Sunday, May 19, 2013

FROM CAPTIVE TO CONQUEROR - PART 3

NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS

Thanks to Allison Sylvester-Conliffe for contributing this series of articles

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God desires a people who walk, think and act as He does – not allowing natural circumstances to be a hindrance at all.  He desires that we literally call things that are not as though they are – and that they would manifest according to our word just as Elijah did.  We must come to an understanding of our purpose and our position in God, through Jesus Christ.

Then he (Gideon) said to Him (the Lord),
 “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. – Judges 6:17

Gideon was willing to agree with God, but the spirit of fear had a hold on him.  God did not give him that spirit, so He worked with Gideon so that he would begin to learn to gain trust in God at His Word.  God is patient and He is kind to His people.  He understands that we are flesh and blood, and works with us through our various circumstances to bring us into a life in the spirit. 

Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him,
 “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old,
 and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has,
 and cut down the wooden image that is beside it… - Judges 6:25

God is no respecter of persons and He does things as HE sees fit.  Gideon was not brought up knowing the true God.  I know that because God instructed Gideon to throw down the altar that was of Baal that his father used to worship.  If Gideon’s father used to worship Baal, then it stands to reason that his entire household worshipped Baal, including Gideon.

We tend to write off people and cast aspersions and judgements on those who are not of our religious persuasions or beliefs – but look at who God used!  He chose Gideon, whose household worshipped idols, to be the one to deliver Israel from the Midianites!! We need to repent as a people for our wrong thinking and attitudes toward folk.  Our God is indeed Awesome.  He sees differently from how we see. 

So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the LORD had said to him.
 But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much
 to do it by day, he did it by night. – Judges 6:27

Gideon was being used of God, even while he was still struggling in his flesh.  The important thing is that he was determined to be obedient to God, regardless of his set-backs in the flesh.  I believe that this pleased God and so He continued to work with Gideon.  God knew what He had already put into Gideon but was working with him in order for Gideon to see himself as God saw him.

The person who you think is furthest away from the Lord
could very well be the next "Gideon" as seen through God's eyes!

To be continued....

8 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this and I am waiting on the next part but I have a question what if I an felling like I an doing some of the things that he want me to do or not seeing want he wants me to do.

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  2. This is a wonderful encouragement today. Thank you for this good word using Gideon as an example. Stopping by from Jennifer's blog. Have a great week!

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  3. Always love a good Gideon story. Well written!

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  4. So glad you've joined us at #TellHisStory. God bless you!

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  5. wonderful, encouraging post. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  6. I loved this..."The person who you think is furthest away from the Lord could very well be the next "Gideon" as seen through God's eyes!" What a beautiful and thought-provoking perspective! Thank you so much for linking up with me last week at Walking Redeemed! We need more posts like this one circulating!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Kasey. Part 4 is already posted. You can see it here... http://www.audreycharles.com/2013/05/from-captive-to-conqueror-part-4.html

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  7. Wow - this runs right along with where my thoughts and my heart have been for the past several months. And it was truly a joy to read your thoughts here. Sometimes we are too quick to judge and assume we know exactly what God is thinking or doing - forgetting that His ways are NOT our ways and His thoughts are higher (more perfect) than ours. Thank you for linking up with A Little R & R Wednesdays. This is a wonderful article!

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