“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Edward Everett Hale
When Satan and his minions get together for a meeting, does your name come up? If it did, what would they say? Would they quake with fear at the very mention of your name and decide to increase their efforts against you? One would hope that the name of every believer would cause panic amongst the Devil’s realm. The sad truth, however, is that Satan does not know the names of most believers.
“One day the evil spirit answered them, ‘Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” – Acts 19:15
The enemy does not care how much you go to church.
He does not care if you read your Bible everyday, give to Missions, or are bursting with talent.
What does he fear?
He fears that you will realize how mighty a warrior you could be, through the power of your King, if you submit to His way and become who He designed you to be!
Hiding in a winepress from the invading Midianites, Gideon was threshing wheat when an angel appeared to him and said, “…the LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12
Gideon must have looked around to see who else was in the cave with him! Surely, the angel couldn’t be talking to him. He was anything BUT a warrior.
His whole life he had been taught to stay low, out of sight, and away from the Midianites. He knew how NOT to draw attention to himself.
But God sent the angel to ask him to leave his hiding place and take on the very enemy from whom he was hiding! Gideon was not “down” with that!
Content with being a farmer, Gideon had no secret dreams of grandeur. Gideon liked being invisible.
So, what did he do?
Gideon began to point out his flaws – as if God would be surprised by them! (Judges 6:15)
Gideon failed to see how God could ever use him, a lowly farmer.
Have you had your own Gideon-like moments?
We are all called to serve God in some way. Most of us, however, refuse to leave our hiding place. We think God could use others but that He could never use us. We, like Gideon, give God only excuses.
Have you considered how our excuses dishonour God?
Our excuses imply that God made a mistake in choosing us; that He does not know what He is doing. Many times, we forget that the same God who used a lowly farmer, a shepherd boy, a tax collector, a prostitute, and a motley crew of fishermen, certainly could use you and me – flaws and all. In truth, even before our birth, He called and equipped us to do many tasks! (Ephesians 2:10)
What was the result when Gideon stopped debating and started doing?
Gideon became just what almighty God said he would…a mighty warrior! He became Israel’s fifth judge. He defeated the Midianite army, was offered kingship by Israel, and became a member of Faith’s Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11).
When God spoke to Gideon through an angel in that dark, hidden winepress, He saw Gideon for what He would be; not for what he was.
God sees YOU in the very same way!
Mighty warrior, isn’t it time you stop hiding, stop debating and start doing?
Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders & says…
“Oh no….she/he’s awake!!”