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HEROIC RESCUER OF HIS PEOPLE. JEPHTHAH. ILLEGITIMATE. REJECTED. EXILED.

THE STORY OF JEPHTHAH A. Brother
Text:  Judges 10:6-12:7
Here is a powerful story about an overlooked man of God.  Having lived most of a long life in the churches, I’ve only heard once or twice about this leader of Israel, and have recently come across him again, but this time with the Lord’s urging.
He is one of the men listed in Hebrews 11 as an example of faith for us.  Why don’t we hear about him?
Jephthah’s life was tough.  He was born of a prostitute’s liaison with Gilead, the head of a large clan of Isreal.  He lived as an illegitimate son, and finally his own brothers drove him out of the house and he had to flee.  They refused him an inheritance.  He settled in the “land of Tob”, which means a good land, in fact, equates to wording for the promised land in Hebrew.
Here was a man “despised and rejected of men” like our Lord Jesus.  His own family didn’t believe in him.  His own clan, his own people, rejected him.  He was thrown out on the trash heap.  Yet, in the end, God used Jeph…

GOLGOTHA. WHERE TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST GO TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST.

GETHSEMANE MUST LEAD TO GOLGOTHA A. Brother ©2010-18 Narrowgate Publishing

“They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled… Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him.” Mark 14:32-36
“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means ‘The Place of the Skull’). Then they offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. And they crucified Him.” Mark 15:22-24
There is a huge distance between Gethsemane and Golgotha.  It is short in terms of worldly distance, a mere walk.  Yet it’s millions of miles in spiritual terms.  It’s literally an impossible leap for us, but it’s possible with God.  And indeed, it’s a requirement of all those who would follow Jesus.
Many today fall to the ground in their personal Gethsemane, distressed and troubled at their situation.  Many of us who walk with …

DIE TO THE LIE! THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF THIS WORLD IS BUILT ON LIES.

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life". --Jesus Christ
"The alternative to such a work of the Holy Spirit being allowed to be done in us is that we shall find ourselves in a false position, and it is far, far too costly to find ourselves in a false position, even though it only be on certain points. This is a false world we are living in, a world that is carried on on lies. The whole constitution of this world is a lie, and it is in the very nature of man, though multitudes do not know it, but think they are true."  --T. Austin Sparks
I mean this Word from the Lord to be for those who profess Christ, but also, if you don't believe in Christ, give this Word a chance to work in you.
This entire world and its systems created by mankind is built on a foundation of lies. This world is built on sand, and has no chance to endure. 
What are those lies?
First lie. Mankind is its own master.
That anything we choose to do we can do. This underlying lie has been around since th…

CHRIST SAYS MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS.

From our brother T. Austin-Sparks:
He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
What is your idea of power? What is your mentality concerning power? Are you clamoring for power, wanting power? Well, it all works out this way. 
True power from God's standpoint is Calvary power. Christ crucified is the power of God. What is Calvary power? Well, it is emptiness of self, you and I being emptied of self – and truly, that is easier said than endured! 
Oh, how very much there is of this self about us still! How we hate – how we suffer – being emptied of ourselves! What a terrible thing it is to feel our inability – to know that we do not count in ourselves. Oh, to be ABLE! 
And yet have we not proved, again and again, that our times of greatest emptiness and weakness have been the times when God has done most, and got glory by what He has done? …

HOW LONG WILL YOU WAVER BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?

DANCING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS A. BROTHER
"How long will you waver  (literally, 'continue this wild and futile religious dance') between two opinions?   If the Lord is God, follow Him;  but if Baal is God, follow him." 1 Kings 18:21
This morning I am convicted in myself of my sin.  When I am steadfast, I hold to God and His Word, and am convinced of His love and His truth.  Jesus and I walk in fellowship, and I bask in the warmth of His Word, and even the difficulties.
But when I am hard hit by certain things, and certain situations, I falter, and sometimes waver to the point of despair.  I lash out at others, at God, and feel desperately alone.  I dance around seeking some kind of resolution, suddenly unsure of everything, and hurt myself and those close to me by my unfaithfulness.  
This sin of 'wavering' and 'dancing between two opinions' is my struggle.  God is working in me to eradicate my doubt and fear, but it is a hard, deep work, and involves extrusion of …

MEN WHO TAKE THE GLORY FROM GOD.

GOD IS FINISHED WITH OUR REBELLIOUS DREAMING AND SCHEMING.

Korah's rebellion is a picture  of how near we are to destruction. A. Brother
JUDE "8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”[d]10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them. 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error;they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion." This passage in Jude, a little read New Testament book, is eye-popping in its application to us today. Read about Korah's rebellion in Numbers 16. Sounds like a Stephen Spielberg movie script. The entire chapter is devoted to telling us this story of men who whined an…

BE CAREFUL HOW YOU BUILD. GOD DOESN'T LIVE IN MAN-MADE STRUCTURES.

BE CAREFUL, THEN, HOW YOU BUILD A. Brother
“However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men.” Acts 7:48
“Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.  For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the City that is to come.” Heb. 13:13,14
When God calls us out and away from the “camp”, in other words, the traditions of men, the cities built by men, the works and monuments to man’s energies and efforts to do things for God, we must go to Him.
When God reminds us, through Stephen, that God doesn’t dwell in any man-made thing, then we must either follow Christ, dying like Stephen did, or follow men, who are represented by the religious establishment, and who actually stoned Stephen and murdered him there in Jerusalem.
There is nothing we touch that we don’t try to alter.  Instead of laying all on the altar, we alter all God gives us.  In this play on words, we see the truth God has spent all history trying to give us.  We can’t do anything, or …

THE MOST DANGEROUS TRIALS ARE SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY.

Another word from our late brother T. Austin-Sparks, which "hits the nail on the head" once again, and helps us see clearly in Christ.  A. Brother
From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. (John 1:16 NIV)
When the Lord has blessed and prospered, how many people have not themselves become something? Here is a successful movement! Here is my chance! There is a laying hold of that work, and a turning of it to personal account. That is the history of things. The most dangerous time for the work of God is the time of blessing. You will always find people coming in when there is blessing, not because they have God's end in view, but because a realm of blessing means personal good.... The Lord is calling us on to the fullness of Christ, and sometimes on the way He may let us see the working of His power, that He is with us. The world may be against us, the devil may be withstanding, and the Lord lets us see in some little way that He is with…

THE PERSECUTION INTENSIFIES AGAINST CHRISTIANS--RUSSIA AND CHINA.

All encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in China and Russia.

You are once again experiencing the Prince of this world's hatred against Christ, and all who follow Him. You are being called on to suffer for the Lord Jesus, as your forefathers were during other periods of severe persecution in your countries.

All the signs have been present. Tighter and tighter laws and restrictions on gathering for worship, laws that forbid you to share your faith openly with others. Now, with the new laws, and the much greater restrictions even on home churches, you are all forced to depend completely on God the Father and His Son, who will see you through even the darkest days.  Many of you will be imprisoned, and some will suffer martyrdom for Christ. It is the path many of your spiritual forefathers walked.

I commend you to the Lord, and to His Spirit living with you, and pray that with all of us who follow Christ around the world, you would rejoice at being called to suffe…