From Weakling to Warrior. Gideon did it and so can you!


As I was talking with a friend today we discussed how the mighty men – the warriors – in the bible are no different that we are.  They were ordinary men.  Most of them had jobs, families, responsibilities, and similar every-day problems that we have to deal with today.  However, many times when we read about them or hear their stories we view them as a sort of super-hero, special breed of man who God used because of a unique ability or strength.  But one look at Gideon and it’s easy to see he was no super-hero, at least not in the world’s eyes.  He was a regular guy from a regular family doing a regular job in a regular town.  When he encountered the angel, he was not leading an army — he wasn’t even a leader in his family!  He was from the weakest of the tribes of Manasseh – and on top of that, he was the least in his tribe!   In man’s eyes he was certainly no one special and he was surely no warrior.  But in God’s eyes he was the perfect man for the job.  In God’s eyes he was already a…. mighty warrior.

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior. – Judges 6:12

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The Lord picked Gideon not because of who he was but because God knew He could work through him.  Gideon, with all his weaknesses, trusted the Lord and obeyed His direction.  Because he did, a great battle was won and God was glorified.  That seems to be how the Lord does things.  He uses people and situations that seem so helpless or hopeless that the work He does through them demands God be recognized as the Giver.

The next time we feel like we are the least of all those around us, remember that God is searching for those that He can show His power through.  Just be available and watch what the Lord can do!

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Strength & Honor.

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Rick Littreal Jr.

Battling Ego – You too are mortal


This is a repost of a daily devotion from Our Daily Bread.

Post written by Bill Crowder

When a general returned from a victorious battle, ancient Rome would stage a parade to welcome the conqueror home. The parade would include the general’s troops, as well as trophy captives who had been brought along as evidence of the victory. As the parade made its way through the city, the crowds would cheer their hero’s success.

To prevent the general’s ego from becoming unduly swollen, a slave rode along with him in his chariot. Why? So that as the Roman throngs heaped praise on the general, the slave could continually whisper in his ear, “You too are mortal.”

When successful, we too may lose sight of our own frailty and allow our hearts to fill with destructive pride. James pointed us away from the danger of pride by pointing us to humility and to God. He wrote, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). The key to that statement is grace. Nothing is more wonderful! The Lord alone deserves thanks and praise—especially for the grace He has lavished on us.

Our achievements, success, or greatness are not rooted in ourselves. They are the product of God’s matchless grace, upon which we are eternally dependent.

HUMILITY… What To Do When You Are The Most Humble Person You Know.


HUMILTY SIDE BAR

 

Do you find yourself humble?  Quite possible the most humble person you know?

Humility.

This week we will take a look at humility – what it is, why it’s important, and how God works through it.  The bible speaks a lot on the topic of humility and gives great examples of humble people doing absolutely amazing things.  And as we look at these examples we will answer questions like…

  • Does humility equal weakness?
  • How can a humble person accomplish anything great?
  • Is there a difference between humility and timidity?
  • What about false humility?
  • How do I become more humble?
  • How do I react with humility when I receive compliments for something God is doing in me or through me?

So let’s kick the week off answering the question…

What exactly is HUMILITY?

To start with,  Dictionary.com gives the following definition:

“the quality or condition of being humble;  modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.”

 

At first glance, this is not a terribly exciting definition nor does it appear to be the description of some great life, especially when you look at the synonyms for humility – lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.   Are these the characteristics of great warriors, passionate leaders, or powerful deliverers?   They seem more like a description of the losers!  The ones who run from a fight, who back down when confronted, who would much rather follow a crowd than lead one.

But, as usual, God does things differently than we expect (or even think) He should.  When we look into the bible and see what God has to say about humility, we find humility is a necessity – an activator – for the good things that God wants to do in our life.

In Proverbs 22:4, it says:

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.”

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So humility, meekness, submissiveness lead to riches, honor, and life?  How can this be?  What about grabbing life by the horns?  What about making it happen? What about going for the gusto and all that…. glory?

Apparently God looks at things differently than we do.

There is a time and place for action and decisiveness but it’s proper time and place is within God’s direction and guidance.  In the coming week we will look deeper into humility and find out why…

…it’s important not to view yourself as the most important.