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The Overcomers: Take Back America!

The Call: "And the angel of the Lord came and appeared to Gideon, and said: "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." (Judges 6:12).

Like Moses and Jeremiah, Gideon began to make excuses. "My family is poor, and I am the youngest." The Lord will eliminate our excuses. The Angel of God said: "I will be with you." What more could one ask? There is always danger when we stand against the enemy.
What was the first thing that the Lord told Gideon to do?
"Tear down the altars of Baal, and build the altar of the Lord." (Judges 6:25)
If you want to be an OVERCOMER, get the idols out of your life!
I was not a career service man, so the following is my own perspective. You can correct me, if I am wrong... In time of battle, the Field Commander needs an Intelligence Report from Headquarters. Gideon asked for a sign from the Lord. He put out a fleece (a piece of wool). He put the Lord to the test. Is this really God speaking to me? He asked that the next morning that the fleece be wet, but the ground around it be dry. And, so it was. Still a little doubtful, Gideon asked that the next morning the fleece be dry, and all the ground be wet with dew. And, so it was.
Gideon had gathered an army of 32,000 men. The Lord said to Gideon: There are too many people. They will think that they won the battle by the strength of their own numbers. Gideon said to the people, "Those of you who are afraid, go home." 22,000 went home. Hmmm!!!
That left Gideon with only 10,000 men. The Lord said: there are still too many people. Take them down for a drink. Those who kneel to drink, send them home. Hmmm!!! Gideon was left with only 300 men.
Gideon was told to get inside the Midian camp at night, to check it out. So, the second thing to do is to check out the enemy. Their size, position, weapons, etc.
The third thing is to have a strategic plan. In Luke 14:31 Jesus said:
 "Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?"
Gideon's 300 against innumerable odds is not conducive to victory, unless you have an infallible plan. God's plan is infallible!
The founders of our nation were up against a seemingly impossible situation. They had to know that the Lord would give them the victory. The enemy was well trained, well clothed, well armed, and had money. How could they lose?
The answer is found in the meeting of the first Continental Congress, on Wednesday, September 7th, 1774, at 9 o'clock A.M.  Reverend Duche' was called upon to give Scripture readings and prayer. John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail, provides additional details of that time of prayer. Reverend Duche', after reading several prayers, unexpectedly struck out into an extemporaneous prayer that lasted for about ten minutes, and filled the bosom of every man present.
Continuing, John Adams said, "I must confess, I never heard a better prayer  or one so well pronounced with such fervor, such ardor, such earnestness and pathos, and in language so elegant and sublime for America, for the Congress, for the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston. It had an excellent effect on everybody there." The prayer that day lasted three hours. It was said that George Washington and Patrick Henry never arose from their knees during the whole time. It was also mentioned that the reading of the 35th chapter of Psalms that day, gave them the courage that they could defeat their enemies.
Back to Gideon. Gideon told his men to follow his example: They had their shofar, in one hand and a covered torch in the other hand. They surrounded the enemy by standing on the mountainside, and when Gideon gave the signal, they broke the covering of the torches, and blew their shofars, and shouted "the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon." The army of the Midianites awoke, and was so confused, that they started swinging their swords in every direction, and killed many of their own men. The enemy was scattered, and were eventually defeated, by calling in additional troops.
Through the centuries, there have been stories of heroic deeds by men of valor. We are here today to honor those of long ago, as well as those who are serving us today. During the Revolution in America, a number of men stand out: George Washington, John  Adams, Thomas Jefferson,  John Hancock, Ben Franklin and others. Today, we are told that the Founders were atheists, agnostics, and deists. NOT SO!!!!
Fifty two of the fifty six men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Protestant church members. Twenty seven of them (over half) had seminary degrees. They could have just as well have been pastors of churches!
Let's not forget one of the most important, yet virtually unknown men: Haym Salomon, a Jew. He was captured by the British, and thrown in prison. His wife managed to scrape up enough money to bribe the guards, and in the dark of night, a cloaked figure came and whisked him away, before they could hang him on the next morning. Haym Salomon helped finance the war. But he did more. He gave his health, his comfort, and finally his life.
Our country's Revolution was fought by farmers, merchants, preachers, their congregations, and others. Today we are also in a war. This war is not only spiritual, but cultural, and political. And, frankly, we are losing. Unless we understand that we must get involved, we will no longer have a free country!
Nathan Hale gave his life for our country. His last words were: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Now, let's listen to Nathan Hale's nephew: "I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do, and with the help of God, I will do."
The Motto that God gave me last year was this: "One man, with the fire of God in his bosom, can change the world." I believe that. God has shown it throughout history. Listen to Samuel Adams: "It does not take a majority to prevail, but an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of liberty in the minds of men."
Listen carefully to the words of his appeal: "Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for 10 years. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances (complaints) have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne... An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, Sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week, or next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty and in such a country as that which we possess are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, Sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave... Gentlemen may cry peace, peace--but there is no peace! The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!!!" -Patrick Henry's  speech was before the Virginia House on March 23, 1775.
What is the practical application of today's lesson? Like Gideon, you may think that you are insignificant, a nobody, but through the power of God, you can do the impossible!
If my memory serves me right, the motto of World War II was, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"
Jerry Rutherford is the Founder and President of World Changers. World Changers is an O.N.U.G. USA alliance partner. Their Mission is: To restore personal and national integrity, morals, ethical standards, and direction to the United States as envisioned by our founding fathers in personal correspondence, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Holy Bible. For more information, please visit them on the web at: