W. Austin Gardner
No Man left behind!
Captive in a war not of his making
Four kings were fighting with five kings 14:9
In the middle of war Lot and his family were taken captive 14:12
Though the war wasn’t his, Lot had made mistakes and placed himself in the wrong place, and was not doing the right thing
Today, our families and friends are also caught in a war that is taking them captives also
Discouragement, divorce, debt, drugs, broken hearts, hurting children, sexual deviants, homosexuality, pornography are all battles that are being fought and good people are being taken captive unaware.
Life without purpose, passion, joy, love
Captives feel like they have been abandoned, unloved, betrayed even by God.
Word of the captive got to his spiritual brother
Who was prepared to make a difference before the fact
His servants were already trained
He had 318 trained servants 14:14
His servants were deeply loyal to Abraham and the cause
They were born in his house
They were equipped or armed
The servants were leaders and could be divided into teams 14:15
Abraham responds immediately even though he has been hurt by Lot.
Abraham responded immediately and won the victory freeing Lot from captivity with all of his family
Abraham knew that God had given Him the victory 14:20
Abraham honored God by tithing 14:20
He sought nothing for himself 14:23
God promises His reward because Abraham refused man’s reward 15:1
Your decision today
Become part of the family and team that will prepare to rescue the captives
Determine to be a soul-winning discipler
Determine to give your life to help rescue others
Together let's train our 318 and go get the captives