Devotionals for April 2022

#47 The Death of Disobedience

(Reading Exodus 4:24-26 NIV) Zipporah said, “You are a bridegroom of blood” – because of the circumcision. Moses’ wife performed the circumcision on their son. Apparently Moses couldn’t bring himself to inflict such pain and she had to undertake it to … Continue reading

#46 Life Born Out of Death

Exodus 4:30b-31a NIV He [Moses] also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. Power in public rises from the cross in private. 2 Corinthians 4:12 NIV So then, death is at work in us, but life is at … Continue reading

#45 Adam’s Nature Must Die

…the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. Exodus 4:24b NASB Either the flesh had to die or Moses had to die. God will never use human effort, independent expertise or carnal enthusiasm to achieve His purpose. … Continue reading

#44 The Master Masters All

After his encounter with the Burning Bush and with Adonai, “Moses took his wife and his sons and…returned to the land of Egypt” (Exodus 4:20). You would think that once Moses recognized Adonai – Lord and Master – that it … Continue reading

#43 Independent Isolation

Independence is what Adam and Eve wanted, but what they got was banishment and death. Independence of God is dangling isolation…from Him and from others.

#42 Created to Be Free

“Oh, my Adonai…” Adam and Eve exercised the rigid right to decide who to BE, who to HEAR and what to THINK. Because humanity was created TO BE free, they were instantly free…of God.

#41 Adonai is All Wisdom

The wisdom of Job: “But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord (Adonai) – that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28 AMPC). In Scripture, knowing God as Master is linked to … Continue reading

#40 The Rule is God’s, Not Ours

Judges 8:22, 23 NASB Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son’s son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian.” But Gideon said to them, “I … Continue reading

#39 Endurance From Adonai

Gideon pursued the enemy “and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing” (Judges 8:4). When God owns you, you exceed your own capacity both in physical endurance and determination, for … Continue reading

#38 The Tower of God’s Name

Proverbs 18:10 NASB The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe (high above evil and strong). Micah 4:5 NASB Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god, … Continue reading

#37 The Sword of Gideon

Judges 7:9, 11a NASB Now the same night it came about that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands. And you will hear what they say; and afterward … Continue reading

#36 Adonai’s One Man Army

When Gideon obeyed God’s separation from the fearful and the lustful, he saw a miraculous defeat of enemy forces, which were “as numerous as locusts” (Judges 7:12). God’s way of victory lies in surrender not human might. Those surrendered to … Continue reading

#35 Adonai Rules the Army

(Reading Judges 7:1-18) Gideon amassed an army of 32,000 men. But Adonai reduced Gideon’s army, his fighting force, to 300 and 1. When God owns your life, He chooses your relationships, and that usually means drastic reduction in frightening restriction. … Continue reading

#34 Responding to Adonai’s Intervention

To be owned by God is a response to God’s intervention. No independent child of Adam will choose to be mastered unless he meets the Great Adonai face to face in life, whether through the stunning revelation of Who He … Continue reading

#33 Ready to Be Mastered

The choice to be owned is not so much a choice as it is a spontaneous response to the revelation of God. Our God reveals His identity by Name to the one He knows beforehand is ready to be mastered … Continue reading

#32 The Famous Fleece of Gideon

Judges 6:39a NASB Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece …” We are reluctant to make Adonai the … Continue reading

#31 Fear of Adonai, Bowing Worship

Gideon saw the angel of the Lord and, in the close presence of a Holy God, he feared he would die. His response to this was bowing worship. The Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not fear; you … Continue reading

#30 Clothed and Possessed

Judges 6:34 AMPC But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Himself and took possession of him… The one who lets God be the Owner He is will be empowered and possessed of the Spirit of God for the will … Continue reading

#29 The Courage of Living Weak

(Reading Judges 6:17-40) Such was Gideon’s weakness that he needed signs from God in every phase. Gideon asked for the angel of the Lord to remain as a sign and proof of God’s favor. The “angel” remained. Then Gideon asked … Continue reading

#28 Adonai’s Choice: Reality Not Illusion

Judges 6:15 NASB He said to Him, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least…and I am the youngest…” Gideon’s courage lay not in the strength to believe or to fight. His courage was that … Continue reading

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