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Maynard's Musings

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.  When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." Judges 6:11-12.

     Ephesians 5:1 says "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God".  The word "as" is the key word in this verse.  It could mean "in the same way as" or "just like".  So we could say that we need to be imitators of God "in the same way as" or "just like beloved children". To get a better understanding we need to have some idea as to how beloved children act.  Then you live or act as you believe they would live or act.  As a child of God, you are not bound by what you've been or even by what you are now.  In God you have the power to live as you are not, or, to say it another way, to live as you are not yet to be.  The angel of God in Judges 6 called Gideon to a higher standard with the title of Champion.  At that moment he wasn't a champion because he was hiding for his life.  As we follow the story we find he became a champion.  Do not be bound by what you think you are.  Instead, live as if you are that which you are to become. God has empowered you to do great and mighty things. Walk in that power.

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