Monday, May 5, 2008

The Least Likely to Succeed

Judges 6-7 is a great read! Lots can be learned from Gideon. 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 see 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 member of the weakest clan. Yet, God chose him and led him into battle with only 300 soldiers!!!! (He chooses the weak because when we are weak we are strong.)

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10

This is one of many incidences that supports my previous post regarding God's logic being so far beyond that of the human race! Three hundred soldiers faced 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 Isrealites 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 surrender to Him and let Him fight the battles for us? What kind of power would we have?

As believers, we have access to the same power that rose Christ from the dead! Problem is, most of us either don't believe it, don't understand it, 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.

Flavor Shot for today:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. -1 Corinthians 1:27

Basic Truth

Broken dreams broken life, broken heart
No mending of her pain
In a thread

Three nails two hands two feet
Stained wood
Crimson red

How many nails does it take
To stop a man
From rising from the dead

He can heal her pain
He'll come back again

Angry mob, accusations, stones in hand
First stone never thrown
'Cause there is no pure man

Virgin girl, changed the world, birthed the Godman
Born to die
Life to you and I

Looking down, sees the crowd
Blind to their hate
He dies to lift the veils
For those who pound the nails

How can I look into the face of an enemy
And bless him as he spits at me

His love, His power, His strength
I can do all things
My spirit sings

His love never ends, is never more nor ever less
He gives me wings to fly
An eagle in the sky

He set me free, now I can see
There is only One
Who will always love me

Flavor of the day: Love

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-for it is by grace you have been saved. -Ephesians 2:4-6