February 20 – Repairing The Breaches

“Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.”  Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)

How are your walls coming? Have you done some repairing recently? As you grow in righteousness, you can see that the walls that guard your heart (temple) are being strengthened. Remember: People may not see your conduct IN the temple, but your “walls” are most visible.

Keep repairing the breaches in your walls. You do that by “diligently” seeking God and allowing Him to make needed changes in your heart. As Nehemiah experienced with the walls of Jerusalem, rebuilding is actually more difficult than building the first time. That is simply because there is so much “rubble” in the way. (See Nehemiah 4:10, NIV.)

As you continue to “diligently” seek God and are willing to change and grow, then you can proclaim the blessing of God from Isaiah 60:18: “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”

God is making something beautiful of your life. Be patient…He is not finished yet!

PRAY: “Father, I agree with the songwriter who said, ‘All I had to offer You was brokenness and strife, but You made something beautiful out of my life.’ I am thankful, Jesus, that You finished the work on the cross to rid me of ‘rubble,’ and that You are not finished with me yet. Amen.”

February 19 – Earthen Vessels

“And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.”  Judges 7:16

God instructed Gideon to fight the Midianite army of 135,000 men with a meager 300 men, each armed with a most unusual weapon…a lamp inside a pitcher.

These lamps were torches which would smolder in the clay jar, or pitcher, and burst into flame when taken out and waved. Instruction was given to smash the clay jars at the given time so that the torches would be revealed, shedding light on the enemy in a nighttime surprise attack.

The clay jar with a smoldering torch inside is a picture of your life, which also must be smashed, crushed, and broken in order to reveal the true light of Christ inside.

II Corinthians 4:7 says: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”  The treasure of His presence and power inside your earthen body will be revealed only when you become broken and humble before God.

Brokenness is REPENTANCE…Repentance brings LIGHT…Light brings VICTORY.

PRAY: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, 0 God, thou wilt not despise”* I humble myself before You today. Amen.”

*Psalm 51:17

February 18 – Three Weapons of War

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand…” Judges 7:7a

Judges 7 records the story of Gideon’s victory over the enemy with only three hundred men. Take another look at the weapons of war that God used for the victory:

1) An empty jar…the vessel had to be broken.

2) A smoldering torch…ignited to flame when the vessel was broken.

3) A trumpet…a ram’s horn, sounded in praise.

God still promises to give you victory over the enemies of your life with these three weapons:

1) A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP…represented by a broken, submitted heart toward God.

2) THE HOLY SPIRIT…represented by a spirit on fire for God and His righteousness.

3) PRAISE AND WORSHIP…your voice singing out loudly, as a trumpet sounds, bringing glory and honor to God.

Let God win those battles of life. Look to Him for the VICTORY. Use the right weapons. Here they are again:

1) Walk in A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.

2) Be filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT.

3) Lift your voice in PRAISE AND WORSHIP.

PRAY: “Father, Gideon’s deliverance was wonderful! I thank You that these words are meant for me even today. Let’s go forward into battle! In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”