“And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.”
Saturday 14th July 2018 The Leverage Daily Devotional by Pastor Segun Obadje
God permitted that with Gideon because he was not born again, and didn’t have the Holy Spirit living in him. The child of God under the New Testament is not supposed to be guided through fleeces but by the Holy Spirit within. Romans 8:14 doesn’t say “As many as are led by circumstances are the sons of God”; it says “As many as are led by the Spirit of God…” Yes, God may permit certain things at certain times because of people’s low level of spiritual development; but that is not God’s perfect will.He wants us to grow up unto maturity in all things, and that includes being guided by Him. Many are guided or led by job opportunities. They go everywhere there is a job opportunity for them; they are led by their senses, instead of the Spirit through their spirit. Elimelech took a wrong step, being led by the circumstances of famine in Bethlehem Judah to Moab, and he lost his life and his two sons (Ruth 1:1-5). He didn’t hear God before setting off to Moab; he only let the pressure of famine lead him to Moab.
On the other hand, Isaac was faced with famine in Gerar, but didn’t checkout of Gerar because he had heard from the
Lord to stay there. He sowed in Gerar and in the same year reaped a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed and increased him (Genesis 26:1-6, 12-14). God leads us by His Spirit through our spirit. We are not led by circumstances, nor by frustrations, neither by famine.
Beloved, be responsive to the Spirit of God. Don’t let the situations of life pressurize you to take actions inconsistent with the witness of the Spirit of God with your spirit. Remember, the man in Christ is a child of God with a recreated spirit that has the capacity to fellowship with God’s Spirit. You, in Christ, can hear from God; and God leads you from inside out. Always look inward to the Spirit of God in you. Respond to God in you. Be God inside minded. Refuse to be led by circumstances. Amen!
My Solid Front (Confession): I am a New Testament man; I am not of the Old. My spirit has been recreated, and the Spirit of God lives in me, and guides me from within; I declare that I am not led by circumstances whether pleasant or otherwise. I am led by the Spirit of God. Hallelujah! Amen.