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What God Sees

published22 days ago
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What God Sees by Phil

There is a lot of talk these days about self image, having pride about this and shame about that. It's not a new problem, people have struggled with their worth ever since Eve made the first apple pie. It seems to me the best place to check our value is not from what the world or even our family says, but let's hear it straight from the source - what does God say? Let's take a journey back in time to find out... and the answer may surprise you!

The year is around 1200 BC. The Midianites and Israelites have been at war for several years, with the Midianites coming out as the clear winner. Things have gotten so bad, each time there was a harvest, the Midianites would sweep in and confiscate the best food. That's where we find our unlikely hero, Gideon.

"The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” - Judges 6:11-12

A couple of things to note here. First, many scholars believe when the term "angel of the Lord" appears in the Old Testament, it is referring to an appearance of the pre-incarnate Jesus. (I'm no scholar, but that sounds good to me!) Second, Wheat threshing was quite common in Bible times. The wheat would first be beaten or crushed, then thrown up in the air where the breeze would carry off the lighter chaff broken stalks, leaving only the wheat kernels. What was uncommon was Gideon's location - a wine press, which was often a pit dug into the ground. It's hard to find a good breeze down in a pit! Gideon was hiding out, not exactly what you'd expect from a mighty warrior. In fact, Gideon is quick to refute God's description.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

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?”

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” - Judges 6:13-15

So how does the world (Midian) see Gideon and the Israelites? Defeated. Powerless. Insignificant.

How do the Israelites see themselves (and as one of their own, Gideon)? Defeated. Powerless. Abandoned. Forgotten.

How did Gideon see himself? Weak. Powerless. Insignificant. A nobody.

But how does God see Gideon? A MIGHTY WARRIOR!

Friends, I believe that's how God sees each of us! Not because of our own strength and ability, but as in Gideon's case, because God is with us and we are sent by Him. No matter what the world says, what our family or our church says, or even what we think of ourselves, God sees the real you. You are loved by Him, empowered by Him and on a mission from Him. There is a very real spiritual battle going on and in God's eyes, YOU ARE A MIGHTY WARRIOR!

Don't listen when the enemy says you are weak, defeated, powerless, insignificant, abandoned, forgotten... a nobody.

YOU ARE GOD'S MIGHTY WARRIOR.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. - Ephesians 1:18-21

YOU ARE GOD'S MIGHTY WARRIOR.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. - 2 Tim 1:7

YOU ARE GOD'S MIGHTY WARRIOR.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. - Ephesians 6:10

No more excuses, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”


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Phil and Pam

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