Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In Your Strength (Day 9-ish)

'fearless' photo (c) 2011, Edith Soto - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/


Judges 6:14 "The Lord turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have..."

This verse popped out at me as I read it last week. Go in the strength you have. Isn't that what we do? Isn't that where the fear comes from?

Going and doing things in our own strength?

We know how weak and small we are and the tasks that God is asking us to do seem large or impossible.

But,  yet God didn't mean for Gideon to win this battle by himself. Nor does he mean for us to as well.

God dwindled Gideon's army from 32,000 down to 300! That's amazing odds. And all odds were against Gideon.

When he looked at the numbers he knew he couldn't win. There was no way. He asked God 3 times to be sure he heard him correctly.

Really, God, me? The weakest in my family, whom is the weakest in the clan? Me?! You want me to deliver this nation from people so numerous they can't be counted?!

Can't you just see him pacing the floor and probably near hyperventilation as he tries to process what the Lord has just told him?

And the Lord replies, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." Jdg 6:13
 "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."Jdg 6 :14 
"Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die." Jdg 6: 23

God called him a mighty warrior while Gideon was in a near panic. He saw something inside of him that no one else saw, not even himself.

God knew that together they could do this. He just had to get Gideon to believe it too.

And he patiently does the same for me and you. We look at the outside while God looks at our hearts and knows we can be something more.

If only He could get us to believe it too.
Judges 6:34 "The spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon..."
("The Hebrew word to clothe (labash) normally  "referred to the every day act of putting on a garment." God's spirit put on Gideon like a suit of clothes." (Gideon, Priscilla Shirer))

We have this same spirit, the Holy Spirit and it is closer than our own breath. We can also put on the (spiritual) armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), that will protect us in the heat of our every day battles.

We are stronger than we realize.

If only we would realize.

As we look at our obstacles with faith eyes and with our armor on each day, we see that there is nothing that can overtake us. Nothing too big for our God.

We may be weak, but in Him we are STRONG.

Walk fearless, my friends.







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10 comments :

  1. I like that word picture of Gideon being clothed in God's spirit like a suit of armor.

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    1. I do too! It's a great mental picture for us as well.

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  2. Right?! Love the story of Gideon and really want to do the Priscilla Shirer study. How often do we sell ourselves short when it is the Maker of the Universe who sends us. You'd think He knows what He's doing, but we doubt. Thank you for these words of encouragement today!

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    1. It's been a great study, I hope you do it! I agree, I'm always selling myself short and thinking I can't do things, and on my own I can't, but thankfully I don't have to do it alone.

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  3. "We may be weak, but in Him we are STRONG." Amen. I too love the story of Gideon. And I loved that I've seen the verse you shared from Ephesians several times today. That will be the verse my husband and I read every day while he is gone. Great post, Alecia. I really love your series. Blessings to you friend. Thanks for linking up for Three Word Wednesday.

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    1. Suiting up with you, friend. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

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  4. Hi Alecia,

    I found you through 'Simply Beth Three Word Wednesday.'

    Thanks so much for your encouraging post. It really spoke strength into my heart.
    Blessings

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    1. Hi Anita! It's nice to "meet"you. I'm glad that the words you read here today encouraged you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Hi Alecia - This is the second Gideon post I've read today - both different, and both really thought-provoking - Thank you! I remember bringing an index card with the Ephesians verse into court with me when I was 'fighting' my ex for custody of my daughter... It had become a true spiritual warfare which I will one day write about - but the verse...really saw me through. Thanks for the reminder of how powerful God's word is...

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  6. GREAT message. So inspiring, Alecia. Thank you so much for spurring us on.

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