3.25.2011

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Good day and God bless you all this morning!  Summer is coming and it is great to have see the rain again.  Know who else is coming?  Jesus!  And there is a growing excitement among all of God's people for the soon and sudden appearing of Christ!  Oh, I pray that you have made peace with God today!    In our Gideon study this morning we see that he was rallying the Israelites for war.  He gathered all that would come and still the Israelites were greatly outnumbered.  God then tests the children of Israel by thinning out the numbers.  God promised victory to Gideon and He wanted to make sure that the glory went to Him.  When God does a work He alone gets the glory and He will have it no other way!  We must never take credit for a work of God.  How does God test us?   I'm sure we have all thought about that at some time.  He tests the children of Israel by asking who was fearful and afraid of battle, and by watching the way they drank at the stream.  Those who were fearful and afraid of battle and those who brought the water to their mouths with their hands were chosen, and the rest sent home.  God's warriors are not fearful, always watchful, always ready.  Gideon ended up with three hundred men.  Three hundred men to face an army that is described as "numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sands by the seashore in multitude" (Chap. 7:12).  Gideon was facing a giant!  Ever been there?  I can tell you I have.  I am quite sure Gideon was now remembering the promise of God that He would defeat the enemy as one man.  On a human level this makes no sense, but with God all things are possible.  Do you believe it?  Oh, beloved I hope so, because He believes in you.  The bible says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).  Again, the Apostle Peter writes, "Be sober, be watchful: for your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).  Gideon could not have gone into battle with a handful of men and expected to live unless he had full assurance of the promise of God.   Do you have full assurance this day?  If Christ came back right now would you be ready?    The writer of the letter to the Hebrews says, "let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Chap. 10:22).  May you be washed in the blood of the Lamb and cleansed with the pure water of His Word today!   Blessings...

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