By Kenneth E. Ware
Pastor, New Sholar Avenue Baptist Church, Chattanooga
Don’t put limits on yourself. God can use you to defeat a myriad of threatening problems. From the words of Tony Evans who has said, “If what you see is all you see, you haven’t seen all there is to be seen.” Gideon, whose name means “hewner,” went from a hewner to a hero.
Though it wasn’t easy, he had to learn to stop focusing on himself and realize God wanted to use him to deliver an entire nation from oppression. Gideon learned the secret of living by faith during a crisis. Apply these three principles to your life if you want victory over your circumstances, for “the Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.”
(1) Devote to godly reverence (Judges 6:19-24). How often do we leave and come back to God in fellowship as Gideon did (vv. 16-19)? It wasn’t until Gideon saw the Lord face to face during the Midianite crisis that his faith in God changed for better. For Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face” (v. 22). All the while, Gideon had been in the presence of the pre-incarnate Christ. You see, unless you have personal encounters with the Lord, your faith will not grow. Those who devote themselves to the daily disciplines of prayer and meditation will cultivate a godly reverence for Christ. [Read more…]