Devotional: ‘God Helps Us to Persevere’

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Try to imagine what it would have been like to have been a Pilgrim. The New World lay 3,000 miles on the other side of the ocean and a voyage there would take at least two months. The vessel they traveled in was a cargo ship used to transport merchandise and not people. The crew was made up of rough sailors, who at the beginning of the voyage, despised the Pilgrims. In addition to this, they would encounter severe storms out on the ocean as well as the possibility of pirates. It was an adventure that not many of us would want to take. Yet on August 5, 1620, a group of God-fearing people left their homes in Europe and set sail for the New World.

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Devotional: ‘Who Were the Pilgrims?’

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“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul…”  (1 Peter 2:11)

Most of us associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims. History tells us that our forefathers gathered with their Native American friends during the fall of 1621 and enjoyed a feast of friendship and thanksgiving. What many of us may not realize is all that took place before that day of thankfulness occurred.

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Devotional: ‘The Importance of Being Thankful’

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This week we celebrate one of my most favorite holidays. I know that Christmas is important and so is Easter, but there is something about the warmth and simplicity of Thanksgiving that appeals to me.

It is important for us to be thankful. We read from S

Scripture – “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High…” (Psalm 92:1) Why is it a good thing to be thankful?

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Devotional: ‘Our Strength and Ability Comes from God’ 

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As we bring this week’s study to a close, I want us to take one more look at Gideon’s plan. Wednesday we looked at its simplicity and yesterday we considered its strategy. Today I want us to see its strength.

Judges 7:19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.

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Devotional: ‘Simple, Strange, but Strategic’   

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We do not always understand what God is doing. Sometimes, what God guides us to do seems too simple or maybe even strange. But if it is God’s plan, it will always work. 

Judges 7:16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ ” 19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.

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Devotional: ‘When God Chooses to Use Simple Things’  

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Judges 7:16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ ”

Gideon was to take the three hundred men and strategically place them around the Midianite camp. Each man had with him a trumpet which was probably a ram’s horn, an empty pitcher, and a torch. The torches were to be concealed inside of the empty pitchers until it was time for the battle. Once everyone was in place, Gideon and his men would blow their trumpets and break their clay jars, thus exposing their lights. Afterward, they cried, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ Did the plan work?

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Devotional: ‘Be Strong! Be Brave! Be Courageous!’  

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There is something amazing about both faith and fear: they are both contagious. God told Gideon to let all those who were afraid to return to their homes and twenty-two thousand of his men left. The reason God told Gideon to let these men go was because fear is contagious. We read from the book of Deuteronomy – “What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.” (Deuteronomy 20:8) Notice that God said a fearful man would cause the hearts of his brethren to be fearful as well.

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Devotional: ‘God the Encourager’   

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2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

When I consider the majesty and glory of God, I am amazed that He is also an encourager. The word Paul used for ‘comfort’ refers to someone who comes along by our side to encourage and help us. It is the same word Jesus used when He spoke of the Holy Spirit. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 KJV) The ESV refers to the Holy Spirit as ‘the Helper.’ The CSB calls Him ‘the Counselor.’ God sent His Holy Spirit to be with us so that He might encourage and help us along the way.

Consider how God sought to encourage His servant Gideon.

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Devotional: ‘Full of Faith and Courage’

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He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” (Judges 7:15)

I am someone who marks and underlines in my Bible. Maybe you don’t, but I do. Not only do I write in my Bible, but I also do so in various colors. I use a code with my colors to help me know what a particular verse is saying. For instance, I use blue whenever there is something that pertains to our future in heaven. I use purple when it pertains to God. I use red when there is danger or sin, and I use green when we are called to action. When I underlined this particular verse in my Bible, I used three different colors. 

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Devotional: ‘Gideon Worshipped the Lord’

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Every believer knows that worshipping God is very important. The Bible says,

Psalm 96:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 4 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. 7 Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. 9 Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.

Consider the worship of Gideon.

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