Ordinary 2 Extraordinary: Gideon Goes from Obscurity to the Leader of Israel
Dr. Duane Bemis
Let us begin our journey with a prayer of unity that you and I will gain understanding from what the Spirit pens through this earthen vessel.
"Heavenly Father, You are my Creator, and You are my fortress and strength. Though I am nothing but a wretched sinner saved by Your tender mercies I ask that You flow through this one time ordinary man of dust. I was once a vessel of dishonor that You have cleansed. You have made this vessel to be ready for the Master's good works. Come Anointed One and teach us Your heart, which is so ready to bless us and transform us. Let the words penned in this book bring You glory, honor, and lace the words with spiritual power and insight. Lord we take authority over every distraction that will hinder this work and Your message to the bride of Christ. Wash us in Your Word, amen and amen.
"Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years,"
The first point is what happens to any of us when we do evil in the sight of the Lord. Sin separates us from God. It is that simple. When we sin, God sees it all and this is why I tell everyone including my own heart, live to please God and God alone. The children of God in Gideon' day did evil in God's eyes. Here they could be living in God's blessings and God's favor but for seven years the protection of God had lifted and for seven years they were surviving.
For seven years the enemy had their way with the children of God. Seven years of just trying to survive in essence from paycheck to paycheck. Seven years the enemy was allowed to steal, kill, and destroy the things of the children of God. God was still watching over His children but He removed His favor and let His children struggle through these hard times for they had let go of their Heavenly Father ...
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