Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lessons from Gideon

Yesterday was the start of my summer small group at Northridge.  We are doing Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon, and she is fantastic – I am looking forward to the coming weeks.  I love the girls in my group, and it has been about a month since the last study, so it was good to see everyone again.

One of the things discussed in yesterday's study was about how everything in our life, including crisis, is either God given or God allowed.  This is important to remember because it reminds us that He is completely sovereign and always in control of all of our circumstances.  Crisis, the very place that we don’t want to be, is often exactly where God needs us to be to posture our hearts for what He has planned for us. 

My favorite part of the evening was when Priscilla talked about how the majority, if not all, of the great people in the Bible went through crisis, and the crisis was necessary to mold them into the great individuals that God needed them to be to fulfull His plan for them. This principle is true not only in the Bible…

Priscilla gave the perfect example of running on a treadmill.  When you run on a treadmill every single day, you may get frustrated as if you aren’t going where.  You run every day, but the things around you stay the same.  But what you don’t realize is that when running on the treadmill you are getting stronger and your endurance is growing – and it is exactly what God wants… to change your heart (not necessarily your circumstances) to prepare you for Hebrews 11 story.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”  Hebrews 11:1-2

Hebrews 11 is one of my most favorite chapters of the Bible.  It talks about all of the great men of faith throughout the Bible.  One of my greatest fears in life is missing out on my Hebrews 11 story.  Hebrews 11 keeps me motivated, excited, and alert about pursuing God’s plan for me, even in times of crisis.  We all have a Hebrews 11 story – we just need to live it and claim it.

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