The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
As Christian Leaders we are in a dire need to KNOW who we are in the eyes of the Lord. The first thing that the messenger of God told Gideon is that he is a Mighty Warrior. No matter how Gideon attempted to make an excuse of who he is, the Lord ignored it and continued to speak in to Gideon; the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” Again, Gideon attempted to make himself smaller than what God has seen in him; The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Albeit, not everyone can be a Christian leader, a true Christian Warrior and Leader knows that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12). Likewise, Leaders need to know God. Psalm 46:10 has a command given by God; “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. The only way to know God is to be familiar with Him, be friendly with Him, and have knowledge of Him. When people get acquainted with individuals or folks at work, society or any other group function, both parties make an attempt to figure each other out and usually there is a two way conversation taking place.
One can find in John 17:3 that it is eternal life, that they may know God, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom God has sent. Furthermore, in Philippians 3:8-11 the Apostle Paul says “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Likewise in 2 Peter 1:2-8 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Subsequently, the emphasis that encompasses knowledge of God is in Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
“He that dwells, in the secret place of the most High.” The blessings here promised are not for all believers, but for those who live in close fellowship with God. Every child of God looks towards the inner sanctuary and the mercy-seat, yet all do not dwell in the most holy place; they run to it at times, and enjoy occasional approaches, but they do not habitually reside in the mysterious presence. Those who through rich grace obtain unusual and continuous communion with God, so as to abide in Christ and Christ in them, become possessors of rare and special benefits, which are missed by those who follow afar off, and grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Into the secret place those only come who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and those only dwell there to whom to live is Christ.
End of Part Two; Will Continue