Vessels of Glory

Vessels of Glory

As the Holy Spirit deals with pride and self-sufficiency, He manifests Himself through us with increasing glory. As His love, light and healing comes forth, we learn to depend on Him alone and see our enemies conquered.

Gideon, whose three hundred men put torches in their clay pots and surrounded the army of the Midianites, is a great example. When the signal was given, they blew the trumpets, broke the clay pots and the light flooded out. It confused their enemies to the point that they fought and destroyed one another. The clay pots had to be broken. The directions they received from God required that their own ways be ignored. It’s a beautiful picture of the children of God having Christ inside them: a treasure in earthen vessels. They didn’t focus on how many were in the enemy’s camp, and neither should we. They trusted the sword of the Lord. When we are instructed by the Lord, we humble ourselves and acknowledge He is our sufficiency.

Battles are won in the name of Jesus. Our stepping forth in one accord causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. Whatever opposition we face, we can trust the greater one who is in us—Christ is all we need. When our flesh is out of His way, His power gushes in unexpected measure, from glory to glory!

Judges 7:20 “Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’ ” 

 

Broken Pitchers

Broken Pitchers

As the Holy Spirit deals with pride and self-sufficiency, the glory of God is being manifested in greater measure: a flood of love, light and total healing is being poured out. At the same time, our enemies are being conquered and are turning against one another.

Gideon, whose three hundred men put torches in their clay pots and surrounded the army of the Midianites, is a great example. When the signal was given, they broke the clay pots and the light flooded out. It confused the Midianites to the point that they fought and destroyed one another. Before the battle was won, the clay pots were broken. The directions they received from God required that their own ways be ignored. It’s a beautiful picture of the children of God having Christ inside them: a treasure in earthen vessels. They didn’t focus on how many were in the enemy’s camp, and neither should we.

When the Spirit of Christ instructs us to release what He has placed in us, and we do so with humility and acknowledgment that He is our sufficiency, battles are surely won. Our stepping forth in one accord causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. We are glory carriers and couriers, from glory to glory!  

Judges 7:20 “Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’ ”

 

Be Still!

Be Still!

A couple was trying to make a decision on the purchase of a house. They had a choice between four different ones. As they inquired of others, they received so many opinions that confusion arose. They even started wondering if they should buy at all. Doubt and fear added to their perplexity. This state of mind lasted for a few days until they, themselves, retreated from all voices and sought God for His wisdom. There, in that still place, God gently spoke to them and showed them the house He wanted for them.

When we go to God first to seek His wisdom, we can rest assured the counsel of others will confirm the leading in our hearts. It’s when we don’t seek Him first, but seek others, that our choices are hindered. God’s answers are heard in the quiet place. The still small voice of God comes gently and can be heard as we are still. God speaks so softly in the midst of all the noise that surrounds us, we can barely detect His voice unless we separate ourselves from our environment.

Often, after the fact, we realize He did try to get our attention. He uses these times to train us to take heed to His leading. His desire for us to hear His voice is more than we know. God is calling us into a deeper place of intimacy. Let us tune down all other sounds and stay tuned to His voice, from glory to glory! 

1 Kings 19:12 “…and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

 

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