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The Wet Fleece

  • Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken. It was so; for he rose up early on the next day, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. Judges 6:36'38 WEB.

    Gideon had a lot on his mind. He felt he had heard from God. So he tore down the pagan altar of baal and built an altar to the Lord over the spot during the night. Now all the townspeople wanted to kill him for doing it. Gideon had just met the Lord and was trying to be obedient, but it seemed like things were just getting worse. Meanwhile, enemy raiders were gathering troops to invade Israel, and the Lord wanted him to stop them.

    When the Lord first spoke to Gideon, his next thought was probably: "You are making that up." Gideon had so many questions as to whether it was actually God communicating with him. So he placed a fleece on the ground and asked the Lord to let the wool be wet and the dirt around it dry when he woke up. It was.

    Then Gideon reversed his test and asked for the fleece to be dry, and the ground wet the following morning, and it was. So even though the first fleece test was successful, Gideon wanted a second test to confirm it.

    When you hear from the Lord, it's normal for the next thought to be one of doubt like Gideon's. Jesus told us that when the word is sown, the enemy comes immediately to snatch it away (Matthew 13:19). So Gideon asked the Lord for a confirmation and then used the fleece as a test.

    In my own life, fleece-type confirmations worked when I truly needed direction, and I really didn't know if it was the Lord speaking to me. Then after I came to know Him better, they gradually seemed to stop working. It required more faith, more trust. When I am completely stalled, He may give me a sign to encourage me to take the next step, but it's rarer these days. After you have walked with Him a while, it becomes "signs following" and not "signs leading."

    We help a child learn to walk, but we expect them to walk on their own after they learn how. As we build a relationship with God and take on the mind of Christ, we begin to know when the Lord is speaking. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice" (John 10:27), and that His sheep wouldn't follow a stranger for they won't recognize the voice (John 10:5). You will learn to tell the difference.

    Don't be surprised if you pray and the Lord speaks to you in some way. When He does, you'll probably think, "You are making that up!" We have all been there, but somewhere deep inside you, you'll know it's Him. Learn to trust God. If you miss Him, He will find you. He can keep you from deception when your focus is on Him and hearing the Lord speak to you is easier than you think. One word from Him changes everything.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all You have done for me. I pray that You teach me to hear Your voice better, recognize when it is You speaking, and protect me from deception. I want a deeper, more meaningful relationship with You today. Draw me close to You, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Lord , keep me from any deception and keep me close to you Lord Jehovah! ❤️
Oct 1
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Patsy  Jerry
Patsy Jerry Amen Father God????????
Oct 2
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Praise GOD, for his word, Thank you Pastor.

Oct 1
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father teach me Your voice, my faith is in You only. Thank You for loving me.

Oct 1
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Oct 1
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Oct 1
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Yes  ..I need a closer walk with u Lord...to follow u.

Thx Pastor.  So true

God bless

Oct 1
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank You for all my Blessings.  Speak your word to me Lord. I will listen. Amen

Oct 1
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen

Oct 1
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father teach us to hear and recognize your voice.We love and worship you. Amen 

Oct 1
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen 

Oct 1
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen.  I'm so ready to listen to you Jesus!

Oct 1
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praise God, Amen!

Oct 1
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen ,God Bless always , Pastor Dion Sylvia  , and all brothers and 

                                        sisthers in  Christ our Lord . !!!

Oct 1
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Thanks, Pastor Dion for another message

of hope.

Your prayer is such encouragement.

Amen!

Oct 1
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for protecting us from being deceived by the enemy and for speaking with me

Oct 1
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Please Let Me Be Abel To Here And Know It's You Father When You Are Talking To Me Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Oct 1
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

An appropriate reminder that our God individualizes His Words to us, Pastor Dion! Lord, teach me to hear Your voice better and respond obediently. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

Oct 1
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God give me a joyful spirit Amen 

Oct 1
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to teach me how to recognize Your voice in every situation, that the first time is what I need to follow Your designs. A deeper relationship is what I need with You today and always, In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Right on point devotional Pastor, thank you and Sylvia for all your help. God bless you both, Amen. 

Oct 1
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, Lord I'm Yours forever more!!!

Oct 1
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

Oct 1
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Oct 1
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 1
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen

Oct 1
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. I trust you Lord in everything..

Oct 2