Who is in Your Boat? 1.1 Gideon's 300

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Who is in Your Boat? 1.1 Gideon's 300

Post  Fenny West on Thu 12 Feb 2009, 12:54 pm

This article under this title is in two parts:
Individual and the corporate
perspectives.




There is power in your association for good or for bad.

When God called Gideon to go and rescue his people, He wanted others to be involved with Gideon in the mission, but not everyone that came forward belonged to Gideon’s boat. 32000 people volunteered initially then they were put to the test. God told him they were too many. Gideon announce; ‘Anyone who is fearful should return.’
22000 returned and yet God said the number was still too much. In other words, ‘these people do not belong to your boat they will cause it to capsize.’
The remaining soldiers were tested again at a river when they became thirsty.
Those who demonstrated the trait of ever-readiness by drinking with one hand and holding their weapon with the other hand, passed the test; and these were just 300! Now imagine 300 facing 300,000 soldiers. They don’t stand a chance in the natural. But God’s ways are not our ways. He would not allow man to take the glory. He was going to fight for His people, and He did..


1 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.
2 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.’ 3 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.
4 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.” 5 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.” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
9 It happened on the same night that the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 12 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.

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.
23 And the men of Israel gathered together from Naphtali, Asher, and all Manasseh, and pursued the Midianites. Judges7:1-12,16-23.

What mission has God given to you? He definitely has people for you. No man is an Island. We belong to each other. But not everyone who volunteers belongs to your boat. You may need to prove some people before you embark on the journey to fulfil the vision with them. Let God give you the wisdom of discernment that You need..


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Re: Who is in Your Boat? 1.1 Gideon's 300

Post  Waqar Daniel on Thu 12 Feb 2009, 4:04 pm

This is really nice study and you are right not everyone belongs to our boat in glorifying Heavenly Father through our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. Many people come our way some are showing themselves as sheep of the Shepherd but majority of them are wolves sent by satan.

I have seen this in my life and I believe what you have written about. I enjoyed this study and I pray that anyone who reads your article must include this in their prayer that God may give them a discerning heart and keep them safe from failure of faith.

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