasseh  Benjamin
  5. 5. The 5 of 12 who took part in the battle  Reuben  Simeon  Levi  Judah  Isaachar  Zebulun  Dan  Naphtali  Gad  Asher  Ephraim  Manasseh  Benjamin
  6. 6. What you have is enough ! Deborah: • When no one was listening to God about……… she valued what God felt, thought and wanted. • Was willing to serve God by sharing her gift with the next person who showed up at the palm tree. • Because she heard from God about ordinary things she was able to hear from God about extraordinary things - practice on the people around you ! This will be year of learning to trust God’s prophetic word
  7. 7. What you have is enough ! Barak: • When you have a word from heaven - share it • When people come around your word, accept them. • When others don’t show up – what you have is enough! • When key people offer bad obedience, accept what they offer. “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  8. 8. And what you need, you will discover as you move forward! JAEL – most blessed of tent dwelling women: • We must make sure the Holy Spirit provides our resources and becomes the clothing we wear in our community spheres of influence • We must realize that God has “Jael’s” everywhere waiting for someone to rise up in faith and obedience to what God has said. I still have left in Israel seven thousand followers who have not bowed their knees to Baal or kissed the images of him." 1 Kings 19:18
  9. 9. The year of learning to hear and embrace God’s prophetic instruction about the work he has called us to do. The year of starting with what we have – as being enough. The year of discovering the Holy Spirit partners who are waiting for us to come to the place of obedient faith.