GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 1: Take My Yoke Upon You]

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” [Matthew 11:29-30]

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The Lord is putting a team together. The odds are great most will not make the cut. Christians in general have a strange traditional mindset in which they believe eternal life is automatic, that there is little effort in gaining it, and that this life is essentially a smooth ride into heaven because the Lord Jesus has already done the work to assure our arrival there.

While this is true in a sense it is also highly problematic. The Lord said we must each take on His yoke. Each of us must allow a spiritual yoke to be wrapped around our heads. Each of us must submit to being yoked together with Him in order to do the work He has called us to do. He does His part. We do our part. Each of us and the Lord are to work together in tandem. We can do nothing in accordance with His will unless we do it this way. He is the Leader. We are the followers. We put our head in a yoke beside Him. He already has His head in the other loop of the yoke awaiting us. And then we work together. The point is that the Lord Jesus is not in the habit of dragging dead weight around. One will have to do one’s part. One will have to pull one’s share of the load. If one gets it right one will never be working alone but always working with Him.

This denotes full commitment. It denotes great activity on our part. It denotes real discipleship. When one gets it right there will be spiritual fruit. There will be miracles. Things will happen that we can claim no credit for because we will know the fruitful things that happen could only have happened by His hand. We may otherwise work our fingers to the bone but without the Lord’s involvement and direction all we will get is bony fingers.

If, however, we couple our hard work with His hard work we will receive the fruits of our labor but only because the Lord Jesus was involved in making it happen. Many Christians work themselves silly every day but never gain the spiritual payday hoped for simply because they think their hard work is the answer. But hard work only works in His kingdom if He is also working on the same project we are working on, which means it was His project to begin with and we are working with Him but under His authority to make it happen.

I mean, how humble must the Lord be to yoke Himself up with us, essentially making us equals, to go out there and plow a spiritual field? He could simply dictate to us instead and make us do all the work but we should know the only thing that will do is cause rebellion because rebellion against God is the first reaction of unregenerate flesh. So He has to greatly lower Himself to our level in order to work with us to get anything done. And remember, He can do nothing unless He does it with and through humanity. So the big question for Him is will He be able to actually find anyone willing to work with Him in the only way that will work regarding spiritual reality?

For many Christians this is a big fat no. Tell some big boy religious pretender he will have to humble himself, junk his titles, replace his fancy church duds, and become a lowly servant, and then watch the unregenerate prideful flesh come oozing out like a lard bin in summertime with a fast leak followed by high rebellion and red-faced anger. How often do we see this in the Gospels? For some, the religious pride was way off the scale. The Lord gives the same directions to all Christians but only a relative few get the big idea. No matter how many times the Lord patiently explains that humility is a door into the miracle realm and He runs a spiritual kingdom it does no good if a Christian refuses the narrow road. In other words, who needs to vaya con Dios when he’s already got money and thinks he’s awesome?

“Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked…” [Revelation 3:17]

Whoa. How much more plain can the Lord make it? Christians who think they are rich but don’t know they are poor. What’s He talking about? How can it be that a Christian can believe he or she is well off and apparently in the will of God when he or she is actually “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” In other words we may be sitting there in the pew all prim and proper and well off and not understand we are sick and poverty stricken. How does that happen?

YOKE OR WOKE

I was around at the onset of Christian television. I saw it go from what it was to what it is. In the beginning it was largely a reflection of what went on in churches and for the most part much better things went on in churches back then compared to now. If you don’t quite see this simply do some research and find some old telecasts. You will see how much things have changed.

In time, as it always seems to happen, an inevitable devolution takes place. The more successful Christian television has become the more spiritually worthless it has become. It has now become thoroughly invaded by what we used to call “worldliness.” It has become a reflection of this world, of current human cultures. Because the medium has appropriated a growing lack of love for spiritual truth it has largely become blinded to it and has thus embraced much untruth masquerading as truth. And it keeps getting worse. The things that pass for Christianity now are laughable. And to add to all the worthless chatter from endless droning talking heads all pretty and facelifted, Christian television has also gone woke.

And if I need to remind you, here goes: The Lord revealed to me almost eleven years ago that we were in the early stages of a national Great Awakening. Wokism is the devil’s answer to the Great Awakening. Any Christian who has refused to get properly yoked up with the Lord will never partake of the Great Awakening but will instead fall for some form of deception courtesy of a fake angel of light. If you need some Scripture for that here you go:

For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. [2Thessalonians 2:11-12]

Here’s another, an oldie but goodie:

But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Matthew 16:23-26]

In case you may be interested, the operative Greek word in the above verse is apollumi. It means “to destroy utterly.” So the choice is that a person will either destroy his life in order to have new life or not destroy his life only to have it eventually destroyed in hell. And until one destroys his life and is born again one will never put one’s head in a yoke with the Lord or drag around a cross for the remainder of one’s life.

And speaking of the deceitfulness of riches, there is this:

And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” [Matthew 19:23-25]   

Perhaps if Christians ever heard such verses in their churches and Christian television programs they would no longer be deceived. But, of course, this cannot happen because many churches and much of Christian television in general is highly dependent on relatively large outlays of funding. Whoever preaches the truth as the Lord Jesus preached the truth will likely not have a church to preach in or a television show to preach from which tends to eliminate funding. To remedy this one must simply join Christian Fake World and preach a watered down inoffensive feel good gospel in the form of mushy baby food so no one out there will get their dander up or be offended and thus keep receiving cash instead of getting trashed. Better to tell everyone how great and awesome they are because it increases the chances of being thought well of and gaining greater wealth in the meantime.

THE CULLING PROCESS

See if any of this sounds familiar: American Christians screwed up. They turned their backs on the Lord. They loved the Lord’s blessings more than the Lord. They got so full of themselves they couldn’t see the Lord with the Hubble Telescope. This was the Lord’s solution:

Then the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD gave them into the hands of Midian seven years. The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them. So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to devastate it. [Judges 6:1-5] [1]

© 2021 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued]


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 2: The Attack of the Midianites]

GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 3: Introducing Gideon]

GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 4: Destroying Spiritual Strongholds]

GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 5: Make Your Calling and Election Sure]

GIDEON’S 300: WHY A SMALL GROUP OF REAL CHRISTIANS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN 32,000 PRETENDERS [Part 6: Christian Qualifying Tests]

 

Posted on August 10, 2021, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. As you note, we are saved by grace through faith, only. But He has prepared good works for us to do, and that will require effort on our part. A friend once told me, We are saved by faith alone, but not faith that IS alone!
    The “great awakening” is happening with many Christ-followers, but simultaneously, there is a “falling away” prophesied in 1 Thessalonians 2 (translated ‘rebellion’ in the ESV). Corporate worship has been replaced by worship performance and religious organization is valued more than transformed lives. God, help us all.
    ❤️&🙏, c,a,

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    • Thank you C.A. There are those getting it right who must stay with the Lord’s plan to be the strong influence He needs. All real Christians are on a solid foundation. They must continue to weather the storm, shine their light, and set the proper example. The Lord showed us how this is done. Be Blessed

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  2. Timely— I was just thinking about the Biblical references to a ‘band of survivors’ (Isaiah 37:32 and 2Kings 19:31) Seems fitting and applicable to these times we are now living in.

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    • Thanks Susan. Yes, the times that try men’s souls as it were. One thinks of gold refined in the fire. Regarding your Scripture choices, I used the latter in my previous post Show Us the Father in a passage about the very remnant or ‘band of survivors’ you mention. If you have time, knowing your knowledge and understanding in these matters, I would appreciate you taking a look. This entire year has had a central theme that has led to this time on the calendar. I hope to bring forth in this series on Gideon’s 300 that which will reveal more light on applicable Scriptural parallels. Blessings to you

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      • Thank you so much for the link to your article referencing the Biblical remnant. Very compelling research and writing, RJ. I shall ponder this article further. There’s a lot of mystery in our Wonderful God and in His Word. Who can understand it all? Or like God spoke to Job, “— who is it that dares to darken My Counsel?” All I know for sure is, our infinite, loving and Mighty God LOVES mysteries! His Triune nature is just one of those mysteries. Jesus said that He and the Father are ‘One’, and yet He also spoke to the Father from the Cross, and said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This implies a deep relationship between Him and the Father. Then of course He later sent to us His promised Holy Spirit, the Comforter, so that we would not be left alone as we await His coming in glory. Truly God loves to reveal Himself in all the depth and incredible scope of His Name and His Word, and by His Spirit, including in His Name that He shared with Moses: I AM. How astounding and delightful beyond words that our loving all-knowing and omnipresent Creator ever seeks to be known more and more by all who diligently seek Him! And how awesome that He has indeed set apart a remnant people. We will only know Him as fully as we are known by Him when we see Him face to face.

        Thank you for your diligent faithful writing and revealing more of who He is. Shalom 🙏

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        • Thank you Susan. What an excellent comment. I appreciate it and I appreciate you reading by far the longest article I’ve ever posted here. There is so much written between the lines, so to speak, in the New Covenant Scriptures, especially regarding the Lord’s identity. I think His closeness or distance toward us is based on our closeness or distance from Him. The twelve got closer to Him over time. Peter, James, and John saw things the others didn’t see, especially when they saw His transfiguration. I believe it must be the case that if one’s heart is right and he or she approaches the Lord correctly and seeks Him with due diligence, the Lord will reveal Himself to a greater degree. One must be worthy. In the meantime we have so many passages of Scripture that reveal to those with eyes to see who the Lord Jesus really is, and these passages can be studied and mined for truth content. Again, thank you and Blessings to you Susan. I hope things are going well. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Great word! I like the reference to being yoked to the Lord- it’s for working with Him, not comfort!

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  4. I just had a conversation with a young rich man who lives down the road: me: “you have done well in your life pursuing lots of zeroes in your lifes savings”…young man:”yes I have so far”… me: “you do realize the ironey of all those zeros here on earth, that they are worth exactly zero in heaven don’t you?”
    Him: “ya, I suppose”
    Me: ” lets say you can convert it to gold and God lets you take it with you, Peter or somebody will ask you at the gate, why did you bring pavement?”
    And we laughed…well I laughed.

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    • And I laughed! Probably should have heard this one by now. Thanks Gary. No Brinks truck following the hearse as they say. I think the Lord loves blessing His children and so many have been blessed monetarily. Others maybe not so much. But the Lord never plays favorites. It’s up to us. I remember coming upon my understanding of this in my early spiritual years that money is not a problem unless we make it one. It’s hard to focus or stay focused on the Lord, spiritual pursuits, and the work He has called us to if we are unduly attached to money and seeking wealth with no spiritual purpose involved. Part of being a good steward is never allowing money to control us but to always control it. Another part is making sure whatever we have is spent wisely.

      Blessings to you Gary. I appreciate your contributions here.

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  5. I have been reading through Judges and actually just finished reading about Gideon this week. This has been very timely! Thank you.

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