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God’s Power Follows Your Obedience - Girlfriends in God - November 6, 2013

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November 6, 2013
God’s Power Follows Your Obedience
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him (1 Corinthians 1:27-29, NIV).

Friend to Friend

If God said, “I’m looking for a woman to help accomplish My plans and fulfill My purposes,” would you feel qualified? Not many of us would raise our hands shouting, “Pick me, pick me!”

But here’s something we must always remember: God doesn’t necessarily call the qualified, but He always qualifies the called.

When the angel of the LORD came to call Gideon to be the leader of the Israelite army, Gideon was hiding in a winepress threshing wheat (Judges 6:11-14 NIV). Now you don’t thresh wheat in a winepress. You thresh wheat by throwing it up into the open air and letting the chaff blow away and the heavier grain fall to the ground.

So why was Gideon in the winepress? He was hiding. That’s right. He was so terrified of his encroaching enemies, he was hiding. And yet, when the angel of the LORD addressed Gideon, he called him a ”mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12 NIV). That just tickles me. I imagine Gideon looked to the left and the right and asked, “Are you talking to me?”

God doesn’t see as we see. We tend to look at what we can accomplish in our own strength, but God looks at what we can accomplish in His.

Consider this:

Jacob was a deceiver.

Joseph was a brat.

Moses was a stutterer. Sarai was barren.

David was a shepherd.

Rahab was a harlot.

Peter was a fisherman.

Paul was a murderer,.

Mary Magdalene was a transformed demoniac.

The Samaritan woman was a five-time divorcee.

Timothy was timid.

Priscilla was a tent maker.

Even though they might not be who the world would choose to lead a great nation or movement, these were a few of the men and women God chose to fulfill His purposes in their lifetime through His power.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

I don’t know about you, but that fits me to a T. And here’s even better news, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). And so can you!

Let’s Pray

Lord, I don’t know why you have chosen me to do mighty works for You, but I do know this: I am not qualified, but You are. Give me strength in my weakness. Give me faith in my fear. Give me power in my powerlessness. I’m trusting You.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Judges chapter 6 and note how God spoke to Gideon’s fear. Especially note verses 14 and 16.

What is God saying to you today about what He will do for you? Click over to my Facebook page and join the conversation. Just leaving a comment and typing the words is a step of faith in itself! I’ll see you there.

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