Category: Charles Thompson

“A Real Warrior isn’t Looking at Status or Appearance.” by Charles Thompson

Boaz was a great man that saw what others did not see in Ruth.  When he found out that she was a hard and loyal worker, he wanted her to work alongside of his servant girls.  He knew that there she would be protected from possible danger from the others.  He saw something that attracted him to her.  He let her drink from his water jars during work and also eat from his own table and wanted the harvesters to leave the choice grain for Ruth to pick up.  He told his This was a sign that he developed feelings from the attraction of Ruth.  When he showed favor on her, she asked him why he shows so much kindness to her.  He let her know that he heard of her devotion to Naomi and how she left her city to be side by side with her.  He also liked how she had changed her faith over to God of Israel.  With the status that Boaz had, he could have chosen any woman (my opinion) but he chose Ruth for her devotion and hard work.  He showed great mercy and favor on Ruth to bring her in and treat her as he did.  As Christians, we should stop looking at people for their outside appearances, or status of their positions.  We should do the right thing at all times.  Boaz was a real man, a GODLY  man!  Boaz gave Ruth more than just material things, he shows his heart and spirit.  Boaz honored God when he showed how giving and generous he was without having any prejudice  towards Ruth, and all this was rooted in love.

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Strength & Honor my fellow King’s Men


Charles

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“What God Speaks Unto You, YOU ARE!!!!!” A Gideon Study by Charles Thompson

 
Just like so many of us, Gideon doubted himself.   For whatever reasons (He claimed his family was the weakest in Manasseh and also he was the youngest in his family) he felt that he was not God’s chosen one to lead an army to defeat the Midianites.  He had gone through so many defeats and failures that he didn’t believe that God would use him for this mighty task.
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He tested God, but God showed His patience with Gideon by proving to him that it was truly Him.  With this segment of Gideon’s story, I can look at my life and see where there were times that I thought, “Not me, God wouldn’t use me for this.”  Because of who I am, where I’ve been, the bad I’ve done in my life, an evaluation of myself, I ruled out GOD’s Will in my life.  I automatically figured, I have never been “THE BEST” or “THE GO-TO” guy or “THE ONE TO COUNT ON,” but God said differently.  We sometimes look at life as it is to US instead of looking at what GOD says.  We feel as, “He’s not talking about me,” well, He is.  Stop saying you cannot do something when God is telling you TO do something.  It is through Him, that ALL things are possible, we need to stop “TESTING” God and “BELIEVE” God.  Gideon was slow to believe, but once he was convinced of God’s power, he was a loyal follower who obeyed God’s instructions. He became a natural leader of men once he let go of himself and let God fill him.   
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What Gideon should have noticed is that when the angel came to him and delivered the message, the angel referred to him as “thou mighty man of valor, courageous warrior!”  Through that alone, it was written, he “IS” a mighty man of valor, a courageous warrior.  When we hear Gods voice tell us something, no matter how dim the light is, we need to receive it and believe it!  When God tells us something, He is not lying to us or playing with our emotions, He is God!
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After Gideon rose up the army, it was determined by God that he had too many men.  God told him to get rid of some of the men because if not, Israel may think it was their own might that they conquered the Midianites.  Gideon did so, he cut the army down to 300 men and his faith and trust in God was strong.  He did everything that the Lord told him to do and was victorious in God’s mighty favor.  We should look at this and see that in our lives we need to have faith in God, even when we cannot see the next step.  We have to know that when we say God is our provider, comforter, healer, etc… He truly is.  We have to live like it.  We have to kill our own self and be filled with God’s spirit.  Have faith and courage to step out on God’s word and know our Savior will deliver, just as He says He will.  The battle is already won!!!
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Once the battle is over, just like Gideon, we should give God the glory just like he did when his men wanted Gideon to be their “ruler.”  Gideon told them that him, his sons, nor his grandsons will NOT rule over them because God is their only ruler.
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“God can accomplish great things through us if we forget our weaknesses and follow his guidance.  “Putting out a fleece,” or testing God, is a sign of weak faith.  Sin always has bad consequences.”

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Strength and Honor Warriors!!!

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Charles