Thursday, 5th January 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-8 Take the First Step Out
Gideon was no longer Gideon; he changed his name to Jerubbaal. But he was still afraid, he still wanted a lot of people to go with him. When God revealed to him that there were too many people following him, he took the first step of faith and told those fearful to turn away, so twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. Then God told Gideon there were still too many people, so again, by faith, Gideon took another step. At the end there were only three hundred people left.
The three hundred people would not have imagined that they were the ones, who saved all Israel. Do not think that when God chose us, we are only used by God in little things, but to know that when God chose us, He can use us to save all people! God wants to partnership with us and to work with us, and we must respond by taking the first step. It may not be comfortable, and we may not feel we are ready, but when we take this step of faith, we will see how God works with us.
Section Two V9-14 Experience God
We must listen to the Word of God, when we hear, then we will have the strength to continue this path. God did not need us to do a lot of great things for Him, He wants us to listen, to hear what He will tell us, then we will have the strength and boldness. What Gideon saw was an impossible mission, but God only wanted him to take a step at a time. Often we will be facing things that we cannot imagine, it seems difficult and scary, but can we believe that God has already prepared for us? Do not be influenced by the people around us or the environment, but know that when we hear, when we believe, when we step out, then we can experience God greatly.
Section Three V15-25 God Unites with Men
Gideon chose not to see what was in front of him, the enemies, but he chose to fix his eyes on God. Do not let the problems and difficulties around us stop us seeking God and believing in God’s guidance. When we are willing to walk into the destiny from God, then we can see God unites with us to be the bigger influencer! 300 men of Gideon was enough to do greater and unimaginable things for God. It was not by their own strength; they were only doing what God wanted them to do. Furthermore, they influenced more people to walk on this path of victory together.
2023 is a new year for us to experience God more and more. Let us leave all the fear and defeat in 2022 and enter this New Year with hope. God wants to use us to influence more people, we can arise and shine for God, and the victory will belong to us.
士师记 7 – 兴起发光 反败为胜