13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
Here we find Gideon hard at work, threshing corn, and God visited him. The angel spoke to him and called him blessed, but then Gideon asked him “if the Lord be with us why are we in this state?”
Gideon took the Word of God into his heart and it worked in him. He realised that things weren’t going as they should go.
God saw that Gideon took notice of His Word. When God spoke, Gideon took it to heart and did what he had to do.
Blessed you are if you can see the real state that you are in; then there’s hope that God can change it.
Maybe there are things wrong around you but you don’t do anything about it. You’re just busy with yourself and your own family. Maybe you even criticise those who do something about the wrong things.
God spoke to Gideon that in his family, even in your father’s house things were wrong. God pointed out the idol. Gideon could have said that it wasn’t his house but his father’s house, but he acted to remove that the evil.
God saw that Gideon feared God and would do God’s Word.
God also commanded him to build an altar to God in the place of the idol. It wasn’t enough to only break the idol, but he also had to build an altar to God in its place.
So too it’s not enough to confess your sin and cleanse your life of the old, you must also renew your life and mind daily with the Word of God. Make God, Lord and King of your life. Maybe you’re reluctant to give up everything, but unless you totally surrender to God you won’t experience the fullness of God.
Don’t leave the service knowing there’s something between you and God.
To some their computer is an idol. They even fall asleep in front of it, and play computer games hours on end. Even some of the so-called educational stuff can cause harm. Not all is bad but look at the fruit. If the fruit is good thank God, but if it’s bad remove that evil from your home.
Sometimes one can even see the bad fruit while the child is playing in the way that the child answers you, gets agitated with the game if he/she doesn’t succeed etc.
May God give us eyes to see. Don’t excuse evil.
34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.
fter God had spoken to Gideon and he obeyed, God clothed him with His Spirit. That gave Gideon the strength for the work that was lying ahead.
Do you see who God clothe with His Spirit? God is dealing with your life. Are you faithful in dealing with that which God points out in your life?
God looks at the heart.
When God sees His child obedient and seeking His face, then He will visit His child.
A person that puts everything into it is obvious; even the way that person walks and talks, shows that God works in that life.
When God observes your life what does He say?
Maybe you have started to remove the old wineskins; don’t stop but persevere until the end. Surrender fully to God so that He can rule, live and move freely in your life.
When the Spirit of God came upon Gideon, it was the beginning of a different life for him. Then God could use him as He wanted.
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
We hear God’s Word everyday. Does it bear fruit in our lives, or are we playing around with God? Do you mean business with God? Maybe you are bewitched and cannot see the state you are in. The Bible says that disobedience is as the sin of witchcraft. You might argue your point, defend yourself while you are totally in the wrong direction and in the wrong way. How long will you wait to give God an answer and obey what He has told you?