This was sent to us by Bro. Ray Long, Apostolic Lighthouse, Branch, TX

 “Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2nd Timothy 1:9)

 Imagine yourself back in the Bible days, long before Jesus was born. The country has been in bondage for many years. You’ve been terrorized by the enemy and have little hope of ever being delivered. Then, an angel of the LORD comes and tells you to set your land free. This is the experience that happened to a man named Gideon (Judges 6 & 7).

So, how was Gideon chosen by God and called a mighty man of valor? Gideon was chosen because he was Sold Out to God to do His will. His Number One desire was to please God and fulfill the call placed upon his life. Because of Gideon’s desire, God used him to set an entire nation free. He became Sold Out by surrendering his all to God. He was willing to give everything he had in order to fulfill God’s purpose. God first asked Gideon to give a sacrifice unto Him. I like how God works. He says, “Show your love to Me and that you believe I can do the impossible–give me a sacrifice.”  Today, God is requiring our sacrifice. A sacrifice is anything your flesh doesn’t want to do: praying, giving of your finances and time; ministering to a soul in need. The Bible says to crucify your flesh daily. Every day we must wake up and make Jesus Christ our first and foremost desire. We have to be fully sold out to God’s will for our lives.

The next thing asked of Gideon was to thrash down the altar of Baal and rebuild the altar of God. How could God set Israel free when they weren’t even worshipping Him anymore? To be Sold Out we must tear down anything in our lives we make greater than God. It may be our problems, finances, our house or car; even our loved ones can hold a greater place in our life than God. This is not saying to not pay attention to these things, or it is wrong to have them–but we are not to serve them. Whatever you make greater than God Almighty, you must replace it with a dwelling place for Him. This dwelling place is in your heart. It is so important for us to have a pure heart toward God and make Him the desire of our lives. It says in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” As we sell out to Jesus we are fit to see Him use our lives. Praise God! When we are pure in heart we will not look at all the doubts, fears and anything else that would take our eyes off of Christ, because we are sold out to His plan. His plan is to use us to set others free.

Now this wasn’t the end of Gideon’s battle; in fact it was just the beginning. The Bible tells of the enemy being so colossal, they could not be numbered. There was no way to even begin counting them and Gideon only had 300 men with him. However, we must remember, they were the 300 men God chose. Isn’t the LORD wonderful! He took what seemed to be a lack and caused it to be more than enough to defeat the enemy. We sometimes may feel what we have inside of us in not enough to defeat everything that may come against us, but “We are more than conquerors.”

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Gideon and his men each went to fight the enemy with nothing more than a trumpet, a lamp and a pitcher. As they surrounded the camp, they sounded their trumpets, broke their pitchers, and shined their lights. God caused their enemy to become so frightened they fought and killed one another. They had their lamps and their horns, but they never had to fight or kill anyone. God took care of it! All we need is to shine our light in this dark world and proclaim the goodness of God with our trumpet and God will take care of the rest. We may be the only ones saved on our jobs or in our families, but if we sell ourselves out to Jesus Christ and make Him our Number One desire, then God will use us to set all those people free from the bondage of sin.

To shine your light in this day is to be a bearer of Christ. When Jesus lives inside of us, it is our job to go to those trapped in the bondage of sin and reach out to them with everything God has placed within us, and show them the love of God. We must show them they are not forgotten and tell them of the One who gave His all, just for them. We must never think we are lacking in our abilities to do God’s will, for He is the one that gives us the ability in the first place. He knows what we are capable of doing and asks for nothing more than our very best. When we sell out to God, He will take what seems like a weakness and cause it to be our strength. We must be the Gideon of today and sell ourselves out for Jesus Christ. Our Number One priority is to stay focused on building His Kingdom.

When we are sold out to God, people can take whatever they want from us, but they can’t take our desire and love for Jesus Christ. They can take away everything, but they can never take away God’s plan for our lives–to reach souls for Him.

“Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9)

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37)

God Bless,
Ray

Note: Some excerpts taken from my studies

 

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