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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“I will be with you,” God told Gideon, and God promised to give him the strength he needed to overcome the opposition. In spite of this clear promise for strength, Gideon made excuses. Seeing only his limitations and weaknesses, he failed to see how God could work through him.
Like Gideon, we are called to serve God in specific ways. Although God promises us the tools and strength we need, we often make excuses. But reminding God of our limitations only implies that he does not know all about us or that he has made a mistake in evaluating our character. Don’t spend time making excuses. Instead, spend it doing what God wants. (NLT)
Judges 6:11-18 – Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hid the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as I you were fighting against one man.”
Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.”
The Lord answered, “I will stay here until you return.”
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)
Kenneth Avon White (Tennessee) titled his story “SAYING ‘YES’;” here is a portion of Kenneth’s story:
“. . . Scripture is filled with ordinary people called to do extraordinary things. . . . God often selects the not-so-willing and makes them capable.
“At times, we all experience anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and doubt. But a renewed sense of God’s presence within us gives us extraordinary abilities. When God calls us to take a job, to start a ministry, to extend a helping hand, we can rest assured that God also gives us the power, ability, love, and self-discipline to accomplish the task.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God gives me courage to do new things.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for creating us to have an impact on the world. We ask your help as we take on new challenges. Amen.
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