Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fleece Faith

Judges 6:36-40New King James Version (NKJV)

The Sign of the Fleece

36 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
New King James Version (NKJV)
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The concept of faith is believing in the impossible when the possible is not available. As believers today, we have the Word of God and His Spirit which guides our faith every day. Sadly, many Christians still live the life of  the Gideon Faith. Gideon had a weak faith, maybe due to his insecurities;nonetheless, he needed to be reassured about God's purpose for his life. He asked God to show him a sign and God through his patience obliged. Gideon did grow up and began to trust the Lord for his life, but He had to see for his own eyes first. 
Many believers walk in this Gideon like faith. It is a lazy faith and in some cases has become a superstitious faith. " If God makes the fleece dry then I will believe."  This is called Fleece Faith. Fleece faith puts conditions on God and allows the believer to stay immature in their walk with God. How many times do immature believers put conditions on God? " God give me a sign that my missions trip is your will." How many decisions are made by immature christians based off of their fleece like faith?
Signs of Having A Fleece Faith:
1. A limp prayer life.
2. Ignorant of the Word.
3. Lack of a Bible study life.
4. Lives more off of chance.
5.Needs a sign in order to follow God.
Jesus said something about those who seek for a sign.

Matthew 12:39New International Version (NIV)

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
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We can't afford to have Fleece faith in today's word. We need to have an unshakeable faith and a faith that is mature. It is important that believers simply grow up in the Lord and trust in His goodness.
Overcoming Fleece Faith:
1. Have a continous prayer life.
2. Become a scholar of God's word.
3. Simply know his will for your life.
4. Draw closer to God.
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