The Bible reading led us into Judges this weekend. The story of Gideon is great. I LOVE how the Lord calls him a ‘great warrior’ just before he complained of being the least in his family and his clan being the weakest in Manasseh. Isnt that just like our Lord? To call you something that you arent yet? He sees the potential in all of us, so much so, that that is ALL He sees! We see weakness. He says, in your weakness I am made strong. Hallelujah!
If that doesn’t get you fired up, your wood is wet. (I dont think Bro Joel has that copy-righted just yet)
I was thinking about the old testament this weekend, how we read every few pages, or, every few generations, someone rise up with passion and zeal for our Lord and destroy the high places, purge out the idolatry, do something drastic in the name of the Lord. But then you turn the page, and we’re back to it again. Worshiping other Gods, forgetting what He did for us. Man can only do so much. Man can clear the idols out, the Baal altars, the Asherah poles, but man cannot change the hearts that desired them in the first place. Thats why Jesus had to come. I got this thought on Easter Sunday morning and just got completely beside myself with it. Jesus had to come to change our hearts, to help us see, and desire the things that are good. Man could only fix things temporarily, it was a band-aid. Jesus was the cure. He came so we might have life and have it more abundantly. Praise Him forever- if nothing else. We should be able to praise Him just for that! He came to cure our hearts.
Mat 15:18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Mat 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Mat 15:20 These are what defile a person….
He came to fix that.