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…”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”