“The first step in any human justice endeavor is to fix our altars. I won’t say that nothing else matters because everything else most definitely does matter, but the gospel is our primary purpose”
Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. (Judges 6:25-26)
Relate: There is just so much good stuff in the story of Gideon that it was really hard for me to chose what to talk about. I wanted to talk about how Gideon, though a coward doing the wrong thing in the wrong place was called by God, “Mighty Warrior”. I wanted to write about how God said to Gideon, “Go with the strength you have.” I felt like it would be such a perfect follow up to yesterday’s devotion This Isn’t My War. The very next thing God says is, “I will be with you and you will be victorious.” Once again, there is so much…
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Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
1 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babbling and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
Isaiah 52:12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the Lord will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.