Thursday, May 23, 2013

FROM CAPTIVE TO CONQUEROR - PART 4

PURPOSE FULFILLED

Thanks to Allison Sylvester-Conliffe for contributing this series of articles
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Gideon started off as a man full of fear, but God worked through that condition so as to fulfil His purpose for Gideon on the earth.  God built faith in Gideon, and with every step of faith, Gideon displayed increasing boldness.

By the time we get to Judges 7:16-18, we see a transformed Gideon boldly giving instructions to his army of 300 as he was ready to go up to conquer the host of the Midianite army…

Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, 
and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, 
and torches inside the pitchers. 
And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise
watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 
When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, 
‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’”

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By Chapter 8 of the Book of Judges, Gideon was challenging the men of Succoth and of Penuel for not co-operating with him by giving his men food.  He eventually brought his own word to pass concerning them – he wiped them out on his return.

When Gideon came to the Jordan, he and the three hundred men who were with him crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit. Then he said to the men of Succoth, 
“Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.” 

And the leaders of Succoth said, 
“Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your army?” So Gideon said, “For this cause, when the LORD has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers!” 

Then he went up from there to Penuel and spoke to them in the same way. 
And the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered. 
So he also spoke to the men of Penuel, saying, 
“When I come back in peace, I will tear down this tower!” – Judges 8:4-9

What a transformation! Gideon fulfilled his calling as a “great man of valour”!  God had seen him in this manner all along, even while he was yet a coward and afraid – while he was threshing wheat in the winepress, hiding from the Midianites.

In the same manner, we too, are seen by God, not in our present frail states, but God sees us as He created us - with His purpose for us in His mind.  Our job is to join with Him and to co-operate with Him, and so step into His Call that He would have ordained for each of our lives. 

It begins with us answering the Call of Salvation and then taking up the responsibility to follow after God’s direction as He guides us by His Spirit and His Word, on this journey called life.

Have you answered His call yet?


8 comments:

  1. This is a remarkable article. What a Revelation i got to know that the Lord doesn't see me in my frail state, but He sees me with the purpose for which He created me. Help me Lord Jesus to corporate with you so that I could step in the purpose and calling placed upon my life by You. Thank you Rev.Charles and Mrs. Sylvester for posting.

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  2. Sometimes, I think our human-ness slows down our learning, but I have to defer to His Wisdom in creating us human for a reason. It is easy to get into a mindset of our own, but being open to God as Gideon was makes us such great warriors for Him! Great post.

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  3. It's interesting to read about Gideon. Seems he was a man of great honor, even though he didn't even know it at first. Thank you for sharing.

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

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  4. Gideon's story is a good example--thank-you for focusing on God's work in his life. We are created to do good works that god has planned in advance (Eph. 2:10)

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  5. Thank you for sharing Allison's study of Gideon at "Tell me a Story." He was full of fear at first, but was soon encouraged and went on to victory. We too can go forward to conquor.

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  6. Thank you for taking the time to share this over at WholeHearted Home.

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  7. I feel like I've only begun to glimpse the way the Lord really sees me and it is nothing like I see myself. I am a Gideon...cowardly and afraid...but what transforming power would be unlocked if I surrendered every last insecurity to Him as He fashioned me into what He intended me to be. Thank you for linking this up last week at Walking Redeemed. Please know I'd love to have you stop by again today and do the same!

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