Major League Courage

“So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than the daytime.” Judges 6:27

Gideon was afraid but he did it anyway. It took courage.

Lorraine is 98 years old and is very wise. We were having lunch and she said,

Young people today have a lot on their plates to deal with. I grew up in the desert of California. I didn’t have to think about much. I watched the coyotes, the road runners and got my exercise. I knew what was right and wrong because my mother told me, and she loved the LORD. I trusted her. Young people today don’t know who to trust.

While attending a Global Alliance Networks conference online with other pastors & ministry leaders, we listened to our enthusiastic speaker Jason Morris who founded the ministry All For Jesus. He shared with us a story of renting a large stadium in Argentina, by faith and how God opened a door to be able to share the gospel with tens of thousands of hungry listeners. This was just before COVID 19 hit our world.
Isn’t God amazing?

Our conference had many attendees who have been faithful ministers and pastors, for many many years. Jason prayed for us to not to stop working in our ministries, no matter how old or tired we were. He also encouraged us to stand firm in our faith even when things are certain to get tougher.

As he looked straight into my eyes my heart skipped a beat… He said, We need you, my generation needs you! We need passion, your wisdom, your prayers!

As if Jason’s words didn’t stir my heart enough; I just so happened to be reading Before you Quit. Doug Gehman writes… Noah was 480 years old when God asked him to build the ark and then spent 120 years building it. It is not as if Noah hadn’t already done enough especially after a worldwide disaster. But God still had work for Noah to do once he landed on dry ground and God gave him the strength to continue.

We even read where after the flood Noah had a moral failure. Ok, so that was not the end of him. God called him to repentance, and he got up, and continued.

God is calling us to get up, repent of our fears, failures and shortcomings, trust in Him and continue to pursue our walk with Him.

German philosopher and atheist Friedrich Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” There is a poignant irony here: Perhaps for a brief moment Nietzsche and Jesus agree on something!

Doug Gehman, Before you Quit

As I was taking a ride in the park, I believe the LORD spoke to my heart, “Marlene, you are in the major league now even though you are an old Rawling.”

We can pursue our fields of personal dreams, or we can pursue the LORD and His call to be His disciple. This is the only sure way to guarantee winning, especially when the innings run long or the game goes into overtime. Our afflictions here on this earth are light and temporary compared to being lost for eternity. We must not give up!

98 year old Lorraine inspires me not to give up. When I am weak I am asking God to help me get up and inspire others who are to not to give up.

Gideon was from the weakest clan in the tribe of Manasseh the Bible says. Gideon was not a coward. Courage is pressing through in spite of fear. Gideon had learned how to press. We can have courage when we know God is telling us to do what is right in His eyes in spite of what the crowd says.

Gideon did what God told him to. He tore down “his father’s” altar to Baal, and built an altar to Jehovah. Gideon wasn’t a poor man, he had ten servants. He used his influence and beliefs to influence others to do God’s work. He was persecuted but God prevailed.

The next morning the town was appalled that Baal’s altar had been torn down. The townspeople found out it was Joash’s son Gideon. They wanted to kill him and they wanted his father to lead the mob. I think Gideon’s father Joash knew his son better than the crowd. His father wisely asked the crowd, “Are you going to plead Baal’s case for him? If Baal is a god, then let him kill Gideon.” Instead of Gideon being killed, he became the one who saved their lives from the armies who were coming against them. We see him courageously defeat thousands of enemy troops with only 300 men. Gideon then led Israel, as a judge for over 40 years. Study Judges 6.

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Philippians 1:20

Blessed is our Lord Most High,
Cinderella Released Ministries
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