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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:36:42 -0600
-by Tony Langton.

Recently the Lord has impressed the story of Gideon on my heart 
in a profound way and I have been teaching from the lessons in 
Gideon's life that I have been storing in my heart. I was particularly 
impacted by noticing that when the Lord took the initiative to 
deliver His people, Gideon was hiding in the winepress threshing 
wheat, "ignoring" the Midianite enemy who was oppressing God's 
people. This is very similar to today in which the evil powers are 
stealing, killing and destroying those around us largely undetected 
or resisted as we are directed to do in James 4: 7. Resist the devil 
and he will flee from you. The enemy is largely underestimated today.

Possibly his biggest battle was in tearing down his fathers' and 
townsmens' Baal altar which was a very costly step of faith. 
Interestingly, the Midianites were actually defeated (spiritually) at 
the very point of his courageous move to eradicate this false
 religion, even before ever engaging the enemy. Often the "idol 
removal" is the act of faith that opens a door in the heavenlies for 
power to deal with outside forces and the powers of darkness that 
are gripping many of those that we love and minister to. I have 
been pondering about how I can recognize idols in my life. Here is 
one warning sign of idolatry that I've noticed: it is when anyone 
attacks, threatens to remove, or shows disrespect for something 
that has become an idol, it provokes anger and stirs us up on the 
inside. In Gideons case, his neighbors were more than aroused, 
but wanted to kill him. In my observation of a modern-day Gideon 
or two, the murder is usually done with the tongue through slander 
and gossip.

Probably Gideon could have preached against Baal worship a long 
time with only slight opposition, but it was when he decided to 
TAKE DECISIIVE ACTION and demolish false religion that his 
opposition arose becoming violent. The same will be true for the 
Gideon's of today when directed by God to take a stand against 
man-made traditions, unbiblical religious practices or any other 
idolatrous form of religion that substitutes for a personal 
communion with God. People who are involved in false religion 
will usually tolerate us holding a private position (conviction) of 
not bowing to man-made tradition and empty Baal-like rituals. 

Even some will allow a few of us to teach against religiosity without 
a major backlash. However, woe to the one who decides to 
ACTUALLY APPLY the clear teaching of the Bible found in 
Gideon's story and begin to dismantle and remove the idols that 
have flooded the church. THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BREAKS 
LOOSE! We desperately need some Gideons who will understand 
that we don't have a choice in whether or not to pull down idolatry 
in the church. True Gideon's recognize that they either destroy 
idols or the idols will come upon them. It's that simple. It's not optional.

May God raise up a Gideon band of spiritual warriors annointed 
with boldness to live out the charge given to people like Gideon as 
well as Jeremiah who was appointed by God to "uproot and tear 
down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." (Jer 1:10). 

Many today are attempting to build a proper kind of altar to the Lord 
without removing the old Baal altar first, which doesn't work. The 
BUILDING AND PLANTING comes after the tearing down.