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Mar 13, 2006

Know Before You Go

Looking at Gideon's life its amazing that in this tiny encounter, God has put in so many lessons.

When we read this same passage yesterday, we saw that God wanted to send Gideon. Today we'll see more about Gideon.

When God asked Gideon to go up and fight against the enemies and lead Israel to victory, Gideon says " But Lord , [a] " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." (Judges 6:15)

What does Gideon see himself as
  • Weak
  • Least

What does God see in Gideon

  • Mighty Warrior

So how did God know that Gideon is a mighty warrior. Now even before God assigned Gideon to be a leader for the Israelites, God saw Gideon as a mighty warrior. Watch how the angel of the Lord greets Gideon-"12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." (Judges 6:12). Was Gideon doing anything related to warfare that the angel of the Lord would address him in such a manner -NO. He was threshing wheat(Judges 6:11). God addressed him as he would become and not as he was. Even with Abraham, God started calling him Abraham (Father of a nation) much before he had his own son. God started calling him a father before he was one. In the physical, there was nothing that could be a hope for Abraham to become a father, he was soooo old and so was Sarah. However in God's eyes, nothing is impossible.

Lesson: What do you think of yourself. No matter how poorly we think of ourselves, no matter how inadequate we think we are. God thinks differently. God sees you as you will "become" not as you are. God calls us victorious, more than conquerors. God sees us as Victors. Take courage in this knowledge of God's hope for you and move on. Become a conqueror, if its a new job, conquer it. Your family unsaved, conquer through prayer. Sickness prevailing, conquer it.

"Romans 8:35-37 "35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[a] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Notice , the strength is not of us but through Him who loved us and died for us and rose again. Thats our strength. So let's take strength in our Living Lord Jesus and become the conquerors God called us to be.


Gary Wood said...

"God sees you as you will "become" not as you are." What a pleasant thought. That is a word of encouragement. Thank you.

Godzheart said...

Thank you brother Gary, this one helped me too.

God Bless you.