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The Weakness of Gideon - The Strength of an Almighty God - May 2011

Do you ever feel as though you are doing the Gideon? No, it is not a new line dance; it is more of a dance with God.

 

Do you remember Gideon from Judges 6-7? Arguably the weakest man in all of Israel, God chose him to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites who had been oppressing the Israelites savagely for seven years. But God wanted to make sure that the Israelites saw clearly that it was God who was their deliverer, no one else. After choosing the weakest man as their leader, God asked Gideon to gather an army. When 32,000 men had gathered, God had Gideon tell all the men that if they were afraid, they should return to their families. 22,000 did so. God then told Gideon that there were still too many men, and he instructed Gideon to take the men down to the water to drink. The Lord told Gideon to “separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink,” and He then instructed Gideon to send home all those who lapped with their tongues. That left only three hundred soldiers. Three hundred Israelite soldiers against what is believed to have been hundreds of thousands of Midianites. Though the Bible is not specific about the number of Midianite soldiers, Judges 7:12 tells us that the enemy “had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.”

 

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What Reason Do We Have to be Angry? - April 2011

I finally feel almost completely recovered from a surgery I underwent this past fall (see Waiting Room devotional).  The surgery was difficult, and I questioned whether I would survive the procedure.  I then questioned whether I would survive the recovery. To be honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to.  When I awoke from the anesthesia, my husband told me that the surgery had been amazingly successful. The surgeons told Deric that they removed all visible cancer ... a miracle, even the doctors admitted as such. God had answered my ultimate prayer … complete removal of the cancer.  Yet my response was not what I had planned. I had promised God that if He did grant me healing, I would shout His praises from the rooftops. Instead, I found myself asking God to take me home.

 

I mentioned in last month’s devotional a Bible study I have been participating in on the Book of Jonah.  Priscilla Shirer has touched my heart time and again through her teaching on this short book.  As we came to the end of Jonah’s story, I was especially struck by God’s Word and the thoughts of Priscilla.  First, Jonah experienced the miracle of the great fish, which God used to save Jonah from drowning and to deliver him back to Joppa.  Then, Jonah witnessed the miracle of the Ninevites, who listened to Jonah’s short message and immediately changed their evil ways.  Jonah’s response to these momentous miracles?  He had a temper tantrum.  Angry that the Ninevites might receive the same mercy Jonah had received, Jonah prayed, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”  Uh-oh.  This sounds a lot like my own plea after my surgery.

 

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Life Interrupted - March 2011

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”  -- Proverbs 3:5 (AMP)

My friend Lisa and I have begun 

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A Part to Play - January 2011

This month's devotional is written by Inheritance of Hope staff member Aaron Hedges.

John 11:38-44 tells a fascinating story.  Much significance is packed into the short account, and we too easily 

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The Gift of Christmas - December 2010

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and

breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,

and 

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Divine Visitor - November 2010

“They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and 

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