Read Judges 6-9

In the story of Gideon God says peace to Gideon at the VERY START and Gideon calls that place, wait for it… peace. After Gideon engages in the battle and WINS the war against the Midianites ultimately he brings peace to the land for 40 years.
What God said to him, he received and brought it to the people.
Gideon did not choose this honor for himself it was appointed to him.
Jesus doesn’t exalt himself either when the Father says today you are my son— the amplified Heb. 5:5 So too Christ did not glorify Himself so as to be made a high priest, but He [was exalted and appointed by the One] who said to Him, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN (fathered) YOU [declared Your authority and rule over the nations]”

Authority and calling are God appointed.
In the next chapter we see Abimelek wanting authority rather than receiving the gift of being appointed or called to authority.
How ruthless he had to be because the hand of God was not upon him.
Matt 23:12

Jesus speaks of our heart posture as people of faith. We are to be HUMBLE, MEEK, AND GENTLE SERVANTS.

SHEEP Servants humbly expecting eternal promise! Yes the Lord is my Shepherd.

Matt 23:8-12
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Lord we pray for the redirecting of our affection to Jesus, the good SHEPHERD. We know all authority has been given to Jesus!

What you say Lord, stands.
Jesus, our Rabbi.
Jesus, our Teacher.
Jesus, son of the Father.
Jesus Messiah our instructor.
Jesus the faithful servant of God.

Facedown we worship. 😭

1 Peter 5:2-3 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

1 Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

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