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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE PT 2

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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Now the real transformation begins in the life of Gideon, He has been told by the Angel that He is a MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR, and HE WILL DEFEAT THE ENEMY AS 1 MAN.

Gideon was wondering WHY, IF GOD WAS WITH THEM THEY WERE HAVING ALL THIS TROUBLE, and the Prophet that GOD had sent told them why.

 that the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites, and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. And I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land, 10 and I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live.” But you have not listened to and obeyed My voice.’”

This is usually the problem in all of our lives at different times, WE HAVE NOT LISTENED TO AND OBEYED GODS VOICE.

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14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this strength of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you? 15 But Gideon said to Him, “Please Lord, how am I to rescue Israel? Behold, my family is the least [significant] in Manasseh, and I am the youngest (smallest) in my father’s house.” 16 The Lord answered him, “I will certainly be with you, and you will strike down the Midianites as [if they were only] one man.”

Now the excuses start….HOW can I rescue Israel????

My family is THE LEAST in all of Manasseh!!!!!!

And not only that I AM THE YOUNGEST AND SMALLEST IN MY HOUSE!!!!!!

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Now surely Gideon thought that the Angel would have come to His senses after these startling revelations and said:) OH MY WORD, I MUST HAVE THE WRONG GUY, I AM SO SO SORRY, YOU ARE JUST NOT FIT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT AT ALL, PLEASE JUST GO BACK TO HIDING IN THE WINE PRESS, I HAD NO CLUE YOUR FAMILY WAS THE LEAST, AND YOU ARE THE SMALLEST AND YOUNGEST OF THE LEAST FAMILY IN ALL THE LAND.

No….the Angel says….I will certainly be with you, and you will strike down the Midianites as [if they were only] one man.”

Then Gideon offered a sacrifice and it was consumed, then He tore down the alter of Baal, and then another very significant thing happens in this journey of transformation.

 So the Spirit of the Lord [f]clothed Gideon [and empowered him]; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together [as a militia] to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout [the tribe of] Manasseh, and the fighting men were also called together to follow him; and he sent messengers to [the tribes of] Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they came up to meet them.

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THERE WILL NEVER EVER BE A VICTORY IF WE ARE NOT…EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

But Gideon was not yet fully sure so he put out the fleece, and GOD proved Himself yet again to Gideon, and yet GOD said if you are still not convinced go down to the enemy’s tent and listen to what they are saying.

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Finally Gideon is 100% sure of the victory and Him and the 300 deliver Israel for the enemy and there was peace in the land for 40 years (40 is the number of probation).

you can read the whole story in Judges 6-8.

Gideon thru this process of GOD turns Gideon from…. hiding to HERO,……. it is an amazing story of transformation and GOD is working the transformation in our lives also as I am writing this.

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Our Identity is IN CHRIST, not in anything else, the question is? WHO AM I

I am Larry…..NO THAT’S MY NAME

I am a carpenter, contractor, pilot, Instructor, etc,etc, NO THAT’S MY JOB

I am a father, brother, husband, son, NO THOSE ARE MY FAMILY TIES

I am a golfer, tennis player, football fan, stamp collector, bowler, NO THOSE ARE HOBBIES

I AM A CHILD OF GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST, AND MY TOTAL IDENTITY IS IN

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As far as this world is concerned…YOU…ARE…DEAD

AND YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD

Next time I will share a personal story about identification that changed my life.

AND REMEMBER:)   EVERY STORY HAS AN ENDING, BUT IN LIFE EVERY ENDING IS JUST A NEW BEGINNING.

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Ambassador, Servant, Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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As promised I am bringing you today a very important TRUTH that took me a long time to get (much praying in tongues for edification the REVELATION GIFT, AND MEDITATION on these scriptures).

The story of Gideon (Numbers 6-8) always fascinated me because GOD TOOK AN ORDINARY MAN who was NOT IN ANY WAY THINKING OF BEING USED BY GOD TO DELIVER A NATION, AND RAISE HIM UP TO B A MIGHTY WARRIOR.

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In short the nation of Israel was being disobedient to God by fearing the gods of the Amorites, and as a result they were being greatly oppressed by the Midianites and the Amalekites. So much so that they were hiding in caves and the enemy would come in and destroy all of their crops and make life totally miserable for them.

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Now like us….when they got so miserable that they could not take it anymore…..THEY CRIED OUT TO GOD (HELLO) SOUND FAMILIAR.

So GOD sends a PROPHET (not a profit) but a REAL PROPHET, and tells them of GODS mighty works on their behalf, but they are not obeying GODS commands.

So the angel of the LORD visits a guy named Gideon, who is HIDING IN THE WINE PRESS, beating some wheat to hide it from the enemy. Then there is a whole process that GOD goes thru to help Gideon know he is the chosen one to deliver Israel.

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Then GOD goes thru a process of choosing the army that will fight with Gideon to defeat the enemy… (very important that we let god choose the ones who will fight with us) ….who by the way it says of… the enemy…. they…..COULD NOT B NUMBERED THERE WERE SO MANY OF THEM.

7:2 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are too many people with you for Me to hand over Midian to them, otherwise Israel will boast [about themselves] against Me, saying, ‘My own [g]power has rescued me. So now, proclaim in the hearing of the people, ‘Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men returned [home], but ten thousand remained.

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7:4 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many people; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels down to drink.” Now the number of those who lapped [the water], putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men, but all the rest of the people kneeled down to drink water. And the Lord told Gideon, “With the three hundred men who lapped I will rescue you, and will hand over the Midianites to you. Let all the other people go, each man to his home.

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It was easy to understand the first test of GODS ARMY, IF YOU ARE….FEARFUL AND TREMBLING…..GO HOME.

Now He started with….32,000 men and after the first test 22,000 went home fearful and trembling. Many today will not be a part of GODS END TIME ARMY FOR THE SAME REASON.

The next test was the one I could not figure out, WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRINGING THE WATER UP TO YOUR MOUTH AND DRINKING…..OR KNEELING DOWN AND DRINKING?

I thought, well bringing the water up to your mouth you would be aware of what was happening around you and so that was being wise, but it seemed like there had to B more and there was.

One day while I was meditating AGAIN and going thru the drinking story with the Holy Spirit, I got to the part about kneeling down to drink, and the Holy Spirit said, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU SEE WHEN YOU KNEEL DOWN TO THE WATER TO DRINK.

I SAID…..YOURSELF

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HE SAID….BINGO

THE …… SELFISH…..WILL NOT B ELIGIBLE FOR THE END TIME ARMY OF GOD.

I WAS LIKE….WOW…..THAT IS SO GOD, I COULD NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT IN A THOUSAND YEARS.

CONCLUSION:) DENY YOURSELF, TAKE UP YOUR CROSS, THEN….WE CAN FOLLOW JESUS.

NEXT TIME LETS GO THRU THE PROCESS GOD TOOK GIDEON THRU TO GET HIM FROM……DOUBTER…..TO…DELIVERER….FROM HIDING…TO HERO.

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AND REMEMBER JESUS SAID…HE WOULD RATHER HAVE YOU…HOT….OR COLD….BUT lukewarm HE WOULD SPIT YOU OUT OF HIS MOUTH.

HOT IS REFRESHING, COLD IS REFRESHING, LUKEWARM IS NAUSEATING.

ALWAYS BE REFRESHING IN LIFE TOWARDS JESUS.

AMBASSADOR LARRY

 

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