Monday, April 23, 2007

Lessons from Gideon

Amazing grace how sweet the sound! His love truly is amazing and His grace is always more than enough! His mercy is new every morning and He loves me just as I am!!!!!

My time is limited and as always there is so much I want to say. Every day I am finding that His Word is more and more alive to me than ever before! I've been reading Judges. I'm trying to do the Bible in a year once again. I got this reading plan through First Place and just started in March. I'm a bit behind but today I read Judges 6-7. I've read through the Bible like this before just to get a quick washing in the Word. But, I can't do it that waythis time. I try to read through quickly just to "get in my reading for the day" but I can't just read through it. It's captivating me! I'm seeing so much that I missed before. I see God working in the lives of His people prior to the coming of Christ just like He did during Christ's life on Earth and even today! I'm seeing how little mankind has changed and how we repeat the same mistakes over and over. I also see God coming in His glory and empowering His chosen ones for victory against great odds!

Gideon was the weakest in his clan and God chose him and led him into battle with only 300 soldiers!!!! (He chooses the weak because when we are weak He is strong.) They fought an army that was as numerous as the grains of sand on the sea shore and they had victory! The one thing I found so intriguing about it all is that the enemy KNEW that the God of the Israelites was all powerful and that they would be defeated by His army! And they were very much afraid!


What if Christians were empowered like that today? What if God's power was so evident in us that even unbelievers knew that the Christian God was one that they need not mess around with?

I think the enemies in Gideon's time realized God's power more than many Christians of that's convicting! What if we finally do get a clue? What if we all really and completely surrendered to Him and let Him fight the battles for us? What kind of power would we have? We have access to the same power that rose Christ from the dead! Problem is, most of us either don't believe it, or don't know what to do with it...or we simply believe that it's just a metaphor and doesn't mean that we can actually do what God says we can do.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask in prayer. (Matthew 21: 22)

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