The “Least likely” Maturing in the faith

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And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritence among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32)

“Why me Lord?!” Almost always our first response to God in our season of circumstance, And yet, 66 book of the Bible give more than enough reason to respond, “Why Not me?!” In my contemplation, I am lead to look at three area that impact my faith and maturity in Christ; How I see myself, How others see me, and What I might look like if… Let’s track together and see what the Scriptures reveal anout our disciplines in this area:

Gideon is called: (Judges 6:11-12) The Angel of the Lordcame, and sat under the oak that was on Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Albiezrite. His son Gideonn was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: The Lord is with you mighty warrior.

“Gideon” A military general, judge and Prophet called to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites, and to turn them from their idol worship of Baal, back to God.

God will use the most unlikely to accomplish the greatest tasks. Why? Our inferiority to God. (Isaiah 55:8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways” This is the Lord’s declaration.
We doubt our worthiness and capabilities: (Judges 6:14-15) The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you? 15 He said to Him, “Please Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.
Others are not convinced: (1 Samuel 17:33) 33 But Saul replied, “You can’t go fight this Phillistine. You’re just a youth, and he’s been a warrior since he was young.
Even Moses doubted his ability to finish what God Almighty had already ordained.
.. But you’ve been conditioning all along for this moment: (1 Samuel 17:33-34) David answered, “Your servant has been tending your father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock 33 I went after it and struck it down and rescued the lamb from it’s mouth.
Samuel, son of Elkanah, and Hannah; His appearance was certainly a divine appointment: (1 Samuel 1:27-28) I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked for, 28 I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord. Then he bowed down in worship tp the Lord there. At a very young age, Samuel served in the tabernacle long before being called to his kingship. (1 Samuel 2:18) The boy Samuel served in the Lord’s presence and wore a linen ephod (hip length sleeveless garment). His dities included making certain the menorah (lamp stand) remained lit until the sun rose, and opening the doors to the tabernacle.
In all instances, None knew where their paths would lead and the impact they wotld have. Gideon doubted, David was seen as inferior and incapable to complete the assignment, Moses was both, and Samuel had no clue of what God had instore. The common thread was their obedience to move pass their limitations, and through their circumstance to ultimately become champions of their faith. The season you’re in is conditioning you for your next assignment.

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Author: guitartist858

Aloha Everyone! My name is Arthur ”Art” Olinger and this is my attempt to share my story. I’ve been touched and reclaimed by the Lord not many years ago when I was at the lowest in my life. The Lord came to where I was, lifted me up, dusted me off, and said. ”I got this.” Since then, I’ve been on this quest to know who this God is that He would care so much about me. I dug in immediately and began searching the Scriptures and any material that would reveal Him to me. I’ve come to realize that this is a lifetime endeavor as God reveals Himself in bits and pieces and cannot fit in any book. My prayer everyday, is that this hunger would continue within me, and that my pains will be my ministry to those the Lord puts in front of me. O o’e I’o! “He is God”