I am writing this brief article partly because it will help me (And hopefully others) reflect on a vital perspective of living out of a heart for the kingdom of God. Recently, I learned of the home going of my oldest and longest father in the Lord, DeVern Fromke. He was a very rare gift in the Body of Christ. He was no doubt a father to thousands through his spoken and written words.  His books, especially THE ULTIMATE INTENTION, will live on to transform hearts and minds for the kingdom for many years to come. As I have grieved my own personal loss, I have reflected on the key issues of this man of God’s life and the impact on his generation. He was the embodiment of a true spiritual father. I will share some distinguishing marks in his life as a hint of what true fathers are all about. I make no claim that the list is complete or sequential in their importance.
Fathers recognize you as a true son. Many biblical examples come to mind: Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Jeremiah and Baruch, Jesus and the twelve apostles, Paul and Timothy. The inner witness of recognition between fathers and sons is how the journey begins. Many years ago, I was saddened to hear someone complain, regarding a well-known ministry, “That man is my father but he doesn’t even know me”. Fathers and sons walk in fellowship and labor; candor and true friendship as part of mutual recognition and honor.

Fathers are not controlling but affirming in their relationship to a son. They are not insecure in their identity. Therefore, they are able to affirm others who are coming into their God-given identity and purpose. We see, for example how the apostle Paul understood Timothy’s timid nature and calls him to live out of his true God-given nature. “God didn’t give you a spirit of fear but power, love and a disciplined mind”…”Stir up the gifts that are inside you!” are some of the words of encouragement to Timothy as a son in the faith (See 2 Timothy 1:6-7)
Fathers challenge you to grow unto your full stature in the Lord. The apostle John identifies the stages of growth and development we each can attain to: “little children, young men and fathers”(See 1 John 2:12-14). I recommend a brief but profound article from G.D. Watson, “OTHERS CAN, YOU CANNOT”(May be found on internet). This article has been an unusual blessing to those who are growing in their identity as sons. The voice of the Father may be heard as you prayerfully read, hearing a call to new growth and development.
Fathers model their lives through both words and deeds. What they teach is exemplified through their daily living. Paul’s exhortation, “Follow me as I follow Christ”(1 Corinthians 11:1) should be a maxim of every true spiritual father. “”If you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators me”(1 Corinthians 4:15-16 NASB). 
Fathers live sacrificially for the sake of sons. Our Lord Jesus is our model of the Father heart of God. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”(Philippians 2:3-5 NASB).
Finally, Fathers help you to see through a wider-window. The things that are eternal in their consequences are the things they point us toward. DeVern Fromke was such a father, helping me see Life’s Ultimate Purpose and dedicating myself to this pursuit. He has fought a good fight, kept the faith and finished his race with grace and honor. He has entered into his rest and allotment. Who will receive the baton for a new generation?
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Reason To Celebrate

We have reason to celebrate the recent news report that the Obama Administration has signed an historic Military support agreement of $38 billion with Israel.  Not only should we celebrate the unprecedented amount of support but also a sense of renewed hope for our nation.  The United States of America continues (in our historic tradition) as friend and ally to the only democracy in the Middle-East, Israel.  This is an affirmation of our Founding Fathers intent,as well as our nation’s resolve, to lead as a free people.  We understand that we must not only maintain our costly earned freedom but continue to be a beacon of light and hope for others who cherish or long for freedom from tyranny, oppression and terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »


“A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”(Judges 7:20 NASB)

It is said that when General George Washington led the Continental Army(Before freedom from the British Empire was secured) most of his strategy was to retreat. He knew that the British Army was much more powerfully trained and equipped than his Army. His Army was both outnumbered and outgunned. Part of his strategy was to maneuver away from the enemy until he had gained the most favorable conditions. He gained those conditions, namely Bad weather (Frigid snow) and the element of Surprise attack.  He wrote as code this engagement would mean “Victory or Death”.  He maneuvered his small army, cannons and artillery through a frozen river in the early morning hours(on Christmas Night!) and captured a British Army. His unwavering decision to engage the enemy paid off, turning the tide of the War against the British.  Now we know that  famous battle as the “Battle of Trenton”. And the rest of the story is part of the History of America’s Independence.
Likewise, Gideon’s decisive actions turned the tide for God’s people Israel.  They arose from ademoralized and captive position under the cruel boot of the Midianites,turning their day of battle into one of the greatest recorded victories in the Scriptures.  The psalmist records the defeat of the Midianite army as a source of encouragement for future battles!
“O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah. Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, Who were destroyed at En-dor, Who became as dung for the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves The pastures of God.” O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind. Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm. Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O LORD. Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth”(‭‭Psalms‬ ‭83:1-18‬ ‭NASB‬‬).
What were the keys Gideon used to defeat the Midianites?
(1) He was decisive. He rouses his 300 men to action. God let him hear the dream of the Midianite soldier to fortify that the enemy was ALREADY DEFEATED. Likewise, we as believers in Jesus the Messiah, are not waiting for a victory. We are to stand in His victory for us.
““When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him”(‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬).
(2) Each man was equipped. Gideon gave each a trumpet and an empty pitcher with a torch inside. This certainly was not your conventional weaponry! But we, too, must remember that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal or fleshly. They are divinely given and powerful”(2 Co. 10:4).
(3) God-given Strategy.  Gideon used the element of surprise; coming down to the enemy camp at Midnight. Unexpected and hidden under the cover of darkness, they take the high ground with an unexpected attack.
“He said to them, “Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets all around the camp and say, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.'” So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands. When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” Each stood in his place around the camp; and all the army ran, crying out as they fled. When they blew 300 trumpets, the LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath”(Judges‬ ‭7:17-22‬ ‭NASB‬‬).

What strange tactics and weaponry! And yet…Their “lamps in broken pitchers” was God’s means of victory. The apostle Paul wrote of the secret to his many victories against the work of the enemy, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord…For God, who said,’Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves”(2 Co 4:5a, 6-7 NASB).
In essence, we must understand that God has placed inside every believer the power of the light and life of His Spirit to withstand the external pressures of life. As someone observed, we are all “clay pots”; brittle jars of clay holding the treasure of inestimable value. Even what would seem to cause us to crack(or break) will only assist in emitting the light of God within, thereby defeating the darkness all around us.
(4) A Declaration of Faith. “The sword of LORD and of Gideon!”
When we know Who it is Who gives us the victory and stand in our God-given Identity, we cannot be ultimately defeated.
As the sound of trumpet of the LORD is being heard once again, God is raising up a “Gideon Company” to bring victory out of defeat; hope out of despair and the shout of joy once again in the camp of the righteous. Be reminded, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”(1 John 4:4 NASB).
Let the Gideon Company Arise!

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“…Go with Purah your servant down to the camp, and you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp.” So he went with Purah his servant down to the outposts of the army that was in the camp.”(‭‭Judges‬ ‭7:10b-11‬ ‭NASB‬‬)DOWN TO THE ENEMY’S CAMP

Gideon has watched the LORD dismiss over 31,000 fighters from his army. He is left with only 300 men. What is God’s strategic plan with so few? He instructs Gideon to go down under the cover of night into the enemy ‘s camp to discover the nature of his enemy. God knows his servant and is aware of Gideon’s reluctance to engage into battle. The LORD says, “If you are afraid…take Purah with you”(Judges 7:10a).

Gideon’s servant was Purah. His name means, “bough, shoot or branch”. It is suggestive of his 

servant’s character. He was probably his “armor bearer” and a loyal friend. He was to go along with Gideon (like Pancho the faithful companion in the classic tale of “Don Quiote”) to strengthen his courage and resolve.  


We each know the value of a few loyal companions; those true friends. Further, as someone has said. “If you’re going to war, you want to know whose in the foxhole with you?”.   

The wise Solomon wrote, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

The Lord Jesus affirms this as he is training his apostles to advance the kingdom of heaven into new regions. “After this the Lord chose another 72 men and sent them out two by two, to go on ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go”( Luke 10:1 GNB).

The “two by two” principle sending forth was a strategic kingdom plan. It would provide companionship along the way of challenges, threats and unexpected adventures. Their new opportunities and strategic battles would be shared as well as their joys of victory celebrated.

God was not sending Gideon down into the enemy’s camp to be captured nor defeated. But He wanted to further inspire him regarding his divine assignment. Gideon would hear what the enemy was saying regarding himself and be fortified, knowing he was more than a conqueror for his day of battle. “Your hands will be strengthened that you may go down into the enemy’s camp”(Judges 7:10). 

“When Gideon arrives, he hears a man telling a friend about a dream he had the night before. He relayed, “I dreamt that a loaf of barley bread rolled into our camp and hit a tent. The tent collapsed and lay flat on the ground.” His friend replied, “It’s the sword of the Israelite, Gideon son of Joash! It can’t mean anything else! God has given him victory over Midian and our whole army!” When Gideon heard about the man’s dream and what it meant, he fell to his knees and worshipped the Lord. Then he went back to the Israelite camp and said, “Get up! The Lord is giving you victory over the Midianite army!”(‭‭Judges‬ ‭7:13-15‬ ‭GNB‬‬).

Dreams and their interpretation come from the LORD God of Israel. God gave the enemy the dream and He gave the enemy the interpretation of his own defeat at the hand of “Gideon son of Joash”. God has your name in mind for victory!

Later, in the Gospel of Luke, the Lord Jesus explained to the disciples the true cause of rejoicing after their recent ministry conquest over the enemy. 

“The 72 men came back in great joy. “Lord,” they said, “even the demons obeyed us when we gave them a command in your name!” Jesus answered them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you. But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven”(Luke‬ ‭10:17-20‬ ‭GNB‬‬)

Yes. Jesus teaches us that when we are sent into spiritual battle to fulfill our God assignments, the enemy must eventually bow, knowing our names are written in  heaven. God knows us by name when we use His Son’s Name in our struggles against our opponent. Further, our adversary knows that there is coming a day when “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”(See 1 John 4:3-4; Philippians 2:9-11).     What a day of rejoicing that will be.

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“And the LORD God said to GIDEON, ‘The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands lest Israel become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me'”(Judges 7:2 NASB).

God’s ways are often quite different than our natural way of doing things. Gideon had 32,000 men who answered the call to battle. But the LORD was not impressed with their numbers. In the kingdom of God the majority may not always be right.

The LORD God was the ultimate Captain of Israel’s army. He announced to Gideon, “You have got too many”men. “Why?” No doubt was Gideon’s consternation. God knew that for that many men going to war there was the real potential for the Israelites to enter into boastful pride. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”(Proverbs 16:18). Israel might conclude that a victory over their enemies, the Midianites, was because of their great numbers. What did God require of GIDEON? He must test them to see who was fit to fight. In other words God, who looks at the heart, knew that many of these men didn’t meet His spiritual qualifications.
Who are disqualified for battle?
In addition to those who believe “It’s all about me”; the ego-self. They somehow believe that they are sufficient in their own strength of numbers to defeat their enemies. The scriptures reminds us, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble”(1 Peter 5:5). Secondly, God singles out those who are fearful of battle. Unchecked fear is like a disease. If you are not inoculated against it… FEAR is contagious. It will spread in the midst of the camp like a plague. Amy Carmichael, the great missionary saint who was used of the Lord to rescue hundreds of children from child prostitution in India, wrote, “Fear hamstrings the soul”.  Perhaps this is why over 360 times in the Bible we are commanded, “Do not fear”.
The LORD says,“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you”(Isaiah‬ ‭41:10-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬).
Gideon is left with 10,000 strong men to fight Israel’s enemies. But wait a minute. The LORD God said to Gideon, “You still have too many”(Judges 7:4a). There was one final test. “Bring them down to the water and I will test them for you”(Judges 7:4b).
Waters in the Word of God have often been used as a place of SEPERATION. For example, Israel was separated from the slavery & bondage of the Egyptians by the parting of the waters. While God made a way for His people to go through to safety, the Egyptian Army was decimated, drowning in the Sea.
Again, after the death of Moses, Joshua led a new generation across the waters of the Jordan River, which the LORD God parted. Thus a new generation was separated from an unbelieving and unfaithful generation which wandered for forty years, dying in the wilderness.

The waters of separation can also be waters of PREPARATION. Recall that David as a young man headed for the waters of the brook nearby before he faced Goliath on the field of battle(See 1 Samuel 17:40). Why? He needed to retrieve five smooth stones from the flowing waters. He knew that they were polished and best suited to hit their target when let loose from his slingshot!
We,too,can be likened unto “polished stones” sent from the Lord,our Shepherd’s pouch(1 Samuel 17:40,49) if we have stayed under the influence of the brook of His Word. The apostle Paul reminds us that God prepares, polishes and perfects us “by the washing of water of His Word”(Ephesians 5:26).
Back to Gideon. The LORD commanded that the 10,000 men be brought “down to the water” and observed as they drank. All who knelt down with their face in the water were sent home. All who cupped the water with their hands and drank as a dog laps water were to remain. What a suggestive image and a spiritual lesson for us today. Bringing them “down” suggest the way “Up”. In other words, humility proceeds honor. If we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, He will exalt and promote us in due season.
What about their position while drinking the water? Those who knelt with their face in the water were inattentive. And they could only see a reflection of themselves in the water.Suggesting that those who have a carnal mindset are easy prey for the enemy; they have no outward focus or vision.  On the other hand, those who take the water into their hands to drink are alert, aware of potential lurking danger. They are battle-minded; able to face any surprise attack. “To be carnally-minded is death. To be spiritually minded is life and peace”(Romans 8:2). Furthermore, the apostle Peter admonishes us, ““Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith”(1Peter‬ ‭5:6-9‬a NIV).


After the LORD had separated the men, Gideon is left with a band of only 300 men! But he need not become dismayed. “Little is much when God is in it”. Their description gives us the insight into their being fully qualified to take on the enemy.
“So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others. Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley”(‭‭Judges‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬).
These were equipped, like Gideon, to enter into the battle against the enemy. They had “gained the high ground” and were now above their enemies. We,too,like Gideon and his 300, have been called to the higher ground in God. Never forget, “Your position (in God) will always determine your condition” over all the power of the enemy. Those who have learned this secret are confident in their calling and consecrated for this Final Day of Battle. Our Lord Jesus assured His disciples, as He does us, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom”(‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:32‬ ‭NIV‬‬).

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““Behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.””‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:37‬‭NASB‬‬


Gideon has been called, consecrated, and clothed with the Holy Spirit. What more does he need? Apparently convincing! Before you raise too broad of a smile as to his lack of faith and assurance, let us consider the outcome of his request.  The LORD God answered his request!
Was God being “fleeced” by his servant? Or was He in anyway obligated to answer Gideon’s request? The answer is that God didn not  act out of “duty” like a heavenly “bell-hop” (or servant), making the fleece wet and the ground dry” and vice-versa. The LORD did not obligate Himself, in any way, to answer Gideon’s request.  But He did accommodate Gideon’s lack of courage. It seems that God was more interested in getting a victory over His enemies than chastising his servant for his reluctance in moving forward directly with God’s plan.
We all (from time to time) have “feeble knees” and “fainting spells” from lack of courage. In those times (if we sincerely mean to do the LORD’s will), we are often given the divine confirmation needed to move forward in Him. The apostle Paul wrote a letter of encouragement to his son in the faith, Timothy, who had a “timid” nature as a young leader. “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”(‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NIV).

“For though we live in the world,we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”(2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬).

Apparently, Gideon needed all the assurance he could get for his momentary sagging faith and loss of courage. And the God of “Signs and Wonders” was pleased to give him the confirmation he needed. He assured him he was indeed God’s “mighty man of valor for the hour” versus ,as someone said, only a “man of paste and flour”! We are called to “Fight the good fight of FAITH[Caps. mine]”(1 Timothy 6:12a NIV).
The fleece on the threshing floor is very suggestive of God’s way in true revival. The fleece is a symbol of the people of God. For we are called “the sheep of His pasture”.   And when we are prostrate and brought low before the LORD, He sends the refreshing dew of the Holy Spirit in order to revive us. Many of God’s saints have testified that when the night of spiritual conflict or as some have termed it the “dark night of the soul” has passed, they experienced renewed sense of God’s grace, power and vitality.  They understood, that the  “fleece”,as it were, of their soul had been brought low in God’s presence to receive heaven’s dew until it could be wrung out as Gideon demonstrates a “bowl full of water”; sustaining the weary, thirsty soul.  Our Lord Jesus taught, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”(Matthew 5:6).
God will later answer Gideon by reversing the order, causing “the ground to be wet and the fleece dry”. This speaks of the ways of God in true revival. God first “revives and renews” the people of God in order that He might give “the Dew of His saving grace” to a dying world. He has promised, “The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man”(Micah‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV).
We need Revival is for the God’s people.   But it should always lead to an Awakening for those who are “dead in their trespasses and sin”(Ephesians 2:1 NASB). One must proceed the other.
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“Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the sons of the east assembled themselves; and they crossed over and camped in the valley of Jezreel. So the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet, and Israel was called together to follow him. “(‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:33‬).
God’s enemies had gathered in the valley of Jezreel to do what they had done for the past seven years. They had had their way with God’s people, pillaging and plundering their Land.
The strategy of the enemy never changes.  JESUS said, “The thief(representing the kingdom of darkness) comes to steal, kill and destroy. But I have come(representing the Kingdom of God) that they might have Life and that more abundantly”(John 10:9 -My Paraphrase). There is ultimately only two kingdoms in the world.  You cannot be a citizen of both. You must decide of “Which Kingdom do you belong?”
The place named “Jezreel” has a significant Biblical history. It was first conquered under Joseph’s ancestry and made a part of their inheritance. This was quite a feat in their day. Their opponents had the latest “modern day” weaponry…”iron chariots”.  But this did not deter God’s people. Their generation had come to believe (and demonstrate) that with the Arm of the LORD on their side they need not fear the carnal weapons of men. “Victory is of the LORD our God”,said the psalmist.
Jezreel was later established as the place where Ahab and Jezebaal’s ruled. But because of their leading God’s people into wickedness and idolatry, the LORD God would ultimately wipe out their heritage and leave no memorial to them nor their descendants in the LAND(See 2 Kings 9:30-37).
The Word of the LORD came to the prophet Hosea that God would use Jezreel as a place of chastisement but also as a place of promised future blessing. The Hebrew meaning of Jezreel is “He who sows or plants”. Recall that like the prophet Hosea’s wife,Gomer, God’s people had time and again gone astray in unfaithfulness. Therefore, God announces that He would “scatter them among the nations” whom they had run after like an “adulterous” lover. But God would not entirely forsake them. He would “hedge them about”, heal them and then “plant them” once again in their own land(See Hosea 1 & 2). It is a wonderful thing to know that “He who scatters” is also able to “gather and restore”. Only God can redeem and heal a life to fulfill its purpose.
Back to our story of Gideon. While the enemy was gathering his troops, so too,God was gathering His army for their day of battle. He starts with new leadership.  For “new wine must be put into new wineskins”.  By the Holy Spirit,Gideon blows a trumpet rallying the troops.  Like Gideon, there must be a Spirit-led leadership corp. How will we recognize them?

(1) Spirit-Clothed. It was not Gideon’s brilliant human skills. Rather he was the human vessel that God’s Spirit adorned. Our Lord Jesus prepared His apostles in the same manner. ““And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”(Luke‬ ‭24:49‬ ‭NASB).‬‬ He knew they could not advance the kingdom of God on earth without the Holy Spirit’s enwrapping grace. The Holy Spirit’s enabling grace would not only cover them for their God-given task but would insulate and distinguish them with His character.
(2)Spirit-Called.   It is the business of the Holy Spirit to confirm that we have been called by God and not by men. We will unwittingly disqualify ourselves when we lean on our own fleshly nature and human reasoning rather than trusting the Holy Spirit’s confirming work.
(3) Spiritually-Equipped. The Holy Spirit “clothes Himself with Gideon and he blows a trumpet” calling Israel to the fight. This was a sound heard in the Land after seven long years of oppression. God’s time had come to deliver His people. Although Gideon may have felt small and insignificant, his action was huge in the Spirit-realm. Somehow things would not be the same. Remember, It is not(as the saying goes)”How big is the DOG in the fight? Rather it is, How big is the FIGHT in the dog that determines who wins.”
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