The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. Judges 7:20

The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
Judges 7:20

Gideon ordered his men to do two things: covering up a torch in an earthen pitcher, he bade them, at an appointed signal, break the pitcher and let the light shine, and then sound with the trumpet, crying, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon! the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” This is precisely what all Christians must do. First, you must shine; break the pitcher which conceals your light; throw aside the bushel which has been hiding your candle, and shine. Let your light shine before men; let your good works be such, that when men look upon you, they shall know that you have been with Jesus. Then there must be the sound, the blowing of the trumpet. There must be active exertions for the ingathering of sinners by proclaiming Christ crucified. Take the gospel to them; carry it to their door; put it in their way; do not suffer them to escape it; blow the trumpet right against their ears. Remember that the true war-cry of the Church is Gideon’s watchword, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” God must do it, it is his own work. But we are not to be idle; instrumentality is to be used–“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” If we only cry, “The sword of the Lord!” we shall be guilty of an idle presumption; and if we shout, “The sword of Gideon!” alone, we shall manifest idolatrous reliance on an arm of flesh: we must blend the two in practical harmony, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” We can do nothing of ourselves, but we can do everything by the help of our God; let us, therefore, in his name determine to go out personally and serve with our flaming torch of holy example, and with our trumpet tones of earnest declaration and testimony, and God shall be with us, and Midian shall be put to confusion, and the Lord of hosts shall reign forever and ever.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Galatians 5:1

The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.
Galatians 5:1

This “liberty” makes us free to heaven’s charter–the Bible. Here is a choice passage, believer, “When thou passest through the rivers, I will be with thee.” You are free to that. Here is another: “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee”; you are free to that. You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stores of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please, without let or hindrance. Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings. There is not a promise in the Word which shall be withheld. In the depths of tribulations let this freedom comfort you; amidst waves of distress let it cheer you; when sorrows surround thee let it be thy solace. This is thy Father’s love-token; thou art free to it at all times. Thou art also free to the throne of grace. It is the believer’s privilege to have access at all times to his heavenly Father. Whatever our desires, our difficulties, our wants, we are at liberty to spread all before him. It matters not how much we may have sinned, we may ask and expect pardon. It signifies nothing how poor we are, we may plead his promise that he will provide all things needful. We have permission to approach his throne at all times–in midnight’s darkest hour, or in noontide’s most burning heat. Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege. Thou art free to all that is treasured up in Christ–wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It matters not what thy need is, for there is fulness of supply in Christ, and it is there for thee. O what a “freedom” is thine! freedom from condemnation, freedom to the promises, freedom to the throne of grace, and at last freedom to enter heaven!

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Meditate on the curse of sin

“Cursed be every one that does not continue in all things written in the book
of the law,” Gal. 3.10. This curse is like a blight on fruit, which keeps it
from thriving; sin is not only a defiling, but a damning thing. It is not only
a spot in the face, but a stab at the heart. Sin betrays us into the devil’s
hands who, like Draco,2 writes all his laws in blood. Sin binds us over to the
wrath of God; and then what are all our earthly enjoyments if not
like Damocles’ banquets,1 with a sword hanging over the head? Sin brings forth
the “roll written with curses” against the sinner, Zech. 5.1-3. It is a
“flying roll,” ver. 2. It comes swiftly unless mercy stops it. “You are cursed
with a curse,” Mal. 3.9. Thus it is, till the entail of this curse is cut off
by Christ. O meditate upon this curse due to sin.

The effects of meditating on the curse of sin:

1. It would make us afraid to retain or entertain sin:

(1.) Of retaining sin. When Micah had stolen his mother’s money, and heard her
curse him, he dared not keep it any longer, but restores it, Jdg. 17.2. He was
afraid of his mother’s curse; what then is God’s curse!

(2.) Of entertaining sin. We would not willingly entertain someone in our
house who had the plague. Sin brings a curse along with it, which is the
plague of God that clings to a sinner. Sin is like the water of jealousy,
which made “the belly swell, and the thigh rot,” Num. 5.22.

2. It would make us flee from sin. While we sit under the shadow of this
bramble, fire will come out of the bramble eternally to devour us, Jdg. 9.15.

Thomas Watson, The Christian on the Mount