3.31.2011

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Good Day all! I Trust and pray that all is well in your world today. If not, I would encourage you to do as the Psalmist, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1) The one who made all of creation (even you) has the answer for your life today.

Our study today is in the book of Judges, Chapter 7: 1-12. We saw how God singled out men to fight His battle, men who proved themselves to be watchful, alert, and prepared for Gods purposes. I pray that today finds you ready for the battle. Out of 32,000 men, Gideon ended up with 300.

Hmmm.... 300 men against a massive army? God does work in mysterious ways! Immediately the Lord tells the 300 to go to battle. It is obvious from the text that Gideon was still concerned about the odds here. The Lord tells him in Chap. 7 vs. 10, "But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, and you shall here what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp". When Gideon and Purah go into the camp of the enemy they here a man telling of a dream he had of a loaf of barley bread rolling into their camp and crushing them.

You see, God was preparing the way for Gideon and his men to realize victory! Our God is so very gracious in that He knows our fears and our weakness, and He works with us and through others to accomplish His purposes in our lives! He will use whatever means it takes to prepare us for battle, and He gets the glory! I want to pause right here to talk about our lives. Is your life a playground or a battleground?

Before I committed my life to Christ, my life was lived in the playground, always looking for something new, the next thrill, the next high, something more beautiful than what I had. King Solomon writes, "Hell and destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied"(Proverbs 27:20). You see, whatever my eyes saw, whatever my hands and feet pursued, whatever I put in my body, would never fully satisfy me. I then agreed with King Solomon, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity" (Ecclesiates 1:2). But low and behold, on December 24th, 1991, I was humbled under the mighty hand of God and He lifted me up! I was shown that life is not about the pursuit of pleasure, but the pursuit of God! He brought me to the place where I said, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1).

If you will allow me to be candid for a moment; Like Gideon, I don't feel worthy or naturally equipped to do the work God has called me to. But you see, that's where the power lies. It is not my strength, but His! Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; For without Me you can do nothing." He has proven this truth over and over in my life, and I praise Him for it! The battleground I enter into every day is ominous, but my God is Omnipotent!

Oh beloved, whatever you are facing today, know that Jesus knows, Jesus cares, and when we humble ourselves before Him, He will do whatever it takes to bring victory to us. Stop telling yourself how big your problems are, and start telling your problems how big your God is!! Peace be with you...

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