3.17.2011

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Good day and God's blessings to you all!  I trust and  hope that your week is going well, and that the peace of Christ reign's in your heart today.  In our Gideon study we saw that he built an altar to the Lord when he realized the significance of what was happening in his life.  Oh that we would have eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to understand the working of the Lord in our lives.   I want to encourage you to pray for discernment in spiritual things.  Jesus said "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For whoever asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Matthew 7; 7&8)  His promises are sure and true!  O.K. back to Gideon.  The Lord then tells him to do something radical, something over the top, and something that could carry serious consequences.  He asks Gideon to tear down his fathers altar to a false god, take the wood that the false god was made of and offer his young bull as an offering to the true God.  We might not understand the significance of what Gideon was asked to do without understanding the culture and it's practices, so I am going to try to put it in terms we can understand.  Now first of all, we remember that food was scarce, and a young bull was food for a long time.  Gideon proves his faith here through his obedience to the Lord, not only with the life of the animal, but with destroying something of great value to his father!  The scripture records that he destroyed the altar at night because he feared his fathers household and the men of the city too much to do this in broad daylight.  Let me ask you something, what is the most important thing in your life?  Is it a relationship?   Is it money or stuff?  Is it a lifestyle, maybe pleasure or entertainment?  Is it something you feel you have no control over?   Maybe sex?    Drugs?   Drink?   Beloved, God knows where your heart is at this day, and He wants to be at the center of your heart and your life.  Jesus loves you desperately, so much so that He died for you, so that you could live clean, free of the appetites of the flesh, those lusts that will destroy us if left unchecked.  Gideon, in obedience to his Lord, took radical steps to change his world, something that was absolutely necessary for God to perform a miracle and deliver His people from bondage.  Are you willing to get radical for God?   Oh, beloved I hope so.  He got radical for you when He was mocked, beaten, spat on, ridiculed scorned, and hung on a cross, all for the sake of us having entrance into eternity with Him!   But just as He rose up from the grave, so we can have the strength and conviction to rise up to new life in Him.  I pray today that the Lord would add a blessing to this word in your life!

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