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Volume 8   No. 2                                                                 February 02, 2010
This message was first written  by Marlene Juharos, TexasSower@aol.com. Published in PrayerVine
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If God is with me, why is all this happening to me? FBS061108R PrayerVine@aol.com  Date:    Wed, Jun 11, 2008 5:43 pm
"The sower soweth the Word." (Mark 4:14).

IF God is with me, WHY is all this happening to me?

In the Bible, when God's people got fat and happy, invariably they turned from Him and began worshipping idols. God would then turn away because of their sin and idolatry and the enemy soon began to defeat them in the midst of their
independently prosperous lifestyles.

For a period of seven years, we see the nation of Israel in this position
again, as the Midianites thwarted control over them. Their crops and livestock were being ravished, and they were fearfully hiding out in hills and caves. They and their land was being shaken.

Finally the Israelites came to their senses and cried out to God for help! The story in Judges 6 continues when the Lord appeared to Gideon while he was threshing wheat in the bottom of a winepress. The Lord said to Gideon:

Judges 6:12
“The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor."

Gideon must have thought: "Give me a break, Lord! Can't You see where I'm at? I’m IN THE PITS. Things couldn't be going any worse. Why is all this happening to me? I know You are God and that you are with me, but I can’t believe what we're all going through. We need a miracle!”
Here’s what Gideon actually said: Vs. 13..."And Gideon said unto Him, “Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of?”

There had been no peace and prosperity in Gideon’s life for SEVEN YEARS!

So many times, while going through difficult situations, I've asked, “Where are You at God, and where is my miracle? And WHY is this happening to me if You are with me? Where are all the miracles like we’ve seen in the past?...Why are You not doing them for me now?”

Most of those around Gideon were in to idol worship... but not Gideon!
He may have been fearful like all the rest, and we know he felt like a
nothing...perhaps he even felt like a coward, but he had not denied God. Yes, he was hiding out. But the Lord knew what was in Gideon's heart. God wouldn't have called him a "mighty man of valor" (or) “a man of strength and bravery,” if he wasn’t! The situation AROUND him apparently had humbled him, which was a GOOD thing! Later when God did give him victory over the enemy, Gideon KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt Who won the battle and to Whom the glory belonged.

Had Gideon been full of faith and power in his own might, perhaps he would have been inclined to take some of the glory, when victory did come ... or,  most likely, God may NOT have used him at all!
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DO REAL Christians Sin Every Day? 
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Difficult circumstances, all those things that surround us that look like God has turned His back on us personally, may only be the result of the sins of the nation, and not necessarily a sin in our own soul, as the devil would like for us to believe! God has a way of allowing the enemy to reign over the entire situation, so that He can get everyone’s attention, especially when there is sin in the camp! While the guilty are being punished, we often suffer to a degree right along with them. But during this time of suffering, God is humbling and preparing the righteous to help lead those sinners back to Him.

It wasn't until the Israelites were being defeated that they would call
out  to  God  as  a  nation!   When things  were going well, they began building altars to other gods.
  Human nature hasn't changed much today, has it? Sometimes the innocent have to suffer with the multitude for the overall sins that are being committed... Because of His mercy, grace and love for His people, God always has His "Gideons" being prepared . A "Gideon" meaning a humble, unlikely deliverer.

It's a person that has no outstanding attributes of their own...one who is quietly waiting and working in the "threshing mills," faithfully grinding out a daily living, and with their meager existence, helping others as they are able. And they are probably quietly wondering, "If God is with me, why are all these things happening to me?" Why am I suffering not being blessed?"

Even in the prosperous times, Gideon had not become great because he said how insignificant he and his family were, and he felt that in himself there was no way that he could deliver anyone. He certainly didn't feel like he qualified as "God's mighty man of the hour!" But, the Lord told him to go, not in his own might, but to go and deliver God's people knowing that the Lord God had sent him and that He would be with him. Over his lifetime, and especially those past seven years, Gideon had stayed faithful and humble, as God had preserved and prepared him for such a time as this.

When you don't understand the hardship and suffering going on in your life, but you have stayed faithful to the Lord through it all, and when you have repented of all known sin and have allowed the Lord to chastise you, and you feel like you are probably a complete failure...get ready for God to use you, thou mighty man/woman of valor. There are many that need deliverance all around you! God knows where you are at, just like He knew where Gideon was when He was looking for someone to use mightily.

All we have to do is look at all the turmoil in our land to realize that that time is coming very soon, if it is not already here, when God will look for His mighty people of valor to lead our nation back to Him.

Rooted and grounded in the love of Christ Jesus,

Marlene JuHaros,
TexasSower@aol
www.TexasSower.com
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