“The Lord told Gideon, “You have too many soldiers with you for me to drop Midian into their hands, because Israel would become arrogant and say, ‘It was my own abilities that delivered me.’ Judges 7:2

 

Out of the 32, 000 soldiers with Gideon, God allowed only 300 to go with him to fight, and win the battle. Gideon could have resisted God’s instruction and trusted in his natural strength but he decided to obey and is named as one of the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.
If David had matched Goliath strength for strength, armour for armour, stature for stature in their encounter, where would the glory of God be in the victory? (1 Samuel 17)
Ask yourself, are there too many soldiers in your life? Do you attribute what is good to your own effort or do you allow God’s strength to manifest in your weakness? God often works through the circumstances of life to make us depend not on natural help but on God alone.
Peter’s disappointment took him to his encounter with Jesus (Luke 5). Paul’s thorn kept his eyes on Jesus so that he understood the secret that there is strength in weakness when God is involved (2 Corinthians 12).
Are you in pain, are you in want, are you hurt or disappointed? Are you engaged in a phenomenal battle? Victory in Christ Jesus is already there for those who recognise this truth: God always meets us at the point of our weakness for it is there that His strength is made perfect. Therefore, allow God into your weakness today and He will turn it to strength, and when you look back at this time, you will realise why God removed the many soldiers in your life, so He alone can take the glory.

GOD FIRST

“Let’s take a lesson from David who was ready to be humiliated in his own eyes, so that God could be honoured. Ask yourself: Where does honouring God appear in your list of priorities? Do you thank Him for all that He has done in your life, all the way long? While men look at the outside, God looks at the motives of the heart. Instead of worrying about the opinion of others concerning you, let the motive of your heart each day be to honour God before yourself.”

THE SACRIFICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”

LIFE ANEW

“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”