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A man had a car wreck and one of the large muscles in
his leg was cut.
When the surgeon sewed it back together, and the man
healed, he had to walk with a limp.

Later he went to large medical institution to see if the
problem could be corrected.
A doctor came in with a class of medical students.
The doctor examined the patient, then explained the
situation to the class.

Then he asked, "Ok, students, someone tell me what
you would do in this situation."

After a few moments of quiet, one student raised his hand.
The doctor said, "Yes, Mike, what would you do?"

Mike said, "If it were me, I'd LIMP TOO!"

Judg 11:1-9
1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour,
and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.
2 And Gilead's wife bare him sons; and his wife's sons grew up,
and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt
not inherit in our father's house; for thou art the son of a
strange woman.
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land
of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and
went out with him.
4 And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of
Ammon made war against Israel.
5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war
against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah
out of the land of Tob:
6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain,
that we may fight with the children of Ammon.
7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead,
Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father's house?
and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?
8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we
turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight
against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the
inhabitants of Gilead.
9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead,
If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of
Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me,
shall I be your head?

LIGHT from the WORD.

This is one of my favorite Bible stories because it represents
our relationship with Christ.

Jephthah was the illegitimate son of Gilead, but his father
brought him home to be raised with the other brothers.

But when Gilead died, the other brothers kicked him out
of the family.
Jephthah went into the wilderness, and raised an army.
He used his skills of fighting to earn a living fighting against
the enemies of Gilead.

Then, one day, the family of Gilead got into trouble. defeat the enemy themselves.
So they called on Jephthah to come and deliver them.
Jephthah's question: "If I come and fight your battle,
and win for you, will you make me your KING?"

This is exactly the problem with every human being!
We are all sinners, and cannot defeat the enemy ourselves!
My! How ODIOUS we must appear when we come
LIMPING to Christ for HELP!

But Christ only has ONE question for us
"If I fight your battle and win, will you make me your KING?"

Here's an important conclusion to the story:
In order for Jesus to be our Savior, He must first be our
Jesus cannot lead anyone to heaven if they will not be
willing to FOLLOW!

In order to be saved from the presence, power and penalty
of sin, we must come to Christ and allow Him to become
Lord of all that we are.

Have YOU surrendered to Jesus as LORD?
FOLLOW Him, even if you LIMP!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce