CHAIN-REACTION IN THE SPIRIT

If you are focused on what the LORD God might have in store for the New Year, you may be in for a few surprises. “God”, as someone observed, “doesn’t change but He moves!” He is constantly moving on behalf of those who diligently run after His Presence. It is His delight to run after us until WE catch Him! “The eyes of the LORD run throughout all the earth to see those whose hearts are perfect toward Him in order that He strengthen them(?). He is not running so as not to be caught but in order that He may be found in this hour (Isaiah 55:6).  With this, the prophet Isaiah confirms,”The Lord waits to be wanted”. He waits for our pursuit in order to bless us all the more. But we need to understand that the “More” is not “More things…more ‘stuff’ to consume upon our passions and greed. No.The chase is in order that we might “find Him. For He is not far from anyone of us”(Acts 17:27)
A passionate pursuit of God will be rewarded with the friendship of His Presence. The more we seek Him, the more we will find HIM. God pursues us in order that we might run after Him with whole-hearted devotion. This creates a chain-reaction in the Spirit. We an example of this in the Book of Acts Chapter 3.
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
Peter and John had gone up to the Temple because it was the Jewish “Hour of Prayer”. They had spent three and a half years with Jesus while He was ministering in the earth. They had heard His teaching; seen his miracles and they were eye-witnesses of Him raised from the dead. After forty days, He was no longer physically with them. But they learned the secret of His nearness was constant abiding-fellowship through prayer. On a certain occasion, they encounter a lame bigger at the Gate called beautiful, asking for money(alms, charity for the poor). But Peter and John had no money to give the beggar. But Peter realized that what looked like a “limitation”in the natural was an opportunity for the Unlimited One dwelling now inside them. The Holy Spirit not only had come as Jesus promised He would but He had come to stay. Taking him by the hand and lifting him “in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth!”, the man for the first time of his forty years of living began to walk and leap; praising God as he heads into the Temple to worship.
CHAIN REACTIONS CREATE ATMOSPHERIC CHANGES
The crowds rush toward Peter & John. But they did not allow the wondering crowd to draw attention from the glory due God alone. The crowds desired to “elevate them” to a status of “super-heroes”. This drew the attention, envy and jealousy of the religious leaders. They arrest, interrogate and threaten Peter and John. But when Peter (Who previously couldn’t testify of knowing Jesus of Nazareth to a servant girl) refused to back down by their “religious intimidation”, they took note of it. They recognized a “different spirit” resting upon Simon Peter. It was a “spirit of boldness”. What was the difference? These “common”, religiously unlearned, non-degreed men, “had been with Jesus” while He was on earth. And further, they had learned to host the presence of Jesus who dwells now in the heavens.
Suddenly, those who were intimidated “not to speak” the holy things of God”,in the Name of Jesus”(Yeshua) were emboldened to bear witness to Him all the more!
Peter and John leave their presence and go to their own company, gathered together to welcome and worship Jesus in their homes. The apostles rehearse what had happened to them. The people were not frightened, hearing of the religious threats. Rather, they pressed into the glory of God’s presence with a greater passion and desire to honor the Presence of Jesus among them. Claiming God’s promises (Read Acts 4 & Psalm 2) as their strategy, they seek God asking that He manifest “the greater works of Jesus”in the earth. The results?  Another chain-reaction in the Spirit! They experienced His Presence in a greater way. “The whole house where they were was shaken” and with greater boldness, signs and wonders were manifest, causing many to magnify the God of Israel in truth and reality in their lives (Read Acts 4:29-31). And the kingdom of heaven advanced in the earth.
This year, let us not lose our focus. Many things are happening in the earth in this hour, but let us keep our eyes fixed on He who rules over all from heaven. And let us learn to make a place here on earth where the Presence of Jesus can rest and abide. The greater works of His manifest glory surely will come. There is a chain-reaction in the Spirit-realm, waiting to be manifest in you and through you in His great Name.

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MANY TEACHERS, FEW FATHERS

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 »

THE GIDEON COMPANY(Pt. 9)

“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).
KEYS TO VICTORY
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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THE GIDEON COMPANY (Pt. 8)

THE GIDEON COMPANY(Pt. 8)

“…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.  

TWO BY TWO

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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THE GIDEON COMPANY (Pt. 7)

“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.

“YOU GOT TOO MANY”
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).
FINAL TEST
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).

A BAND OF BROTHERS

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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THE GIDEON COMPANY(Pt. 6)

THE GIDEON COMPANY (Pt. 6)
““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

FLEECING THE ALMIGHTY?

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).
FLEECE WET…FLEECE DRY
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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