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A Thorough Job

View daily reading plan: Matthew 5.27-30

Fear assailed Gideon, but his fears were overcome, and he obeyed God’s command even though it was under cover of dark. The task was done effectively, Baal’s altar was ‘cast down’, and the grove was ‘cut down’. Their destruction allowed God’s altar to be erected, for He will not countenance a rival. He is ‘a jealous God’ (Ex 20v5) who demands undivided devotion.

Is there something in your life that would need to be dealt with to allow Him the position of supremacy that He demands? If so, act as effectively as Gideon did. The Lord Jesus taught, ‘If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee’ (Mt 5v29). The ‘eye’; deal decisively with anything unsavoury that you watch. ‘The right hand’ (Mt 5v30); is it something that you use your hand for that has to be addressed, something that you do? ‘The foot’ (Mk 9v45); is it somewhere that you go that has to be curtailed?

 When you do make adjustments, be as ruthless as young King Joash was in his day. He broke Baal’s images and altars ‘in pieces thoroughly’ (2Kings 11v18).

Wednesday, 19 June, 2024

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