Glorious God, we bow before You, we are grateful to You for all You have done for us. You gave us life, health of mind and body, You protected us from all evil – night and day. We bow before You and we say glory, honour be unto Thee now and forever.
We thank You for today, we offer it back to You Who is able to preserve all that is entrusted in Your hand, blessed be Thy Holy Name.
Merciful Father have Your way in our lives today, do that which no one can do in our lives. Help us to fear You and do Your will in all that we do. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never be mine, so help me to do all I ought to do today to the glory of Your Name in Jesus Name!
The sword of the Lord, and the Gideon! Beloved, another call for the in- gathering of souls to the kingdom this weekend. Let us make it a priority that our light shines before the people that they will truly glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Do not get tired of reaching out to the perishing, make it a duty to self and you will never regret you did. Start from your own Jerusalem, your inner caucus, as the Lord calls them to Himself, you will rejoice and be glad indeed.
This is also a call to those well advanced in age. Are you retired from your secular service, then enroll into the kingdom’s work; do not sit idle, do some work for the Lord, for He has reason for sparing you up until now.
The two must work to achieve this or how can they know except someone tells them (Rom 10: 14-15) and the Holy Spirit will finish the work, because He knows what to do, but first, you must do your bit and He will take over from you. O! praise the Lord!
“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” Judges 7:20
Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”
This is precisely what all Christians must do. First, you must shine; break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine. Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus.
Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified. Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears. Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” God must do it, it is His own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used—”The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!”
If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in His name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign for ever and ever in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
Are you making a decision to go all out and win a soul for the Lord? You must be part of it. Somebody need to be told and the person is very near to you, how longer do you wish to keep quite? Open your mouth prayerfully and the Lord will fill it, never mind what to say. When the intent is known, the Lord will back you up. For He searches the heart of men (Jer 17:10, Ps 25:14).
Always endeavor to seek the lost at every opportunity because you never know which one will come to fruition first, so do it in the morning likewise in the evening and God will reward you:
“In the evening withhold not thy hand.” Ecclesiastes 11:6
In the evening of the day opportunities are plentiful: men return from their labour, and the zealous soul-winner finds time to tell abroad the love of Jesus. Have I no evening work for Jesus? If I have not, let me no longer withhold my hand from a service which requires abundant labour.
Sinners are perishing for lack of knowledge; he who loiters may find his skirts crimson with the blood of souls. Jesus gave both His hands to the nails, how can I keep back one of mine from His blessed work? Night and day He toiled and prayed for me, how can I give a single hour to the pampering of my flesh with luxurious ease? Up, idle heart; stretch out thy hand to work, or uplift it to pray; heaven and hell are in earnest, let me be so, and this evening sow good seed for the Lord my God.
The evening of life has also its calls. Life is so short that a morning of manhood’s vigour, and an evening of decay, make the whole of it. To some it seems long, but a four-pence is a great sum of money to a poor man. Life is so brief that no man can afford to lose a day. It has been well said that if a great king should bring us a great heap of gold, and bid us take as much as we could count in a day, we should make a long day of it; we should begin early in the morning, and in the evening we should not withhold our hand; but to win souls is far nobler work, how is it that we so soon withdraw from it?
Some are spared to a long evening of green old age; if such be my case, let me use such talents as I still retain, and to the last hour serve my blessed and faithful Lord. By His grace I will die in harness, and lay down my charge only when I lay down my body. Age may instruct the young, cheer the faint, and encourage the desponding; if eventide has less of vigorous heat, it should have more of calm wisdom, therefore in the evening I will not withhold my hand.
Beloved, why must we seek out the lost souls?
Because they are important to your Creator (Ps 49:9)
Because we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)
Because the wrath of God (Rom 1:18; 21-32)
Because we were save from sin (Rom 2 ;1-4)
Because we are redeemed by Christ (Rom 6:3-14)
Because a natural man cannot save himself (Rom 7:14; 8 : 5-8)
Because the Spirit of God lives inside me (Rom 8:9-11)
Because we are God’s dear children and heirs to the throne (Rom 8:13-17)
Because you are wise (Prov 11:30)
This can also serve as a guide in reaching out to the lost. It will interest them to know your benefits in Christ against their lost without Him (Christ).
Remain blessed in the Lord.