Wherever Jesus is given access, He will take dominion. Eyes will be opened. Deaf ears will hear. Addictions are broken. His kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Darkness must flee. Satan’s lies must be silenced. This is why He came, so that all people would have life today, tomorrow and forever. Lord, we give you access to every part of us today. Let your Spirit work in your people to the measure of Eph. 3:20. Amen!
We see that Gideon, undoubtedly, encountered the Lord. The Lord’s hand was with Gideon and, as Pastor Sharon put it yesterday, the Lord made Him a powerhouse! Today we see that Gideon and his army are still “owning”. (The word of the day is owning or ownin’: To win or triumph over...example: “I played go fish last night and I was totally ownin’! ”) Haha Gideon and the crew were ownin’ some Midianites. They were slayin’ them left and right, chasing them to the point of physical exhaustion. It’s fun to be on the winning team. It’s awesome that while your weak, God enables you to stand, march and fight.
We see that Gideon demonstrated “great” leadership ability on the battlefield but not in his home.
We read that Gideon had 70 sons from his many wives...I think it was about time Gideon found himself a hobby. Like golf or something... You wonder what their dinner table looked like or how big their fridge had to be to feed all those boys. Ain’t nobody got time to remember all them boys names either... Nonetheless Gideon thought the battle was over and didn’t see the point in raising up a generation of Gideon’s after him. It’s because of this we get the “pleasure” of reading how Abimelech, Gideon’s son from his concubine, killed all but 1 brother on the same stone. The rest of the story is Abimelech’s sin finding him out and the city that embraces him as their “leader” is punished as well.
So what is the moral of the story? We live in a culture that likes to cast the blame on everybody else. “I turned out this way because of my parents...”, “Our son was born evil...” “The devil made me do it.” The truth is, we are responsible for our own actions and God holds us accountable for them. Shechem could of said no to Abimelech but they didn’t. Abimelech could’ve resisted the temptation but his love for greed, fame and power overruled it. As a father, God holds Gideon to high standard as the protector, provider, priest and prophet of his home. Although Gideon was a mighty man of valor on the battlefield I believe God was calling him to be that in his home as well. Although kids will rebel and resist the wise and godly counsel of their father, the father must make every effort to “train up his children in the way they should go...”
God doesn’t want just part of you. He want’s all of you! When He is given access to every part of your life it affects the way you live, the way you work, the way you raise your family, the way you treat your parents, the way you treat people... A true, genuine relationship with Jesus changes the way we do everything. He changes everything. Jesus says he will give us a “new heart” and “renew our minds”. When we are His He makes us NEW CREATIONS. Gideon saw a need to submit to God’s instruction in some areas of his life (his war strategy) but not in all areas (his home life). Jesus must take authority in every part of our lives, not just the parts we want Him to have. Wherever we give Jesus access, His freedom, His power and fruits (Gal. 5:22,23) will be seen and take dominion in our lives, In our thoughts, our actions, our words and our legacy.
Lord, today, we give you full access in our lives. Invade every part of us and let your Spirit change us from the inside out, Amen!