“And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? -Judges 6:14
What a look was that which the Lord gave to Gideon! He looked him out of his discouragement into a holy bravery. If our look to the Lord saves us, what will not His look at us do? Lord, look on me this day and nerve me for its duties and conflicts.
What a word was this which Jehovah spoke to Gideon! “Go.” He must not hesitate. He might have answered, “What, go in all this weakness?” But the Lord put that word out of court by saying, “Go in this thy might.” The Lord had looked might into him, and he had now nothing to do but to use it and save Israel by smiting the Midianites. It may be that the Lord has more to do by me than I ever dreamed of. If He has looked upon me, He has made me strong. Let me by faith exercise the power with which He has entrusted me. He never bids me “idle away my time in this my might.” Far from it. I must “go” because He strengthens me. What a question is that which the Lord puts to me even as He put it to Gideon! “Have not I sent thee!” Yes, Lord, Thou hast sent me, and I will go in Thy strength. At Thy command I go, and, going, I am assured that Thou wilt conquer by me.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday, December 2 | Pastor Steve Wainright
Morning Audio: What does it take to follow Christ? | Evening Audio: More Lessons from Gideon
And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Three Requirements for Following Christ:
1) Deny yourself- Not treating Christ as a spoke in the wheel, but as the hub.
2) Take up your cross daily- The cross symbolizes death…you lose sight of all worldly interests. When you’re facing death, all the loves, desires, and interests of this life fade. It takes everything to follow Christ…whole-hearted devotion.
3) Follow Him: Believers will follow Christ. (John 10:26-27)
If you seek to put yourself first, you lose your very life. (vs. 24)
Sunday, November 25 | Pastor Steve Wainright
Morning Audio: Who do you say Jesus is? | Evening Audio: Gideon’s Shrinking Army
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. –2 Corinthians 12:9
The way the Lord prepares His army is different from the way we would prepare ours. He actually strengthens His army by subtracting from it. He whittled down Gideon’s army to 300 people to fight against an army of 135,000. Why does He do that? So no flesh could glory in His presence. Everyone would be able to see that God was the One giving the victory.
And he (Gideon) said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” -Judges 6:15-16
“Ordinary” is often the disguise of the divine. Lessons from Gideon. So keep your eyes open today. -Priscilla Shirer via Twitter