THE GIDEON COMPANY(Pt.3)

“Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.” And He said, “I will wait until you come back.””(‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:18‬ NKJV)

For Gideon, it was no light thing that he should receive a  heavenly visitation. He knew in some way that God had heard the cry for deliverance from His people. We must understand that true national revival always begins first with God’s people. In other words, it’s no point in hoping that  the moral or spiritual values of our culture will change until WE BECOME THE CHANGE we long to see.  How does Gideon begin the change?  By way of altars.
ALTAR OF DEDICATION
He first establishes a personal altar. He consecrates himself fully by bringing out that which is very costly(“Meat, bread…broth”-Judges 6:18-24). King David,as well, understood the cost of a sacrificial altar. As leader of Israel,he understood his personal responsibility in time of a national crisis, “I will not offer that which cost me nothing”(2 Samuel 24:24). He understood that “a service that counts is a service that costs”.
ALTAR DESTROYED
Gideon was instructed to “Pull down the altar of Baal”, in his father’s backyard(Judges 6:25-32). How often it is true, that the thing that is the “power base” for strongholds and iniquitous patterns within communities or regions are close to home.  If you want true revival you must understand that God will have no revival “gods”. Tear down the altars…Get rid the idols!

ALTARS OF REDEDICATION
Once Gideon had removed the offense from before the eyes of the LORD God, like the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 18), he rebuilds an altar to the true God of Israel. This results in the legal ground of their enemies being removed from their Land and God returning to lead them into victory.

We need to follow Gideon’s example: A time of Personal dedication, A time of Demolition of all idols followed by A time of REDEDICATION to God. Only this will bring deliverance in time of spiritual and moral defeat.

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