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What Is Your Name?
Monday, July 21, 2014
"The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!’" (Judges 6:12, NLT)
The other day I was reading Judges 6 and verse 12 stopped me in my tracks. The angel of the Lord approached a man named Gideon and called him by the name “Mighty hero,” which he would soon become. The angel approached Gideon because God planned to use him to rescue the Israelites from their enemies, the Midianites. When the angel told Gideon of this assignment, his doubt and low self worth surfaced. He felt that the family he came from and his own personal weaknesses wouldn’t qualify him for the call to rescue the Israelites. Gideon didn’t see himself as God saw him.
Gideon’s story resonates with me so much because I too struggle with seeing myself as God does. Beliefs of not being good enough and feelings of unworthiness try to stop me from moving forward in confidence and boldness. But I’m thankful for stories in the Bible like Gideon that remind me of the truth. Although Gideon couldn’t see who he was, God saw and called him “Mighty hero.” If you continue reading Judges chapters 7 and 8 you’ll see that Gideon became exactly what God said.
Can I ask you a question? What is your name? I’m not talking about who you believe you are now, but who is God calling you to be? One of my dear friends preached her first sermon yesterday and she proclaimed that God called her “Warrior Princess.” I love that because she’s released who she believed she was and embraced who God called her to be. How about you? As you can see from Gideon’s story, it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you’ve done, or what you believe about yourself. God can still use you mightily to serve others. So I encourage you today to seek Him to find out what your real name is. Not the name that others call you or who you think you are, but the powerful name that reveals who God has predestined you to be. ~SMC
Let’s pray: Father God, I thank you for calling my name. I thank you that you’ve predestined me for greater. I thank you for the truth of your Word that transforms my thinking. Continue to have your way in me, Father. I’m available to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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