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?  Judges 6:14

Yesterday we talked about Gideon and key #1 to spiritual greatness: See yourself as God sees you. Okay, so you are asking God for that. Now what? Go. Go wherever God tells you. Start where you are now. Begin where you are with what you have. “Go in the strength you have. I am sending you,” God says.

            Gideon says back to the angel in verse 15, “I am the least in my family.” (Like that’s a good reason for God to move on to someone else! And that might be your answer today. Get ready for how the angel of the Lord responds to that excuse.) Verse 16: The Lord answered, I will be with you. There you go. Key #2 to spiritual greatness: Go in the strength you have: God’s strength.

            Well, after a lot of making sure it’s truly God, Gideon does make a first move. And as a result, his father gives him a new name which means, “The one who contends.” He called him a warrior. If you could begin to believe God enough to go forward in the strength that you have, others will begin to see you as God sees you and confirm it. (Of course, then you have to believe them. Don’t deflect and disregard the affirmations of others. That is destructive to your life, and deadly to your spirit.)

            Here’s a New Testament version of Gideon’s story in the life of the Apostle Paul. II Cor. 1:8b-10: We were under great pressure far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope.

            You don’t have to power up, try harder to feel stronger, strive and work to become warrior-like. In places where living victoriously seems wildly impossible (and that might be where you are today), God says He has power for you to continue forward with hope. That power is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! It’s the life of the Spirit within you. You just yield. You are not the hand; you are the glove. God will live through you (Galatians 2:20). Today, you can choose to lie down, pull the blankets over your head, believe lies and make agreements. OR you can get up, begin to walk by faith, set your hope on God, and go out in the strength you have, remembering that God is with you. God will turn your weakness into strength and make you powerful in your battle.

            *Will you choose today to go out in God’s strength?

Lord, in the battles I am fighting today may I become powerful through the Holy Spirit. I choose to focus on You and stand against the lies of the enemy. Amen!

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