Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

From “Morning and Evening” by C. H. Spurgeon

“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” – Jdg_7:20

Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” This is precisely what all Christians must do. First, you must shine; break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine. Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus. Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified. Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears. Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” God must do it, it is his own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used-”The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in his name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign for ever and ever.

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Psalm 51:6

“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”

God wants nothing less than complete honesty from us.  He who comes to God with the acknowledgement of his sin comes in truth▬a sinner saved by grace.  His grace requires nothing more than truth from the truly repentant. 

A sincere heart is not a perfect heart, a holy heart or even one dedicated to service▬it is a heart willing to reveal itself just as it is and nothing more. 

You need not be afraid of shocking God.  There is nothing about you He does not already know.  Even the hairs of your head are numbered. 

Be honest with God.  He who searches the hearts of men will never withhold His grace and mercy from you.

*Breakthrough Covenant Devotional, Rod  Parsley

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