The Angel of the Lord and Gideon

The story of Gideon is an interesting one.  Jesus came to him and the Bible called Him “The LORD,” “The Angel of the Lord,” and “The Angel of God.”  God was going to save His people, the Israelites through this man, who was the least of the weakest clan.  God chose him for that reason, so that people would see that it was God, not man, that saved them.  Something we in this society need to remember.  No man will save us.  Only through Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, through His blood, are we saved; not through any good deeds or how good we are, but what He has done and how good He is.  Same with our country.  No president or no one in Congress will save us from the mess we are in.  We need to pray to God for our leaders and our country and this country needs to repent and turn toward Him so that He will heal our land.

So, God called Gideon to trust Him and He would work through him.  As Gideon steps forward, God uses him with 300 men to defeat the army of Midian.  At first, Gideon had doubts.  He had excuses.  He asked for a sign…a couple times.  God had patience and gave him the faith he needed.  He reminded him that He would always be there for him and that He would do the work through him.  So the story begins… Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Gideon”

I Can Do All Things…

Most people know Philippians 4:13.  But do we understand what it means?  Out of context, its meaning can be much different from what it was intended.  Just like any scripture, read at least the entire chapter.  Who is the author speaking to?  What is the theme and setting of the book?  Thanksgiving has just past.  It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have.  We should be grateful in good times and bad, because God has blessed us in so many ways, sometimes we don’t even realize it until later in life.  So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians, anyway? Continue reading “I Can Do All Things…”

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Last week was a stressful week.  Work has already been stressful lately (which has been literally giving me headaches), but with the metal prices low, the company I worked for had to take some measures to reduce costs (I work for a zinc mine).  One of those measures included some layoffs.  Thank God I was not one of them, but I don’t know what the future holds in the years to come.  I have been planning a mission trip to Haiti for some time now.  Plans were to leave the end of this month.  But, I received a call that there is some civil unrest there and demonstrations were planned for the time I would be going there.  So, missionaries decided to cancel any mission trips during that time for obvious safety concerns.  The good news is that they are going to have a mission team going there mid-December and they were hoping that I could go then.  This was good news, but it also meant rescheduling flights and canceling hotel rooms.  All in all, this would add to the cost and I will be sleeping in the airport for the overnight layover because the hotel room was non-refundable.  I purchased travel insurance, but it did not cover this circumstance.  I know that God always works things out for good and His timing is right, but it did leave me with doubt, frustration, discouragement and wondering what I did wrong, or if He was testing my faith or if the devil was trying to keep me from going or working on my mind to lose faith or be distracted or keep from doing what God wants me to do, or…or…or… Continue reading “When Things Don’t Go as Planned”

Guilt and Forgiveness

In some ways guilt and forgiveness go hand in hand, but in other ways they are completely opposite.  Without guilt there is no need for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is more about the forgiver showing mercy.  We can all receive forgiveness if we just believe and trust in Jesus Christ…and we all need it.  In my last post, we talked about how we should forgive, knowing that we have been forgiven too.  Jesus not only took our sins away, but He also took away our guilt.  Knowing this, we should e able to not only forgive others, but also forgive ourselves. Continue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”

God’s Promises: Comfort and Strength

In our weakness, God gives us strength.  When we struggle, He comforts us.  We will go through hardship; we will have times of weakness.  He doesn’t keep us from those times, He helps us to get through them.  He is always there for us, even when we don’t realize it.  The Spirit will guide us and strengthen us and pray for us. Continue reading “God’s Promises: Comfort and Strength”