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. . . "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD
will do amazing things among you."
We are calling on every church member to join our mid-year prayer and fasting. We are taking time to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness, while continuing to believe Him for greater things. Together, let’s keep daring to believe God!
6“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Prepare physically and spiritually for the fast. Visit victory.org.ph/fasting2016 for a study on the importance of fasting, as well as a practical guide for prayer and fasting.
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
17”But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
8“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ . . .”
But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
The centurion was a man of great authority; his very word demanded absolute obedience from the soldiers under him and the servants in his house. He understood that a word becomes a command when the one who speaks it has the authority.
When the centurion met Jesus, he knew he was meeting someone with the greatest authority. He fully understood that Jesus could command with a word, and it would be done. This gave him the audacity to speak the way he did and believe that Jesus could heal with His words, just as easily as with a touch.
Today, Jesus still has the greatest authority in heaven and on earth. And we, as His disciples, can speak words of faith in the authority of His name. Fully understanding the power of His Word will enable us to be audacious in our faith—to see God move, to step out in faith, to see hearts change, and to see miracles happen.
Jesus has the greatest authority in heaven and on earth.
20Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” 21Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran. They cried out and fled.
Gideon was a young, timid man who was threshing wheat when the messenger of the Lord called him to rescue Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. Gideon told the Lord that he was unprepared and unworthy for such a task, but the Lord only confirmed his call. From that moment on, Gideon received the faith to fight and overcome their enemies.
Gideon also faced opposition from his relatives and community. He had to tear down an altar devoted to Baal and an Asherah pole, which he did at night to avoid the fury of the people. Breaking down the altars of idolatry takes audacious faith, especially when this means being unpopular.
Then, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he sounded a trumpet as a call to arms, and the warriors from the tribes of Israel came to him. Further opposition to faith came when God tested and reduced the fighting men from 23,000 to a mere 300. Gideon led 300 men as they attacked an army of 135,000 men armed with swords. He had the faith to fight because he decided to obey God. The unorthodox strategy to use only clay pots, torches, and trumpets in battle paid off because Gideon trusted God for the victory.
When we, as believers, hear and obey the call of God, we can trust that He will also give us the strength to fight. But more than this, we know that He has already given us the victory that can only come through Christ’s finished work on the cross.
Gideon trusted God for the victory.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
After the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, they prepared to conquer the Promised Land, beginning with the city of Jericho. Jericho controlled the way of ascent into the mountains of Canaan. It had powerful, double walls that were roughly 365 by 183 meters in size and about 20 meters high. If the Israelites were to capture the cities of Jericho and Ai, this would put them on top of the hill country and at a vantage point over the remaining territories of Canaan.
God revealed to Joshua the battle plan for the conquest of Jericho. The armed men marched around the city once each day, for six days. The priests carried the ark and blew trumpets, while the soldiers kept silent. On the seventh day, the assembly marched around the walls of Jericho seven times. At Joshua's command, the men shouted as loud as they could, and Jericho's walls collapsed! The Israelite army rushed in and conquered the city. Only Rahab and her family were spared.
From this story, we can learn that the faith to overcome challenges requires knowing and following God’s instructions. We must have faith to hear from God and do what He says, regardless of how unconventional or illogical the instructions may be. Why? Because our God is supernatural, awesome, all knowing, and all-powerful!
The faith to overcome challenges requires knowing and following God’s instructions.
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