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Dropping The Gloves

Dropping The Gloves

Warrior Training
Judges 6:25-35 Dropping the gloves in the world of hockey is a declaration, “the fight is on”! This kind of battle is wildly cheered by fans while players watch shouting enthusiastic support to their teammate. The fisticuff lasts seconds and then it is over. It is all part of the game! Gideon dropped his gloves the night he built the “Lord is peace” altar. On that night he broke down the Baal altar and tore down his father’s Asherah pole. The reaction the next morning was swift, “Gideon must die for what he has done!”. But that is not what Gideon’s Dad thought. In defense of his son, Joash jolted the people into a new reality, “If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself.” (Judges 6:32). Baal never…
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Doing Hard Things Demands Assurances!

Doing Hard Things Demands Assurances!

Inspiration
Judges 6:17-24 Bungy jumping is fun, apparently! I have never done it. If I would do it I would want assurance that I would live to tell how fun it was. So, I wonder, “What assurances would I need before I jumped?” One kind of assurance I would want is the right answer to the questions, “How new is the bungy cord? Trust me it has to be really new! When asked to do hard things warriors need assurances. Often these are linked to our sense of identity. How we see and think about ourselves increases or decreases our “can do”. Gideon was no different. He needed assurance the invitation from God was not a dream or his own desire to end the Midianite oppression. Gideon discovered over the course…
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SEEDS

SEEDS

Gaining Freedom
Who Does God say We Are? Judges 6:12-16 “Who am I?” is the wrong question. It is the right starting place but it is the wrong place to stay. The right question is, “Who does God say that I am?”. The question of our identity is more important than we might imagine. How we see ourselves profoundly affects our sense of destiny. Every Olympic athlete knows this to be true. They know the importance of a destiny shaping mindset - “Think you can. Think you can’t. Either way you are right!” An athlete who believes in his/her strengthened body, training and mindset will achieve at a high level. The opposite is also true! Identity is shaped on how we might finish the sentence beginning with the words, “I am …”.…
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The Cry of the Impoverished!

The Cry of the Impoverished!

Inspiration, Spiritual Warfare
Judges 6: 1-12 Impoverished people cry out for help and warriors hear their cry! The people of Israel were suffering under the power of Midian. Their story is told in the Bible in Judges chapters 6-9. For 7 years the Midianites invaded the land of Israel to ravage it, “And the Israelite's cried out to the Lord for help!”(Judges 6:7). There is a cry going up to God out of the mouths of God’s people in Canada. This cry is a cry of “What is wrong with our country?”. Charles Colson in his book The Good Life (Tyndale 2005) speaks of a culture where people of all age groups have stopped seeking truth because “they have been told from their preschool days on that one person’s opinion is as good…
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Your Territory is YOUR Territory!

Your Territory is YOUR Territory!

Spiritual Warfare
You are responsible for the territory God has assigned to you. It’s your territory! When accessing the “Map App” on your mobile phone a blue dot shows up marking your location. The blue dot emits blue waves of light. Can you see it? Wherever you move in your vehicle the blue dot moves with you marking your location. Think now of this blue dot being you. It represents your positioning by Jesus in a specific place in His Kingdom. Your placement is strategic, on His part, as He wants to take that territory back. Stop now to imagine what this means for you? You are placed by Jesus… radiating light… affecting the atmosphere around you with the power of His presence everywhere your feet carry you! Imagine what your life…
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