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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Only Be Strong And Courageous

Judges 6: 14 - 16, Then the Lord turned to him and said, "I will make you strong! Go and save Israel from the Midianites! I am sending you!" But Gideon replied, "Sir, how can I save Israel? My family is the poorest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least thought of in the entire family!"  Whereupon the Lord said to him, "But I, Jehovah, will be with you! And you shall quickly destroy the Midianite hordes!" TLB
When I read this passage, it reminded me of a principle that Jesus taught His disciples about servants. He said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Generally, a true servant doesn’t see themselves as great. However, it seems to me that God has established a track record in the Bible of looking over people who were famous or of a grand stature. Instead, He would pick candidates whom we would think were the least likely to serve Him.
Gideon struggled deeply with a lack of self-confidence because of his “standing” in his community and family. Even so, when God looked on Gideon, He saw a mighty man of valor, a man of strength, ability, and force. We know from the story of David that God doesn’t look on the outward appearance of a man or woman; He looks on their heart. Consequently, when God finds a person who may be considered the least of the least, but, nevertheless, he has the heart of a servant-leader or is a warrior of righteousness, He calls them into service.
You may be reading this today and saying, “I can so relate to the way Gideon felt.” When we struggle with a lack of confidence, and we can only see our weaknesses, then we need to allow God to speak His Word into our heart. God saw the hidden potential in Gideon and spoke what He saw into Gideon’s ears. We’re told in Romans 4 that God calls those things that are not as though they were.
Like Gideon, when we see what we’ve been called to do for the Lord, we can certainly be overwhelmed. Even so, we must understand that God doesn’t call us to serve Him in “our” strength, but “His” strength. This is the reason why the Lord could call Gideon a mighty man of valor and why He had full confidence that Gideon could finish all that God had instructed him to accomplish. The Lord knew that Gideon would fully rely on the presence of God and in the Words that He had spoken over him.  Gideon was assured of success because he knew that God was with him. When you and I have God’s presence and God’s instructions, we will also fulfill the purposes of God; and we will be victorious like Gideon was against the Midianites. With God all things are possible! It all begins with that first step of faith. ..Only when you step out will you know that God is truly with you.
Walking with God,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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