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Wet Fleeces

  • Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken. It was so; for he rose up early on the next day, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. Judges 6:36 WEB

    Gideon was now scared and confused. He thought that he had heard from God, so he tore down the altar of baal, and built an altar to God over it during the night. Now the townspeople were mad at him. He had wanted to be obedient, but now things were growing worse and an enemy army was gathering. He became doubtful and scared as he began to see the storm clouds coming.

    When the Lord spoke to Gideon, you can bet one of the next things that ran through his mind was: "I must be making that up.' Gideon had many questions as to whether that was God actually communicating with him. Even after the first fleece test was successful, he wanted a second test to confirm that one.

    When you hear from the Lord, it is normal for the next thought to be like Gideon's, one of doubt. When the word is sown, the enemy comes immediately to snatch it away (Matthew 13:19). Gideon asked the Lord for a confirmation and he used a fleece.

    In my own life, this seemed to work at first when I truly did not know if it was the Lord speaking to me, but after I came to know Him better, the tests seemed to stop working. Occasionally when I am completely stalled, He may give me a sign to encourage me to take the next step, but it is more rare these days. After you have walked with Him a while, it is usually 'signs following' and not 'signs leading.'

    We help a child to learn to walk, but after they learn how, they walk on their own. As we build a relationship with God and take on the mind of Christ, we begin to know when it is the Lord speaking. Jesus said, 'My sheep hear My voice' (John 10:27) and that His sheep would not follow a stranger (John 10:5). You can tell the difference.

    Do not be surprised today if you pray and when the Lord starts talking back you think, "I must be making that up!" We have all been there, but somewhere deep inside you, you know that it is Him. Learn to trust God. If you miss Him, He will find you. He is able to keep you from deception when your focus is on Him, and hearing the Lord speak to you is easier than you think.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. I pray that You teach me to hear Your voice better, to recognize when it is You speaking. I want a deeper, more meaningful relationship with You today. Draw me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen. 

November 15, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

November 15, 2016
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Ariyana Rose
Ariyana Rose

This really hits home, I was given multiple signs from God concerning my career and education even ones I specifically asked for and ignored them based on advice from friends/family that the signs weren't what I thought they were. I finally had to listen to God when it began to affect me physically. I know now I need to begin to trust him more and listen to him and his advice especially when I pray for it and he answers. 

November 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Ariyana to you and pray that you please bless her with your grace and mercy, that you open the doors to her next step in life, heal her and guide her each day, in the name of Jesus, amen!

November 15, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. He has spoken to me to write another book, as it comes together I will share more. This will be directed toward, " I believe, help my unbelief." It seems lately that as soon as I finsih one He is pushing me to begin another. This is an amazing time for this author.

November 15, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Seek the lord while He may be found, and write while you have the inspiration. I have seen both hard to find  :)

November 15, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

 

November 15, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen God 

November 15, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

God is so Good all the time.

November 15, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

A timely word, thank you.

November 15, 2016
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Monje Mellie
Monje Mellie

WAmen and Amen 

November 15, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen and Amen

November 15, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You have done for me. I pray that You teach me to hear Your voice better, to recognize when it Is You speaking. I want a deeper, more meaningful relationship with You today. Draw me Lord, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 16, 2016