God Calls You Mighty

How Gideon’s Call To Service Will Inspire You.

Judges chapters 6 through 8 is about the life of Gideon, the man God used to lead and deliver the Israelites from the stronghold of the Midianites. I’m especially inspired by the 6th chapter as it highlights the events surrounding his call to service and how that reflects God’s unfailing love, unwavering acceptance of us and His willingness to work through us inspite of our history, fears or weaknesses.

The Israelites, as a result of their disobedience, had been living in constant fear, under the oppressive hold of the Midianites for many years. They couldn’t even farm or harvest their produce in peace. This cuts a very unappealing picture but all they could do was make the best of the situation from day to day and trust that God would send deliverance. In those days,there were no kings, just judges who presided over the affairs of the people and helped to maintain peace and order.

One fateful day, an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and informed him of his divine assignment. He was actually hiding, trying to thresh harvested wheat, away from the prying eyes of the Midianites, when the angel visited and addressed him as ‘ Mighty Hero’.

The salutation seemed so out of place because Gideon just didn’t feel qualified. It was a long conversation, where he debated his inability to do what God was calling him to do. While Gideon was stating his points, the Lord said to him; “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” This means that Gideon had immensely great potential that he didn’t know of. He was yet to discover it because all he could see were the factors working against him because of his lineage, and his limited view of himself. Here are a few more insights from Gideon’s inspiring journey from mundane to mighty:

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. Judges 6: 11

God has equipped you to confront that stronghold, not hide or run from it.

The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” Judges 6: 12

You can hide from everyone but God. When it’s time, He knows exactly where to find you.

You may be in doubt about your potentials but God isn’t.

God calls you mighty, he’s rooting for you. He knows you can do it

“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Judges 6: 13

The very things you complain about might just be indications of problems you were born to solve.

Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Judges 6: 14

When the assignment seems too big and so daunting, remember who is sending you.

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6: 15

God is more interested in your future – What you can do, than in your past – What you have done.

Your history and family background, do not determine your worth or value.

God qualifies the unqualified.

The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” Judges 6: 16

There’s one constant you can be assured of – God’s abiding presence

Redirect your focus away from limitations to possibilities and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to accomplish.

Anybody But Me….

Taking Giant Steps Even When You Feel Inadequate

Why do we feel this limiting sense of inadequacy? Why does the thought of launching out and doing all God has for us to do seem so daunting and nerve racking? Here are some very common reasons:

  • Memories of too many failed attempts.
  • Fear of criticisms and rejection.
  • Unwillingness to put in the necessary effort.
  • Not feeling good enough or worthy enough.
  • The vision seems so big, it’s scary.
  • Comfortable with the familiar and unwilling to do something new.

This list is by no means exhaustive and I’m sure we can all relate but none of these reasons are valid enough to stop us except we allow them to.

The nudge in your heart to obey God’s call may be suppressed but it never goes away. So how do you go forward to conquer when you’re weighed down by so many issues?

The key is to not look down on yourself but to see yourself as God sees you. How can you call yourself unworthy when God sent His son to die for you? It doesn’t matter the number of rejections have come your way, He has accepted you and welcomed you to the family. You are His, God has called you so it means He knows you can do it. Start believing in yourself because God believes in you. Besides it’s not about your strength, it’s about making yourself available to be used of Him. Trusting Him day by day to express His purpose through you.

Secondly, you need to take charge of your thoughts. Next time you are bombarded with self limiting thoughts, break the flow by speaking God’s promises out loud. Anytime you do this, you’re not only putting a stop to unhealthy thought patterns, you’re also ministering life to yourself because God’s word is life. Joyce Meyer put it this way, “Think about what you’re thinking about. ” Thoughts affect our emotions which automatically affect our actions. The Bible is filled with scriptures about the power of uplifting thoughts, meditate on them and let them be your truth. Let me share some of these scriptures with you :

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ- 2Corinthians 10: 5

Do not confirm to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12: 2

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1: 7

God sees your potential even when you can’t. Why? He made the deposit long before you were born so He knows what you’re capable of achieving. This is the reason why having a personal relationship with Him is very vital. The Bible records that Jesus usually withdrew by himself to pray and spend some alone time with the father. Through fellowship, you’ll be guided, strenghtened and your confidence in Him will grow. The Lord longs to give you the true vision of who you are in Christ.

Don’t allow your potential to remain a potential, turn it into something productive. You are not useless, you are useful but you can’t get much done if you don’t believe that you can. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Live Beyond The Bubble

Simple Ways To Touch Lives Everyday.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6: 2

I used to think that Northeast was so far away that I could not be touched by anything that was happening there. Many times, when I read about cases of extreme violence in states like Zamfara or Borno as a result of the activities of the insurgents, I’d shudder in fear or sympathize with those who had been affected or who still lived there, but those feelings didn’t run deep primarily because I don’t live there,and I didn’t have any close friends or relatives who did. All that has changed with news that a very close loved one will be moving to that region, Adamawa state to be precise, for work related reasons.

Now, Northeast that used to be ‘ so far away’ has become close, very close to my heart. News coming from Yola, in particular or the north in general, captures my attention and I pray about the place more. Prior to this, I felt I was just living my life and minding my business but it was just a mask of indifference.

All this has taught me a huge lesson about life and love. Oceans and vast lands; languages and cultures give definition to who we are but at the core of it all, we are all one. Isn’t that the message Jesus preached ? Love for mankind regardless of race or creed.

In error, we use our differences to create bubbles and we try our best to ensure that nothing or no one bursts our bubbles. But a life meaningfully lived cannot exist in a bubble, we are to reach out to one another and help as much and as often as is needed. The Bible tells us to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ. The true foundation of the Christian faith is love.

Our prayer life also says a lot about who we are and how much of God’s love we are willing to share. You don’t have to wait for something to happen to you directly before you feel the need to pray about it. If it has happened or is happening to someone, pray for the person regardless of whether you know them or not. Your prayers may seem like a drop in the ocean but it does make a difference, a huge difference because God is constantly seeking intercessors. It was Abraham’s intercessory prayers on behalf of his nephew that saved Lot and his household, apart from his wife who chose to look back, from being wiped out when God’s wrath descended on Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Bible tells us about the good Samaritan, who, even though he had a destination he wanted to reach, took time out of his busy schedule to care for an injured man he saw lying helpless along the road. He also gave of his resources even though he had never met the man before.

What can you and I do to close the gap and make the world a better place? I once heard a radio presenter say that the most profound way to make each day meaningful is to purposefully decide to put a smile on someone’s face everyday, especially someone who’s not even expecting it. I’m implementing it, so help me God. Near or far, somebody today, needs to feel the love of God and it won’t be right to close our hearts to the needs around us.

Boost Your Confidence With These Bible Verses

Meditate On These Scriptures For Victory Over Self Doubt.

I recently shared vital tips for victory over Self Doubt.

Today I’ve outlined related key bible verses you can read and meditate on. They will definitely uplift you as they show how God was able to encourage and divinely inspire those He had called for different purposes but who expressed fear or doubt ( or both) for one reason or the other.

• Deuteronomy 31: 6 – So be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. D your god will personally go ahead of you. He will never fail you nor abandon you. (NLT )

• JOSHUA 1: 9 – I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God and I will be there to help you wherever you go. (CEV )

•PROVERBS 3: 26 – For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. ( KJV)

• ROMANS 8 : 28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. ( NLT )

• 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 – Therefore my dear brothers and sisters. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. ( NIV)

• EPHESIANS 6: 10 – Be strong in the lord and in His mighty power. ( NLT )

• PHILIPPIANS 4: 13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.( NLT )

• 2 TIMOTHY 1: 7 – For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity; but of power, love and self discipline. ( NLT )

HEBREWS 10: 35 – So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. ( NLT)

• JAMES 1: 6 – But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave, tossed around in a storm. (CEV )

Choose faith over fear

How To Choose Faith Over Fear

Quit letting fear get in the way of living a more joyful and purposeful life.

Truth be told, this topic isn’t new but it’s still a much needed lesson because even though most of us know not to give in to fear, it still manages to creep up on us and have it’s way in the most devastating of ways.

Fear is an emotion we all feel and that’s okay because it can act as a signal to back off from certain people or situations that are dangerous but what is not okay is when we LIVE in fear, as in set up shop there.

It stops us when we should be moving forward.

It’s the reason we procrastinate or hide.

What could be more paralyzing?

Don’t get me wrong, facing our fears can be pretty difficult but if were going g to be honest here, the reason why we refuse to take the bull by the horns is not always because it’s difficult but because it’s uncomfortable. There’s just something comforting about not confronting, but the down side is that it’s so self limiting.

Looking Unto Jesus The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith…..Hebrews 12 : 2

Peter achieved an amazing feat when he actually walked on water, but that was only because he fixed his gaze on Jesus. As soon as Peter shifted his focus to the billowing wind and stormy sea, he started to drown but thank God he didn’t because Jesus quickly reached out and saved him. We are bombarded daily with news or situations that attempt to shift our focus here and there but the question is, Are you going to hold on to faith and stay afloat or sink with fear?

When I Am Afraid, I Will Put My Trust In You. Psalm 56 : 3

If you don’t want to go through life running and hiding and then regretting that you hid and ran, then you will need to be courageous. Sometimes you will never know what’s around the corner until you make that turn. Courage is going ahead to get the job done even when you feel scared or uncertain. As you take steps of faith, fear retreats.

The LORD Himself Goes Before You And Will Be With You; He Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You. Do Not Be Afraid; Do Not Be Discouraged. Deuteronomy 31 : 8

Here lies the key to victory over fear – The consciousness that God is with you always. There’s something so reassuring about the abiding presence of God. David put it this way; ” Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me “. He courageously confronted and defeated Goliath because he knew who he was and whose he was. I’m yet to find anyone who adopted David’s formula and failed. Put your confidence in God because He’s with you every step of the way. Everyone and everything may fail but His saving grace is unfailing.

DO THIS: Take Daily steps Of Faith And Watch Fear Retreat.