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Summary: Chick-fa-la has an advertising campaign that displays cows holding up signs saying “eat more chicken”. This is cute because the cows are trying to save their own lives by convincing others to “eat more chicken”. If we as Christians expect to be all God

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Strife - 1 a: bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension b : an act of contention : FIGHT, STRUGGLE

2 : exertion or contention for superiority

Midian- In the Hebrew Text means Strife.

Judges 6

1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian (STRIFE) seven years.

2 And the hand of Midian (STRIFE) prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites (STRIFE) the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites (STRIFE) came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites (STRIFE); and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites (STRIFE),

8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

As we read, please understand that you can put the name of any believer in there to replace the words, children of Israel.

Paralyzation of our FAITH is strife.

Over the years as a son of a Pastor and even as a Youth Pastor and now for the past few years a Senior Pastor, when I someone in the church that could not dwell in Unity and Harmony it hurts my heart and I can’t imagine what it does to the heart of God.

I hear of churches and people all over the country that are full of potential but people hinder the move of God.

Strife paralyzes my Faith.

It is water on the flame.

When did Strife developed?

When the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.

The only thing that really matters is the “sight of the Lord”. The Sight of the Lord is seen when no one else on earth can see.

It means they displeased the Lord. They made him disappointed.

Evil-grief, hurtful, troubled, wicked.

God looked at them and said they were causing trouble.

Listen to what the Prophet said to Israel:

9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.


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