JEPHTHAH; REJECTED BY MAN BUT ACCEPTED BY GOD

Bible In One Year-Day 99 (Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

Commentary: Judges10-12. Jephthah was one of the Judges of Israel. He found himself in a condition or situation he had no control over, neither did he have any input in that situation. He was actually a product of the sin of his father; consequently, the sons of his father rejected him. They drove him away from their midst. Little did he knew that God had interest in him and for God to prepare him for the assignment, he allowed him to be sent on exile where he was trained to be a mighty man of valor. His brethren judged him to be unclean because of his mother and unworthy of his father’s inheritance. He joined rebels (which Abimelech used in Judges9:4) in exile going about threatening, harassing and raiding people. He became a terror in that area. The Israelites ran into trouble. They searched for Jephthah to lead them against their enemies. From the study of Jephthah’s life, we could see that he feared the Lord. He never went for the battle against the Ammonites without first talking to God even though there was a bargain with the Gileadites. Bargain with man is one thing and bargain with God is another thing entirely. Men may approve what God has not approved. Men ordain favorites but God ordains the ordinary and the rejected by His Spirit for extraordinary and divinely accepted work. God released His Spirit upon Jephthah. This broke every yoke of failure and barrier of rejection and empowered him for victory;

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

When God gives you His Spirit, your status changes, all things become completely new and the past is knocked out, whatever anybody might have in his or her record against you is irrelevant;

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The people may have a bad record about you but God’s Spirit nullifies it and makes you irrevocably relevant; you can’t be rejected anymore because you have now become a solution to a threatening problem. Apostle Paul had a bad past, but when God commissioned him, his status changed;

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”

He became a solution to a problem. I pray that you will become a solution to problems in the name of Jesus. Our next reading is Judges13-15. Keep the fire burning and alive.

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