Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gideon – Mighty Warrior

Judges 6:14  The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Many of us get encouraged from the part of the above verse “Go in the strength you have”. But the key phrase is “Am I not sending you?” It is not about us in the first place, and it is all about God. It is about who is sending us. In your eyes, like Gideon you may look weak and frail, but in god’s eyes you are a mighty warrior for Him. That is all it matters. Not what you think about yourself or what others think about you matters least bit!

Judges 7:2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me’.

Sometimes, God intentionally strips people from our life, so He gets the glory. Our fallen nature will tend to boast and He knows it very well. God is not interested in numbers. He is only seeking your obedience. All you have to do is, take the first step in faith. He then, miraculously multiplies the little faith you have. He miraculously multiplies the little strength you have. He miraculously multiplies the little money you have and the list goes on and on.

Judges 7:20, 21  The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon! While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.

All Gideon needed was a pot, a torch and a trumpet. He did not need a spear, a sword, a chariot. When he and the 300 men praised God, He fought the battle for them and sent confusion into the enemy’s camp. Sometimes all we need is praise and worship. We can either whine or worship. Worship is a choice we make. We do not need clever words to manipulate people or to win arguments. We do not need great wealth to be happy and peaceful. All we need is a content heart. When the pot and torch can do the job, why need a sword? Similarly when worship can do the job, why wrestle against flesh and blood. Fight your battles on your knees with your hands lifted high and that is the only foolproof way!

“Every time you worship God something happens in the spirit realm to break the power of evil. That is because He inhabits your praises, and this means you are in His presence”. - Stormie Omartian.

Additional verses to ponder:                   
 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7- 9
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1 Cor 1 27-29

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