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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

JUDGES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Today’s Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Wed, 11/28/2012

Judges 3:31

The Bible tells that Shamgar “delivered Israel”. His courage freed the people around him and allowed them to live in freedom and liberty. He made a difference in the lives of those he fought for.

We are fighting for things that truly matter. It may seem at times that there are very few victories down here. In spite of that, the fight is still worthwhile! Because we are willing to fight the good fight of faith, others have the hope of a better future.

If we can pass down a pure Gospel and a holy church to the next generation, we have been successful. If we can hear Him say, “Well done” at the end of the way, we have been successful.

When I see my children and my wife worship, I understand that every battle and every sacrifice has been worthwhile. When hear my son teach, and know that another generation is going to hear the message that was given to the Apostles and handed down to us, I know that everything I believe had been vindicated. When I see these young people stand up here and sing and testify, I know that battle has been worthwhile. When I see some young child fall under Holy Ghost conviction and come to Jesus, it makes we want to sharpen my oxgoad, the Word of God, and go forth to battle once more!

Church, let me encourage you today. Stay in the battle. All around us, many are laying down their oxgoad and running away in fear of the enemy. Some are running away to join the enemy. Can I encourage you to stay in the fight? Can I encourage you to keep reaching out, to keep teaching, to keep living for Jesus, to keep witnessing, to keep fighting for those things that matter? We are too near home to quit now! Be like Shamgar and stay in the fight until Jesus comes, (Gal. 6:9; 1 Cor. 15:58).

And, when you feel like quitting, just look to the greatest example of steadfastness of all. Look to Jesus and be encouraged to keep on, (Heb. 12:1-3). He faced the greatest odds ever encountered by any man. He fought in the greatest battle ever waged by a man. He stood His ground and used His oxgoad, an old rugged cross, to defeat the works of the devil. Let His example inspire you to keep fighting, so that you can say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing,”( 2 Tim. 4:7-8).

Conc: What can we take away from this study of Shamgar: The Obscure Savior? What lessons can we glean for our own lives. Let me suggest a few as a I close.
God can use anyone, even those who think they are nobodies for His glory.

Shamgar fought where and when he was – He did not give in to fear. He did not wait for better circumstances. He just took his stand for God and won the victory.

Shamgar fought with what he had – No matter how weak you think your weapons are, put them in the hand of God and watch Him do great things with them: other examples, Moses’ rod, David’s sling, the Widow’s meal and oil, Dorcas’ needle and thread, the lunch of a little boy, etc.

Shamgar stood his ground – He just made up his mind to fight!

Shamgar left the results to God – Every time he fought he put his life on the line.

Shamgar trusted God with his life. Live or die, he would stand for the Lord and for what was right.

Shamgar enjoyed victory – Every time he fought, Shamgar walked off the field of battle the victor. God honored his faith and He will honor yours too!

Has God spoken to you about this matter of fighting for Him? Are you standing your ground in the day of battle? Are you fighting for your home, your marriage, your family, your church and the other things that matter in your life?

If you haven’t been fighting like you should and the Lord has spoken to you about it, you should come before Him today. Let Him have His way in your life. The world may not know your name, but if you are saved, the Lord of Glory does. He will use you if you will take your stand for Him!

“Let Him Have His Way With Thee” By: Cyrus S. Nusbaum, (1898)

1.Would you live for Jesus, and be always pure and good?
Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?
Would you have Him bear your burden, carry all your load?
Let Him have His way with thee.
His pow’r can make you what you ought to be;
His blood can cleanse your heart and make you free;
His love can fill your soul, and you will see
’Twas best for Him to have His way with thee.

2.Would you have Him make you free, and follow at His call?
Would you know the peace that comes by giving all?
Would you have Him save you, so that you need never fall?
Let Him have His way with thee.

3.Would you in His kingdom find a place of constant rest?
Would you prove Him true in providential test?
Would you in His service labor always at your best?
Let Him have His way with thee.

Father of heaven and earth, God of our lives! Help us to find believers with whom we can agree and stand firm on a regular basis. Enable us to be in agreement and in the Spirit of unity about Your Truth, Your Word, and Your power. If one in Jesus can put a thousand to flight, or two can put ten thousand to flight, than equip us with Christian brothers and sisters who can help us to put all of the enemy forces attacking our life to flight. Thank You Father for answering our prayer. This we pray in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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