I have never seen a child who did not have a bully in their life, even the bullies! It is easy to tell a child to stand up for themselves but so easily succumb to our daily “bullies”. Many times, these bullies are small things. There is a proverb that says, never judge a mosquito by its size until you have spent a night with it around. Small things have a way of bringing big problems unless dealt with. These are our “bullies”. In fighting our “bullies”, we have a choice to either see things in the eyes of faith or fear. Faith makes obstacles as small as they should be while fear only makes them bigger than they really are. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
In the book of Judges, we are told about the Israelites who had done evil had been under the oppression of the Midianites for seven years. Through this time their affliction was so bad that they hid themselves in dens and caves which were in the mountains just to seek refuge. Whatever produce they got, be it crop or livestock, the Midianites together with the Amalekites would come up and destroy all of it, leaving them impoverished. They then turned their cries to the Lord and He heard them and answered in a peculiar way through a man called Gideon.
Gideon was to lead the Israelites in war but before doing anything, he found himself in some sought of catch 22. God gave him instructions to tear down the altar of Baal, a foreign god, which his father had built and cut down the wooden image that was beside it. Furthermore, he was to offer his father’s own young bull as a sacrifice to the Lord. Gideon knew the danger these acts posed, in fact the men of the household would kill him for this, yet he understood it had to be done. So what did he do? He worked around his fear, and found a way to get the job done.
Judges 6:27 So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him. But because he feared his father’s household and the men of the city too much to do it by day, he did it by night.
Fear distorts our mission in life. Not everyone will agree with our stand and sometimes we will be persecuted, but God calls us to push regardless these obstacles. Opportunities for compromise will pop up and sometimes we can be tempted to do things halfway to avoid any tensions; however in God’s book half obedience is disobedience. In other occasions, the timing seems off and we want to hold for a little longer before doing what we had been instructed; but again in God’s perspective delayed obedience is disobedience.
The biggest setback is fear and knowing how to move despite the fear is the key to greatness. God expects full obedience, some instructions may be a little hard to follow, but we have to work around this fear and do exactly what we have been told trusting in the Lord. Despite fear, get the job done. Check out this link, quite inspiring>>>
- Greatness: You Have It in You (christoid.wordpress.com)
- Is God or Your Logic Leading You? (codyowenkelley.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.