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Judges 5:1-31

Quite the song today in Judges 5:1-31. I wish we could hear the actual melody and take it in just as it was sung way back when. Now that's not possible, but I'm thankful that we can at least take in and consider the words of this song of celebration. As I was doing that this morning, what was conveyed in verses 2 and 9 totally touched my heart. "That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord!" and "My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people." These words really made me stop and think about how and what I offer to the Lord and how I could do more and better.

So think about this--are you offering yourself willingly to the Lord? Are there any areas where you could be more open and willing? How will you get there? Tami W.

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I can identify a few areas where I am not willing. There are areas the Lord has been urging me to get involved in. But I seem so busy as it is.

I was speaking with a friend yesterday and he advised me to seek God's purpose. So may be that is how I will get there. Look at all Im doing, all Im being asked to do, pray about each and ask God to show me where each aligns to his purpose for me right now. I am almost sure I will find what things I should now put aside and be given grace to perform and perform well in the others.

I had made comments for Julio and a couple of other people back on the subject Dangerous Influence.

I think of what I am doing now, is making it possible with some other moms to get together and have a Bible devotion with our daughters once a month. Just being willing to make this happen. I am so thankful for my children. I am so thankful for what God has done and is doing in my family. God is so GOOD.

That is a good question, how did the leaders offer themselves amoung the people? Maybe show the common folk how to fight, or
offered shields and sword they owned, or offered the commoners "you help us with the war I will help you with the crops", or I will help you set your affairs in order in case anything should happen to you.
Today a leader might help make the lesson materials, do some baby sitting, help clean an area to be used, serve some food, give some helpful ideas how something could be done, give training to those who will be on the front lines of doing the work, give words of encouragement to those who need it. Praying with and for the workers asking God for victory in the outreach.

I see "surrender" in those words..."offered themselves willingly". It's become a daily habit to incorporate this mindset into my prayer life...and it most often comes out first, right after praises and thanksgiving. This has led to the most amazing results; Matthew 11:29-30 has "come alive" within my soul: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

"Take My yoke"..."surrender"..."offered themselves willingly"...it's all the same thing. And the "My burden is light" part, it's indescribable! I just love it when a certain part of scripture becomes "personal"...you're living it...you see YOURSELF within the pages of the Holy Book. God is amazing. His Word is amazing. His Spirit is amazing. And it's all because of Jesus! Heed Jesus' words..."Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Yes: "take HIS yoke and burden upon yourself for they are easy and light" bask in the peace that transends all understanding, drink from the fountain of Living-water and eat the Bread-of-life and never hunger or thirst again! Via con Dios amigos!

Willingness is what is desired but actually allowing it to be done is another thing. This seems to be a total surrender of oneself which is desirable but not easy to do. Indeed this is a daily walk and as the song writer said "take my will and make it thine it shall be no longer mine"
Lord we seek your help today to willingly surrender our all to you
Amen

I like what Tom D said today because vs.31, along with what Tami says, stands out to me 'rest for forty years.' This is evidence of the peace that Tom talks about. I really like the melodic feel of this chapter, comparing friends to the sun rising in vs. 31 and the musicians repeating the righteous triumphs of the Lord in vs. 11. These images help me want to be more willing. They give me a sense for God's glory and how beautiful He is.

I also find it interesting that some of the men stayed by their areas but had great searchings of heart. What sometimes seems the right and logical thing for some people to do, may not be. Only God knows the hearts and I need to remember not to judge (no pun intended :)

Is what happened in today's Bible reading that much different than what is happening today? I think not.

Consider the news story I found on One News Now, a Christian news and commentary website, that reported on vandalism that had occurred in Chicago. A gay activist group vandalized Christian Liberty Academy, throwing bricks through the windows inscribed with hate messages saying that this was a sample of what would happen if pro-family Scott Lively and AFTAH (Americans For Truth About Homosexuality) weren't shut down.

There's such a thing as dispensing information but something completely different about activism, vandalism, and warfare to try to prove to people that the right is wrong and that the wrong is right.

The Gay Liberation Network has convinced the Southern Poverty Law Center to list AFTAH as a hate organization along with other pro-family organizations. American Family Association, a Christian-based pro-family organization, is on that list as well.

Hitler and psychiatrists have it right when they said that it's easier to get people to believe a big lie than a little one so tell the biggest lie possible.

We have to be on our guard every day. We need to take proactive action to arm ourselves with the Word of God and really stand up, not just pay money for just a few others to stand up. Each of us has to stand up and be counted in the fight for our beliefs.

Christians as a whole have not stood up to the swaying and bending of our minds and our beliefs and that swaying and bending and reshaping is being done deliberately to bring us to the point that we question our own beliefs and the Bible itself.

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