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Judges 7:1-8:17

God always gets us into a place where we cannot depend or rely on our own strength. With our backs against the wall and no other route out, God steps in and defeats our enemy. Gideon, aka Jerubbaal, had a tough task; he had to deal with the Midianites with only three hundred men. The Battle indeed was the Lord’s. But as God will do as the God of All Comfort, He gave Gideon a Word that not only comforted him but a Word that encouraged. He allowed him to hear and sense the fear of the enemy; they feared God, but they didn’t fear Him enough to turn to Him and surrender to His Will.

Just like the Midianites we can find ourselves fighting against God, setting ourselves up to be defeated by just a “handful” of men, men who become a mighty host when God is the captain. On the other hand if the Lord is leading your army against an enemy, don’t get “cocky” and do what Gideon did, assumed that everything he did after God’s victory was okay with God.. (Stay tuned tomorrow)
What was of God and what was of Gideon? So too I can find myself mixing up what God has said and what I have said. Has God told me to do something and then I tell myself its ok to add on, convincing myself that it was God who told me?

Luke 23:13-43

Why do we try to gather up a posse when we know that we are about to make a decision that is wrong, a decision that goes against the very fiber of our being? We try to turn the mob to our way of thinking and if we can’t we flip and go to the other side. The “crowd” was waiting for a deliver; however the deliverance that Jesus was bringing they didn’t want because they were looking for life in the wrong places. Life is not in the living it is in the knowing, the knowing, believing and trusting in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 97:1-98:9

The following two verses in the 98th chapter really caught my eye and imagination,

2 The LORD has announced his victory
and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!

3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
The whole earth has seen the salvation of our God.

God has revealed His righteousness to every nation, not just Israel or the United States. If h had revealed who He is then we have used our ability to choose to accept or reject what has been opened to us, so too God’s salvation (verse 3)


Proverbs 14:7-8

I’m am currently taking a writing class and for my second assignment I wrote a piece called “Silly Women,” and although I focused on women, I know that silly men are all around me and they usually “hook-up” with silly women. Since I wrote that piece, I’ve been trying to figure out what makes someone “silly,” but all I had to do was wait for today’s reading, “silly,” or at lest my understanding of what that means can be found in verse eight,

8 The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves.

Cause and effect; reaping and sowing; payback, all can be seen when one looks at the Big Picture instead of thinking one lives independent of consequences streaming out of behavior and choices.


Grace and peace,
Ramona

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