Sunday Recap 7-5-09

It was good to be back teaching yesterday @ The Ridge.  We honored some special Heroes Sunday as we kicked off our “Heroes” series. We honored all of our active and retired military personnel as well as those who serve in the police, fire and EMT departments. Attendance was low because of the holiday weekend and I hate that so many people missed this special Heroes kick-off. Next week we honor the unsung heroes who teach in public, private and home school as well as all those who work in the school system. Invite one of these and join us @ The Ridge next week.

I taught yesterday on “Gideon: An Unlikely Hero” out of Judges 6-8.  It was one of those days that the message was so for ME. I really enjoyed studying Gideon the last couple of weeks. He is one of my favorite characters in the Old Testament because I can SO identify with him.  Things have been really challenging lately and what God has been teaching me personally through this study of Gideon has been encouraging. Honestly, June has been very challenging for us @ The Ridge financially…just as it has been for many churches. Yet I know that God is in control. He told Gideon to trust Him in some unlikely ways and in some unbelievable circumstances. He told Gideon, “I am with you…” Gideon was fearful and doubtful. He was reluctant, but as he took God more and more at His Word, Gideon became more confident…even though he struggled with unbelief. God was patient with Gideon. This is the most important takeaway. God was patient with Gideon because He saw what Gideon WOULD become, not what He WAS. Ultimately Gideon was humbled and he worshiped the Lord, acknowledging who the ultimate Hero is.

All of this has helped me keep in perspective, the challenges that we have been facing recently. God is in control, He is the one who will bring victory. God will save us, the Lord is with us…even when we are facing challenges that seem insurmountable. He is in control even if He is leading us into situations and seasons that don’t make sense…God will bring victory. He is the One in whom we can place our confidence…even when we are doubting and fearful.  He is so patient with us and He will use us to do extraordinary things…bringing about a victory that only He can do…if we’ll trust Him and take the Lord at His word. This is true for you too. No matter what you face, remember that God still looks at you and I, as He did Gideon, as what we CAN be, not what we ARE.

When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12

You and I can be a mighty warrior, because we can have the confidence that the Lord is with us. We must acknowledge who the ultimate Hero is…Jesus Christ…then take Him at His word and trust Him no matter what. That is what a real “hero” does.


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