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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Please Don't Fake the Anointing!
Many Christians today can't distinguish between the sweat of the flesh and the dew of heaven.

Gideon is one of my favorite Bible characters because I relate to his struggle with inferiority. God pulled this runt of a guy out of a hole in the ground and called him to deliver Israel. Gideon's classic "Who, me?" response reminds me of conversations I've had with the Lord. None of us feels qualified to do God's work, but we know from Gideon's example that reluctant wimps can be transformed into valiant warriors.

I've heard people criticize Gideon because he laid out a fleece of wool on the ground and asked the Lord-not once but twice-to confirm His promise (see Judges 6:36-40). But the Bible doesn't say God was mad at Gideon for wanting assurance. In fact, God answered Gideon both times with moisture from heaven. The dew was a sign of God's favor and blessing.

You know how the story ends. Gideon's impressive army of 22,000 is downsized to a ragtag band of 300, and they carry only trumpets, clay pots and torches into battle. Through their supernatural victory over Midian, God made it clear that His anointing has nothing to do with human ability.

How many of us have learned Gideon's lesson? Do you trust the Holy Spirit to work in you, or do you lean on the flesh? Do you have the precious dew of His miraculous anointing on your life, or have you manufactured a cheap form of human moisture to do the job? read more
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