UNITY – Key to Victory (Part 2)

1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:13; Matthew 28:18-20 – – (I ask that you read those passages…)

Let us pick up where we stopped yesterday and look at the Principle of Unity.  It is important because of its critical role in the flow of the Blessings of God to us and through us.  I know that this is something that I desire and have no doubt that it is a strong desire on your part as well.  However, even stronger than our desire to receive and convey His blessings is God’s desire to bless us!

2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….” NKJV

Too often, we miss God’s Blessings because we fail to understand His Principles.  But here is a principle that will, in my opinion, open the windows of heaven to you.  It is something that we need to get into our spirits not just our minds.  In truth, every time we discover a principle, we need to find an illustration to confirm that principle and make it understandable, practicable, and applicable.

Consider the “Prayer of Agreement” if you will.  In Judges 6 we find Gideon.  He was a poor man, chosen by God to bring deliverance from the oppression of the Midianites.  Israel was suffering as the tail rather than being the head that God said they would be.  That position is not the promise or purpose of God for us!  The problem, too often, is we are declaring and agreeing with the wrong things because we do not truly know what God has said or is saying in whatever situation we are in.

I find it almost amusing that Gideon was shocked that God would choose him.  One of the amazing things today and will be even more prevalent in the days to come is that God is raising or going to raise up people out of obscurity to do great exploits for the Kingdom of God!  If God says he will use you, He Will Use You!

Psalms 75:6-7 – “For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. 7 But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.” NKJV [The KJV renders it “promotion”]

So, resist the temptation to say, “Who me?”  Instead of when God nudges your heart, stand up and declare, “I can do all things through Christ….” and “Here am I Lord, send me.”  But we find that Gideon had a difficult time accepting the fact that God was going to use him.  But, once he got into motion, God began to work with him and through him.

Judges 7:15-17 “And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the LORD has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” 16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do:” NKJV

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 that he wanted us to follow him as he followed Christ.  Everybody has to follow somebody!  But what if he fails?  My immediate follow-up question is always, but what if he does not?

Judges 7:17-22 – “And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!'”

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then 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 they cried, “The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath. “NKJV

This is an incredible victory won against Impossible Odds!  The only question is, “How did they do it?”  There are several things that Gideon did that you and I can use in application to our situation, whatever that situation might be.

I do not mean to tease you, but I want to stop there for today and pick up with the things that Gideon did on the morrow.  But, for now, allow the Holy Spirit to impress upon your heart and mind that you are a candidate for exploits in God and that your situation is not impossible! 

We will put this on hold until tomorrow and as you go through this day may you walk in the Peace that passes all understanding and may the Spirit of the Lord guard your hearts and minds!  

Blessings until tomorrow!

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