The Greater Purpose of the Impossible

What if the trial you are going through right now is your training ground to be a mighty warrior? What if what you are going through is teaching you to hear the voice of your Commanding Officer? What if your desperation is the very situation that is intended to cause you to cry out to God for an answer, a sign, so that He can show you He is with you?

Would you respond differently knowing that your impossible situation is actually intended to change you from who you are today into the mighty warrior God calls you to be?

What if the greater purpose of your difficulty is that God wants to show you that He is the God of the impossible so that you will be forever changed?

God doesn’t intend for you to stay as you are.

God calls you to be a mighty warrior for the Kingdom of God!

Gideon took his fleece in his hands and rung out a bowl full of water while the ground around him was dry. He took up a dry fleece when the ground around him was wet. He saw and he touched the supernatural signs from God. He experienced the answers to his prayers in real, tangible ways. His true couldn’t understand it. He couldn’t explain it with human reasoning.

God heard Gideon’s prayer.

God answered Gideon’s prayer.

God showed Gideon that He was with him.

Isn’t this what we really want to know, that God hears us, that God answers us, and that God is with us?

Every time we realize that God hears us…

Every time we see God’s answers to our prayers…

Every time we see evidence that God is with us…

We are changed, we are never the same!

Gideon was going through training…being changed… being prepared as a mighty warrior.

“And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.” Judges 7:2-3 

“What?” 

“God, did You just say what I thought You said?”

“I was afraid when I was in my winepress. I was afraid when I tore down the false gods. I’m still afraid, yet I’m suppose to tell all these soldiers who are afraid to go home? Can I go with them?”

Fear was being eliminated.

Fear has no place in the impossible.

Fear weakens

Fear paralyzes

Mighty warriors have no fear!

What was Gideon thinking when he saw two-thirds of his army get up and leave? Gideon’s army was already so much smaller than their enemy’s army.

“God, isn’t it better to have twenty-two thousand soldiers who are afraid than to be left with just ten-thousand soldiers?”

Gideon was facing scarcity once again!

What do you do when the people you are trusting in suddenly get up and leave? What do you do when your recourses suddenly come to an end? What do you do when you are trusting for full, but you only see empty?

This is when you need to hold onto the Words of Truth, the Promises of God.

“The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

“Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

“Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

This is when you need to remember the night when you pushed through your fear and tore down your father’s false gods.

You need to remember building the altar to God on top of the rock, the aroma of the burnt offering, and bowing down in worship.

You need to remember the water running through your fingers as you wrung out the wet fleece over dry ground.

Gideon was being changed. God was stripping him of himself…his fear, his trust in himself, his own understanding…

Though the remaining soldiers had no fear, there were still too many, God wanted less.

“But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” Judges 7:4-7

God is relentless to fulfill His Greater Purpose

He was creating such an impossible situation it would clearly not come from human might, human power, but from God alone!

God had another requirement of the mighty warriors who would fight this battle. He tested them by how they drank water.

Those who got down on their hands and knees and turned their backs to their surroundings and their eyes to the water, those God told Gideon to send home.

But those who reached down and brought the water up to their mouths with their eyes still alert to what was going on around them, those God chose.

Mighty warriors stay attentive to their surroundings, always alert and ready. 

Three hundred courageous soldiers,

alert soldiers,

mighty warriors,

Impossible!

Why is it that we often think when we are obedient to God, when we are following in His ways, everything will go smoothly? That it will make sense? Gideon heard God’s voice, it wasn’t going smoothly. He was obedient to what God told him to do. It certainly didn’t make sense.

Yet, there he was sitting with his army of three hundred, the army God gave him, fully in the will of God!

While across from him…

“Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.” Judges 7:12

Impossible!

Yet, the man who was sitting there on the hill surrounded by his three hundred mighty warriors was becoming more and more the mighty warrior God saw him as. He was becoming a different man than the one who was in the winepress just days before.

Truth was replacing true

Faith was replacing fear

Hope was replacing discouragement

Humility was replacing insecurity

Gideon’s thinking was lining up with God’s will, his beliefs were giving him new direction, greater purpose!

Sometimes all you have left to hold unto, all you have to trust in, and all you have to believe in…

are the Promises of God.

Just ask Abraham, Job, Lazarus, Paul…

Impossible situations come to everyone in one form or another. But rather than be offended and turn your back on God, or begin to strive in your own ability, choose to believe that there is a Greater Purpose than you could ever imagine.

Choose to see your impossible situation as an opportunity for God to show His glory!

Choose to seek Him and to listen to all He has to show you. There may be something you need to “die to,” something you need to sacrifice to God. Perhaps there are some “false gods” that need to be cut down. Maybe your “army” will be whittled down beyond all possibility. You may find yourself surrounded by your enemies. But, remember, these stories in the Bible aren’t just nice bedtime stories. They are true accounts of people just like you and me who have found themselves in similar situations. They bring hope where there is no hope and they reveal the love and power of God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

So, mighty warrior, it’s time to trust God with your impossible situation so that God can display His glory so all will see how Great is our God!

 

 

 

 

 

“Prove it to me”

Gideon was learning to fear the Lord and to listen to God’s voice of truth instead of fearing the oppression of his enemies.

Gideon was learning to trust in the Lord, and to not lean on his own understanding.

He was learning to surrender his scarcity as a sacrifice to God.

He was gaining courage as he cut down his father’s idols and restored worship of the One True God.

Gideon was being prepared to be the “mighty warrior” God called him to be. His true was beginning to line up with the truth of God.

When the enemies joined together against the Israelites and they began to move into battle position the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power and he blew the ram’s horn as a call to arms. He sent messengers to summon all the warriors to gather.

Has this ever happened to you? The dream, the desire, God put in your heart begins to unfold, begins to be set in motion. You see what needs to be done and you begin to move out in obedience as the Holy Spirit gives you power. But then, the reality of what you are being called to sets in. You begin to see the difficulties surrounding you, you begin to feel overwhelmed, and all of a sudden you doubt whether or not you actually heard the call of God.

“Did God really say?”

“Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.” Judges 6:36-40

“If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me…”

Gideon was moving out into God’s calling, but when he saw the armies of his enemies lining the hills across the valley and he saw the much smaller number of Israelite warriors gathering; fear, scarcity, and insecurity came upon him. He saw his situation through his eyes, through his true.

Gideon needed to know there was a greater truth than what he knew to be true.

For Gideon to trust God and to walk out in the calling God had for him, he needed to see evidence of God’s power.

So Gideon came up with a prayer that asked God to do something that was beyond his true to prove God’s truth.

When God asks something of us; whether it is to obey His commands, to trust His ways, or to follow a calling in our lives, it seems we often try to figure it out on our own. If it doesn’t make sense, doesn’t line up with how we feel, or just seems way too hard we begin to justify or reason it away.

How often do we listen to our true and allow our own understanding to keep us from obeying God? It is amazing how we can come up with good sounding reasons as to why we just can’t follow through with what God asked us to do. Often our reasoning causes us to think our own understanding is better, safer, but it is relying on our own ways that keep us in the winepress. It may seem to make sense and it may feel safer than following the calling of God, but we will remain in our fears, scarcity, and insecurity and never experience the thrill of victory God had in store for us as His mighty warrior!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s ways don’t make sense, they won’t line up with how we feel, and they are beyond what we can do on our own.

Though God is so much greater, and way beyond us, He understands us. He knows that we struggle with fear. He knows that the enemy can look overwhelming and that we would rather stay hidden away in the winepress.

But since God made us He knows what is best for us. He knows it is for our good to face our fears so that we learn to fear Him and not the things of this world. He knows it will go better for us when we trust in Him and not to lean on our own understanding. He wants for us to surrender our inabilities so He can empower us to do greater things so others will see it is Him working through us.

God was patient and kind towards Gideon and He is the same with us. Some are hard on Gideon. Some think we shouldn’t ask God for signs today. I don’t know about you, but I have put out fleeces and I have asked God for signs.

I believe it is the heart behind the asking.

The motive in wanting God to prove what He wants us to do. 

There are times when I truly don’t know what to do. When I don’t know in my own understanding which is the best choice. I only see in the present, I only know what is my true. I can’t see ahead and I don’t know which choice will be the right one for the future. Because God sees the big picture, because He knows what is best for me and for everyone involved, I need to know what He wants me to choose. I need to know His truth that is greater than my true.

I asked God for a sign years ago concerning homeschooling our boys. I had an intense desire that I needed to know, “Was it of me or was it from God?”

I believed I heard God calling me to homeschool, but when I began to look into it I became overwhelmed. The fears began to circle around me…

What is the right curriculum?

How can I teach when I’ve never taught before?

Will the boys really learn anything?

Surrounded by these fears, these questions, these unknowns…

they became larger than what I had to offer.

I tried to figure it out in my own understanding.

This was when I had a choice to either;

believe in my true and allow the fears of the unknown to overwhelm me, stay in my winepress, and never experience what God seemed to be calling me to,

or…

ask God to prove Himself, to show me His truth.

Thankfully I chose to ask God.

I was praying about homeschooling and I was desperate  to hear a word from God. I chose the fleece that I’m sure many of you have done… pray, open the Bible, and read the first verse you see. This was the verse I opened to and the first verse I read…

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13

As soon as I read this verse God confirmed it with a cardinal sitting on a branch right outside my window. I knew in my spirit at that moment that God had just lead me to His truth.

His truth dispelled my true. 

Since the Lord promised He would teach my boys I could trust Him to lead me to the right curriculum.

With God’s promise to teach my boys I believed He would empower me by His Spirit to do something I had never done.

These words of truth reminded me that God loved my boys more than I ever could. He knew what was best for them and He would provide all their life lessons.

This one verse of God’s truth, confirmed by the presence of the cardinal, gave me courage to come out of my winepress, carried me through all our years of homeschooling, and still encourages me as I see how God continues to teach my children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created to Worship God Alone!

“That night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.” Judges 6:25-26

What God tells Gideon to do here is something that I believe many people tend to ignore. Whether it is because of fear or because of deception, we expect that because we have had an encounter with God during a difficult situation, that we are free from our “whinepress” and ready to move into doing great and mighty things for Him.

But there was a “reason” Gideon was in the winepress; there was an evil the Israelites had done, and God loved His people too much to allow their evil to continue.

“The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years.” Judges 6:1

What was the evil that brought the oppression, the fear, and the scarcity upon them?

When they finally cried out to God, He sent this reminder to them…

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. “I told you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.” Judges 6:8-10

The truth was that God brought them out of slavery. God rescued them from their enemies. God drove out their enemies of the land He gave them. He was the Lord, their God.

While the Israelites thought that God had abandoned them and left them at the mercy of their enemies…

It was actually the Israelites that turned from God and went their own way. 

They exchanged their worship of God for the worship of the false gods of the people around them.

This was the evil that brought oppression of the enemy.

Before they could gain victory and freedom from their enemies they needed to turn from their false gods, and return to their worship of God alone.

False gods need to be cast down.

True worship needs to be restored.

I’m reminded of David, the man after God’s own heart, the worshipper of all worshippers when he prayed…

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24

The “reasons” we find ourselves in a “whinepress” and the things that the Lord points out that offend Him need to be cast down and confessed before we can walk fully in the freedom and the anointing God calls us to.

And that “reason,” or the things that offend God aren’t things that a friend, a web sight, or an expert can give an answer to.

It is a spiritual issue.

It is a matter of the heart.

It is a matter of worship.

When God comes into our “whinepress” we are comforted by His presence, and we are encouraged by His words of truth. Feeling relieved, we think we are fine, climb out of our “whinepress,” and go on with our lives. Our difficulty may have been relieved, but that “reason” we were in the “whinepress” to begin with, that “spiritual issue” God wanted to speak into, remains.   It’s only a matter of time that we find ourselves right back in the same “whinepress.”

“God, why am I going through this again!”

“I thought You set me free from this!”

We can go around this cycle for a long time without understanding there is something we need to do to break it.

We need to tear down our idols!

We need to restore our worship of God!

God is a jealous God and He won’t share His glory.

God demands all our praise, all our worship!

Pride is at the root of all sin. Pride was the evil that was in found in Lucifer, the angel of light. Lucifer was created to worship God, but his beauty and success caused pride to rise up within him and he no longer wanted to worship God, but to be worshipped.

He wanted to be “like God.”

As the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Satan said to Eve, “You will be like God.”

Pride is Satan’s trademark; his number one strategy to rob, kill, and destroy our worship of God.

Pride keeps idolatry alive in hearts. It is what turns our hearts away from worshipping God and puts self on the throne. We often think the idols of today are in the form of possessions and positions, but it is the idol of self that is at the very core.

When self is on the throne I live independent of God.

I make my own decisions.

I trust in my own understanding.

I solve my own problems.

I strive for praise.

I am motivated by others.

I am defined by others.

It’s all about me!

I am “like God.”

No wonder the middle letter in sin is “I”

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17

Gideon was afraid to cut down the false gods; the  sacred objects of worship, that had been honored and reverenced for generations. What would the people think? What would happen to him?

It is hard to “cut down” the mindsets of pride. They become habits, they become comfortable. The worship of self pleases the flesh and conforms with the ways of the world.

But praise God, I have a Heavenly Father who is for me and who comes to me when I cry out to Him, who loves me too much to leave me striving in my “whinepress.” I have a Good Father who searches my heart and shows me the things that I need to confess, the idols I need to tear down. I have a Mighty Savior who has dealt my pride a death blow on the cross, and by His blood I am forgiven and cleansed of all my sin. I have the Prince of Peace who is always praying for me who has restored my worship of God alone. And I have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of me that empowers me to live in the victory and freedom God has created me for.

I have been created to worship God, and God alone!!

Consumed by Fire

Gideon wanted to know for sure that the one who was standing in front of him was really an angel of the Lord. He wanted to be sure of the source of the words that were being spoken to him. So he decided to bring an offering, a meal, as a sacrifice. Gideon hurried home, killed and cooked a young goat, baked bread, packed it all in a basket, and brought it back to the angel of the Lord.

The meal Gideon prepared for the angel of the Lord was an offering, a sacrifice. The Midianites had stripped their land and reduced the Israelites to starvation.

This young goat and the baked bread weren’t from abundance, but from scarcity. It was food that Gideon needed for his own survival, food his flesh hungered for. Yet, this was the very thing Gideon chose to sacrifice to know for sure the truth, to discern the voice of God, the God of his ancestors.

When the angel touched the meat and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed the meal Gideon prepared, he was overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord, afraid he would die because he had seen an angel face to face.

God had Gideon’s full attention!

Gideon now believed it was really God who was speaking to him. And so God spoke to Gideon from heaven and reassured him that he wouldn’t die. God’s words brought comfort and hope to Gideon.

The God Gideon heard about from his fathers, the Almighty God who brought his people out of Egypt with signs and miracles, was now talking to him!

The God Gideon thought had forsaken him, the God he doubted even cared about him, was actually speaking to him! To him, the least of the least. God was speaking to him, personally, face to face!

An offering out of scarcity will bring immense revelation and produce a great harvest!

Gideon was undone!

He was brought to his knees!

He was moved to worship!

Gideon built an altar to the Lord and named it Yahweh-Shalom, which means…

“The Lord is Peace.”

Gideon, who hours before was alone, and afraid in his “whinepress” from the oppression of his enemies and striving to satisfy his needs, was now bowing down before the Lord of Peace!

Gideon’s circumstances didn’t change immediately. It was still true that his enemies were oppressing him. He was still without food. He was still of the weakest clan, and the least in his family, but

The fire of God consumed Gideon’s sacrifice…

It consumed Gideon’s fear.

It consumed his striving.

It consumed his insecurity.

Gideon’s true was exchanged with God’s truth…

God was with him!

God talked to him!

God was for him!

Gideon was set free!

Gideon had a new perspective!

We can draw confidence from Gideon to bring our fears, striving, insecurities, and our true, to God as a sacrifice, and allow His Fire to consume all that is not of Him.

As we have just celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus I’m reminded that we have an advantage that Gideon didn’t have…we live on this side of the Cross!

God sent His Son, Jesus, as the Perfect Sacrifice!

Jesus’ love for you demonstrated by surrendering His will to the will of His Father was the ultimate sacrifice! Jesus’ death on the cross consumed all the scarcity the enemy brought into your life because of sin. The shed blood of Jesus paid the price for all the fear, striving, and insecurities that sent you into hiding. Your cloak of guilt and shame has been removed, and you have been wrapped in a robe of righteousness!

This is the truth! – The resurrection of Jesus brought you freedom, victory, and everlasting life!   

As a beloved child of God, you are not meant to thresh wheat in a “whinepress.”

As a beloved child of God you’re not meant to hide in  fear, live in scarcity, or feel insecure. 

So if your true finds you there…remember the truth…

God’s love for you is unconditional and it compels Him to come to you even while in your “whinepress,” bringing words of comfort, peace, and hope.

God comes with a personal word just for you. He wants to talk with you to let you know that He is with you, that He loves you, and that He is for you!

So, get up out of your “winepress,” and prepare Him a sacrifice…

When you choose to offer God a sacrifice out of your scarcity He will consume it with His consuming Fire.

He will consume your true that says, “God has forsaken me.” “If God was with me, He would answer my prayer.”

He will consume your true that says, “I don’t have enough.” “I need to take care of myself.”

He will consume your true that says, “I”m not worth anything.” “I’m not good enough.”

No matter what your true is, God wants you to offer it to Him as a sacrifice and allow Him to consume it and to replace it with His truth…

“For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus is the Way out of your “Whinepress”

I find it encouraging that God didn’t expect Gideon to get his act together before He called him out of his “whinepress.” God met him right where he was.

Though Gideon may have forgotten God, God hadn’t forgotten him.

God’s heart has always been to Rescue and to Save! 

As we celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday this week I find there are some similarities between Gideon’s encounter with the angel of God, and the encounter of Jesus with all man-kind.

When God came and spoke to Gideon He didn’t consider what was true in Gideon’s life. He looked past the true and focused on the truth.

God wasn’t moved by Gideon’s past. His sin and rebellion didn’t disqualify Gideon from having an encounter with God.

God didn’t discuss Gideon’s present fear or question why he was threshing wheat in a winepress.

God looked past Gideon’s insecurity and the reasons why he thought he couldn’t be the one God should choose to save His people.

Gideon and the Israelites were at the mercy of their enemies with no hope.

It was their cry for help that moved the heart of God to come to them.

God sent His angel…

God chose a man…

Gideon was chosen to rescue God’s people from the oppression of their enemies. He was chosen to bring victory and salvation to many. But the victory that was won through Gideon and the salvation it accomplished lasted only for that generation.

Man-kind needed a permanent solution. It needed a Rescuer and a Savior that would be for all people, and last for all generations.

God sent His Son…

God chose all mankind…

As God sent His angel to encounter Gideon, God sent His Son, Jesus, to have an encounter here on earth so that all His creation may be moved from our past, out of our present, and into the destiny God has created us for!

Jesus’ encounter here on earth changed everything!

The fear, scarcity, and insecurity that the enemy meant for harm has been dealt a death blow.

Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life has come into our true, and has made a way out of our “whinepress.”

God sent Jesus as your Rescuer, your Savior!!

God has chosen you…

So I encourage you to consider…

What is true of you?

  • Maybe your true is that you have never entered into a relationship with God through belief in His Son, Jesus. If you have never received the forgiveness God has provided through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus you are living separated from God by your sin and rebellion, oppressed by the enemy of your soul.

This true; the fear, scarcity, and insecurity that sin and rebellion bring are intended to be the the very things that bring you to the end of yourself. They are the very things intended to break you, humble you, and bring you to your knees. These are the things intended for you to cry out to God for rescue and salvation! When you cry out to God, admit your sin, ask for His forgiveness through the blood of His Son, Jesus, and embrace the truth, you begin living forever in relationship with your Heavenly Father!

  • Maybe your true is that you are a child of God. You have  a relationship with God through belief in Jesus and all He accomplished on the cross, but you have allowed those things that are true in your life to trump the truth of God.

What has happened to cause your true to say that God doesn’t care about you?

Who has disappointed you so that your true says that God can’t be trusted?

What unanswered prayer tells you that God doesn’t answer when you cry out to Him?

When weren’t your needs met so that your true has caused you to take things into your own hands?

Who have you allowed to define who you are so that your true says you aren’t valuable, worthy, loved by God?

We have a choice of what we will do with those things that are true of us. We can’t avoid the true that comes from difficult situations. We will all experience the true of disappointment from the broken promises of others. Not all of our prayers will be answered in the way and the time we expect. While God promises to supply all our needs, there are times He will stretch our faith as we learn the true of waiting on Him. We are all surrounded by those, who because of their own hurts, insecurities, and jealousies will label us with words that aren’t according to the way God sees us and how He loves us.

Jesus couldn’t avoid the true in his life.

Jesus knew the true that was about to happen to Him; the whipping, the scourging, and the death on a cross caused Him to cry out three times to His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The true caused Jesus to sweat drops of blood as He pleaded the cup be taken from Him.

But it was the truth that enabled Jesus to say, “Not My will, but Your’s be done.” It was the truth that enabled Jesus to look beyond His true, and see the pleasure and the joy it would bring His Heavenly Father and all His creation!

And it is God’s truth that will enable you to move beyond your true, surrender your will, and bring you out of your “whinepress” into the destiny God has called you to.

As you celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday this week remember that…

Jesus understands the anticipation and the agony of the true

He knows the pain of dying to self and the surrender of His will in the Garden of Gethsemane,

but, He also remembers the truth, the joy set before Him, that enabled Him to endure the true,

and as He sits at the right hand of God, He is interceding for you, asking the Father that your faith won’t fail and that you will boldly and courageously live out the destiny He has created you for!

“O Mighty Warrior! The Lord is with you! Come out of your “whinepress” for I am sending you to rescue and to save!”

The Story of the Passion Play…

This time of year, celebrating Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday, I’m reminded of a time when I heard the Lord speak something to me. It was in December right after we held the Living Nativity. I heard the Lord say, “That was the beginning of My story, now I want you to complete it with a Passion Play.” I was like Gideon with all kinds of reasons and things that were true to me of why I could ‘t do that. I had no idea of where to begin. The Nativity Story is relatively easy, but the Passion is a whole different Story! But, God wouldn’t let it go. The Holy Spirit kept prompting me till I finally agreed to lay aside my fears, my excuses of what was true to me, and trusted that if was of Him He would provide everything needed.

I planned a meeting and invited all my friends who had been part of the Living Nativity, shared this calling of God, and asked them to help with casting a vision. I was so encouraged by their response and enthusiasm to join in this new adventure.

I was amazed and overwhelmed by the specific ways God provided all our needs!

The Holy Spirit guided me as I put together the script which was scripture and songs that were so fitting.

All the acting parts were filled, including the role as Jesus, a man who just became a leader in the Bible study Mark and I are involved with. The Holy Spirit prompted me one evening at Bible study to ask him if he would consider playing the part of Jesus in a Passion Play. To my amazement he replied that he had played that role before and that, “Yes” he would love to do it!!

My next question of God was, “Where should we have this play?” The Lord took me out to our field and I saw the large flat rock in the middle and began to envision a theater in the round. The rock could serve as the stage with the audience seated all around. I began to become excited. Everything was actually coming together!

Lord, what about props and costumes? These were found in storage at a local church which wasn’t using them that year. We had available to us; chairs, costumes, and even a huge wooden cross!! Along with our horse, used as the donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem, and the tomb which friends built, God provided every thing needed!

But even exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond…every Sunday from February until the beginning of April it was warm and dry so we could have practice outside!

The dream of a Passion Play God put in my heart back in December became a reality because I chose to exchange my true, my fears, scarcity, and insecurities with God’s truth.

I chose to let go of my fears and fear God so that His will would be accomplished.

My friend, as a beloved child of God, you have been created with a destiny that God wants to accomplish through you. Joseph had his pit and prison experiences on his way to the fulfillment of his dream. Gideon had his “whinepress” experience on his way to fulfilling the destiny God had for him. So you too, may be facing fears, scarcity, and insecurity, but don’t allow them to define you. Look into the perfect word of God, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and allow Him to exchange your true with His truth. Let go of your fear, and fear the Lord.

There is nothing God calls you to do that He won’t also equip and provide for you. 

Always remember…

As a beloved child of God…

He sees you as a “Mighty Warrior,” who has the Living God dwelling within you, destined to carry out great victories for His glory! 

The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed!