Judges 8:33-34 Forgetting What God Did
No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33-34
When things are going well, it is easy for people to forget who helped them get to that point. People are quick to push out of their memories the struggles and battles they had been in time of prosperity.
Instead, they worship ideas and things that they believe helped them become successful, rather than the truth.
Sometime after Gideon had freed the Israelites from captivity he had died. Immediately upon his death the Israelites began to worship the false God of Baal and forget that God had rescued them from their enemies.
God works many times behind the scenes in the life of a believer, rescuing him from troubles and the enemy. At points things look horrible with no possible chance of good to come from it, then suddenly everything turns around for good. That is when God had worked in one’s life.
Many believers are quick to forget or ignore what God had done in their life. They turn back to the world and sinful ways of living, rather than growing closer to God and serving Him more. They feel that it was the things of the world or pure luck that rescued them, rather than God.
God has done many different things for the individual believer. He has forgiven, healed, provided for, rescued, guided, protected and much more. One must never forget these things and go back to the sinful ways of the world, thinking the world, self or good luck did these things.
Only God is to be worshipped and served.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will remember what God has done in your life; that you only worship and serve God; and that you will trust God with your whole life.
Numbers 10:9 Sound The Trumpet
When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. Numbers 10:9
Throughout early history trumpets were often sounded to show victory or great honor. As battles were being fought, trumpets would sound off to encourage the soldiers to go forward and win.
Outside of times of battle, when a king or some high official entered an area, trumpets would be sounded to alert everyone of who was coming and give honor.
God told the Israelites to sound the trumpets when they went into battle against an enemy. As they did that God would hear, remember them and rescue them.
Hearing trumpet blasts is a rare thing in society today. Trumpets are typically heard only during concerts and very few can play them.
Nearly everyday believers have to go into battle against the enemy. Some days it is a physical enemy, but most often it is a spiritual enemy. Even though most do not have a trumpet, nor can play one, a trumpet sound needs to be blasted as they go into battle.
The trumpet sound that a believer can sound off is with their voice. Shouts of praise and victory can arise from the heart and voice of the believer as he goes into battle, knowing that God can give him the victory. It alerts other believers around him of the battle, and it alerts the enemy of God’s presence. It gives encouragement and strength knowing God will bring about a great victory.
God is always ready and willing to rescue one in a battle against his soul. Trumpet sounds of praise give God the honor and strength to move forward with the rescue.
You will have times in which you must go into battle against the enemy. Temptations and persecution will arise in your life to attempt to break you down and destroy you.
Do not give in to fear of the enemy or the temptation, but shout trumpets of praise to God. Let the enemy know who is on your side and allow God to gain the victory over the enemy in your life. He is ready, willing and able to rescue you from the enemy of your soul.
Will you sound the trumpet of victory today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the victory you have in Jesus; that you will shout praises of victory to God; that you will see God rescue you from the hands of the enemy; and that God would defeat the enemies in your life.
November 29, 2021 Verse Of The Day
Colossians 1:13 Rescued From One Kingdom For Another
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13
Throughout the earth and time there have been many different kingdoms. Some have been filled with joy and happiness, while others were filled with destruction and sorrow.
Those who have lived in oppressive kingdoms or nations, have always desired to get out of them. Most people want joy and happiness in their lives. Yet, many do not even realize that they are living in an oppressive state, because that is all they have ever known.
Paul opens his letter to the Colossians telling them that he and they have been rescued from a dominion of darkness. They were brought into the kingdom of Jesus.
When a person lives in darkness his entire life, he does not know what light is. He has no understanding of what he is missing out on, because he has never seen it.
Once a person gets a taste of true freedom and life, he wants to get away from the dark bondage and death that he is in. Yet, many do not know how to escape the darkness and death.
The majority in the world are living in this darkness of self and sin and do not know it. Some have seen the light of Jesus and been rescued from it.
Every believer in Jesus has been rescued and now lives in a new kingdom, one of light, love and life. There is a joy and a peace that the world cannot understand or enjoy, because they live in a different kingdom, one of darkness and oppression.
Believers must realize where they have been rescued from and what they are now living in. Along with being a new creation, every believer is now a new citizen of a new kingdom.
As a believer, you have also been rescued from the dark kingdoms of this world. You have been forgiven and released from the bondage of sin and death in order to live life for God.
Do not allow yourself to go back into the darkness of the old kingdom, but stay in God’s kingdom. Live and walk in the light of Jesus everywhere you go while here on this earth.
There is an eternal kingdom waiting for you to step into, as long as you continue to walk in that kingdom on earth.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the kingdom of God in your life; that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be the light of Jesus to this dark world; and that you will reach out to help bring others out of the darkness into God’s kingdom.