Monday, September 24, 2012

Every Man In Place


Judges 7: 21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

 This is a descriptive account of Gideon’s victory over the Midianites, every man stood in his place and did what he was suppose to do.  Gideon put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. Then: Judges 7:17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.  18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.  The army of The Lord and Gideon achieved a great victory that day because every man (person) was in their place and did what they were supposed to do.

What is the moral of this for us today?   Could it be that there are great victories to be achieved when every child of God is in their place and doing what the Lord would have them to do?
I believe the victories can be personal, for families and churches.  Many are defeated because they are not in place for service to the Master.

Many Churches have weakness because there are members who have professed a Love for Christ and His Church that are not in his or her place when the Church meets. Many of these individuals expect God to be there for them when they NEED Him.  I’m afraid that they may be in for a rude awakening when the need occurs.
Consider these verses: Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?  47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.  49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. 
In Matthew 7:24 the man that built on the rock was said to be a wise man.

The Lord’s will is for His People to be in His Church when it meets. It is His will for the child of God to stand steadfast in the righteous living and to be an example to others.
Are you standing in your place?    IF not, will you take your place in the Lord’s Service?

By His Grace,
Brother Edward



From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God “– Psalm 90:2
          It is hard for us as mere humans to grasp the fact of eternity or one that is eternal. Everything we know has a beginning and an end. Nations rise and fall, businesses are established and then close.  People are born and die regardless of position or of prominence. We are seeing many changes in our nation things we were told were permanent are falling by the wayside.  Fear could consume us if it were not for the fact that the eternal God still reigns over His creation and the affairs of man. We are such self-centered and existentially focused creatures, it is hard for some to realize the fact that their parents were once teenagers or newlyweds, that there was a time when they did not even exist, or especially that there have been hundreds or thousands of generations that have lived before and that will live after us, if Christ does not return first.
But there is One who lives today who was present when World War II ended in 1945 and by His grace America was victorious. The same One witnessed the Constitutional Convention in 1787, who was present at the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus Christ, who observed Moses as he led the children of Israel through the Red Sea, who talked with Adam in the Garden of Eden, the one who spoke and the earth was created all that we see came into being and who existed in perfect satisfaction before He created the earth.

God is eternal. He has always existed and always will exist. He predates and will last longer than time. He has no beginning and no end. But the psalmist reminds us of a truth more impressive still: not only has God always existed but He has always existed as God. He did not have to work His way up to the position or earn the right to be God. He has always been, and will always be, God.
The great comfort of this truth is that God will not only still be here when we grow old and then face death—or when our children grow old and face death—but He will also still be God. His power, His dominion, His wisdom, His love, His goodness, His promises will not be diminished in any way by time or circumstances or world events.
          What a great encouragement to our faith, to know that we believe and trust a God Who is eternally God—from everlasting, to everlasting He is God.  Knowing this also that He is God and He or His promises are not subject to change.  “For I am the LORD, I change not; (Malachi 3:6a)

“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; ( Psalms 31:1a)
By His Grace.
Brother Edward