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Hebrews 11:32–What more can I say?

on July 20, 2013

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. 

Gideon. (Judges 6-8)  The Lord came to Gideon while he was hiding from the Midianites.  Gideon claimed he was from the weakest clan and that he was the least of his father’s house.  BUT the Lord said, “I will be with you.”  Gideon experienced supernatural victory in battle.

Barak. (Judges 4-5) The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, so He handed them over to the Canaanites to be oppressed for twenty years.  When they called out to the Lord for help, He tried to raise up a leader to go to battle named Barak.  But Barak was afraid, so he said he would only go to battle if Deborah the prophetess and judge would go with him.  She reminded him that he didn’t need her because the Lord would go out before him.  In the end they did get victory over their oppressors.

Samson.  (Judges 13-16)  Samson was a powerful yet prideful, demanding man whose heart was led away by manipulative, beautiful women!  He gave up the secret to his power and the presence of the Lord left him.  Samson was humbled!  He realized that he was weak apart from the Lord. When he leaned into the Lord’s strength, He received one final victory over their Philistine enemies.

Jephthah.  (Judges 11-12)  Jephthah was known as a mighty warrior, but he was also the son of a prostitute.  His half-siblings hated him, mistreated him, and eventually drove him out of the land.  When trouble came, they recognized that he was a mighty warrior and called him back to lead the people in battle against the Ammonites.  Jephthah said he would only lead them if the Lord was victorious over the enemy.  The “Spirit of the Lord was on Jephthah,” and he did indeed receive victory over the Ammonites.

David.  (1 Samuel 16)  David was a shepherd boy from Bethlehem–the youngest and least in his family.  But God chose him to be King and a man after His own heart.  At David’s anointing ceremony it says, “The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.”

Samuel.  (1 Samuel 1-3)  Samuel was a God-given gift to Hannah who was barren, yet faithfully prayed that if God would give her a son, she would give him back to the Lord.  Samuel was raised in the temple, and though he was young, he served the Lord.  The Lord came and called Samuel, and he surrendered his heart, ears and lips to the Lord’s service.  In 1 Samuel 3:19 it says, “And Samuel grew, and THE LORD WAS WITH HIM, and let none of his words fall to the ground.”

All of these great men of faith were weak in either status, stature or maturity, also socially, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually, BUT THE LORD made them strong and gave them great victories and faith!  Until we humbly realize that apart from the Lord working through us we are weak, we will not experience supernatural power and victory over oppression, sin and enemies.  Humility is the key!  When we can only boast in our weakness–God alone gets the glory!

Yesterday, I was experiencing a weak spirit.  Generally I wouldn’t put that on my Facebook status, but I did.  Even after posting I almost took it off because it felt too personal–too vulnerable.  Do you know that God used that Facebook status to encourage many people’s hearts and remind them of His strength?  God uses our weakness!!

But He said to me, “MY grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more GLADLY of my weaknessES, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are nothing, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

Don’t boast in the presence of God, but boast only in the presence of God!  It’s the difference between saying, “I’m amazing!” and “You’re amazing!”

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