Power without God is useless

TextJohn 15:5 ” “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

This topic is derived from a lesson learnt in the Barak & Deborah story shown in Judges 4:1-end.

Characters in the story:

  • God
  • Israelites (God’s Children)
  • Jabin (Canaanite King)
  • Sisera (Canaanite Chief Army Officer)
  • Barak  (Israelite Army Commander)
  • Deborah  (Israelite Judge & Prophetess)

What did the Israelites do?

  • They intermingled with strange gods and intermarried with foreign women (Judges 4:1; 3:5-6)

What did God do?

  • He punished them in the hands of Jabin (4:2)

For how long did they suffer under Jabin?

  • 20 years (4:3)

How could the Israelites be redeemed?

  • Through their return to God (4:3). 

Who were the 2 possible liberators of Israel? 

  • Deborah & Barak

What power did Barak have?

  • Military might

What power did Deborah have?

  • Spiritual might (a prophetess – vs. 4)

From the conversation between Deborah & Barak,  what can we learn?

  • Recognized the need for humility: Barak recognized that (4:6-10); acknowledgment of God
  • Barak obeyed without query; the power of God is not gender-specific.
  • Diligence is crucial to leadership (Deborah was judge, wife, prophetess)
  • Barak acknowledged that his military Power without God is useless (vs. 8)
  • This reminds us of Moses’ attempt to fight for the Israelites using his own strength, he couldn’t do it (Exo. 2:11-15), until God became involved (Exo. 3:1-12)
  • When God is involved, there is revelation (4:14)
  • When God is involved, He helps put our enemies to flight (4:15-16).
  • When God is involved, battle is easily won (Sisera was killed by Jael who was not even involved in the battle – 4:17-24).


  • Lord, raise a Deborah (the spiritually sharp,  knowledgeable, inclined) for me and my household – who will always tell us your mind. 
  • Raise Deborah’s for our nations- who will always tell us the mind of God, to help deliver us from oppression. 
  • Lord, raise me up as the Deborah of my household, community and the nations.

About The Author Pastor Dr. Abraham Obadare

I am Pastor Dr. Abraham Obadare, a minister of the gospel at Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM. You are welcome to worship with us at 108-02 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435. You may also keep with us on 24 hours internet radio at www.eagernessofgod.org Our website address is www.wosem.org where you can watch on demand videos for your enrichment, watch our live streaming or read past messages / articles. You may also visit www.thewayoutforyou.com

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