Read Judges 8
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Scripture- Judges 8:28-31 28 That is the story of how the people of Israel defeated Midian, which never recovered. Throughout the rest of Gideon’s lifetime—about forty years—there was peace in the land.
29 Then Gideon[a] son of Joash returned home. 30 He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. 31 He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech.
Observations- The relationship between Gideon and his concubine produced a son who tore apart Gideon's family and would cause tragedy for the nation. Gideon may have won a battle for his nation but he lost one with his family.
Application- Have you ever followed a sports team who was always in first place? There is an uneasy feeling, isn't there. Even though the team is doing fantastic. The old saying, "once you're at the top, there is nowhere to go but down." Gideon's story is a reminder of how we can be tempted even when we have a spiritual victory. We always need to stay alert and keep ourselves ready for temptation. What should we do to prepare ourselves? Think about what got you to that victory. I'm willing to think it was God. Keep your eyes focused as usual, your heart always in the right place, and always keep the conversation open with God on what it is that is tempting you. He knows. He sees. But it is you who must retain that victory. You must defend it and champion it!
If you follow Notre Dame or college football for that matter, you will know that in the Fighting Irish locker room there is a sign that indeed reads, "Play like a champion today." Well....go get 'em.
And I will definitely give you a half time locker room verse here:
"I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." Philippians 3:14
Prayer- God, thank you for allowing us to have the winning advantage in believing in you. It only seems right that sin would want to knock us out of this spot. But we move forward and we move past it to look for another victory, and yet another challenge. But with you by our side. Always, let us look to you and never to ourselves to beat sin. Amen.
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