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02/27/2008

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God's Strength


"The Lord said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that their own strength has saved her""....(Judges 7;2).

Thirty two thousand were recruited into Gideon's army. This was only one-fouth the size of the Midianite forces. God wanted the army to be much smaller. He did not want the Israelites to think that they gained victory through their own means. "In order that Israel may not boast against me that their own strength has saved her."

God began what we would view as an unusual series of tests to reduce the size of the army, and when finished, their number was three hundred. How would Gideon be able to defeat such a large army with only three hundred soldiers? From a logistical standpoint, it looked utterly hopeless...THAT was the idea! Also the weaponry to be used was not the standard type. Instead they would use trumpets, pitchers and torches. This small army, equipped with these strange weapons would precede to completely rout the Midianites.

Through this victory, God demonstrated what HE can do with people who are weak, with no ability or wisdom of their own. Their only strength was their obedience to the Lord. He displayed His power as the God of the impossible. Only God could have brought the victory. Only God could receive the glory.

We, also, have an enemy against whom we have no might. When we try confront this enemy with our own wisdom and strength, when we use our own strategy in this confrontation, we are defeated before we begin. We must remember that the battle is not ours, but the Lord's. When we are weak, He is strong. When we confess our weakness to God, it gives Him the opportunity to demonstrate His power. The victory is measured not by human strength, but by the power of God, that all glory may be His.

"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influental; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things----and the things that are not---to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him" (1 Cor. 1:26-29). The power is there....We must use it.

Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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