Tag: Obedience

Don’t Underestimate Your God Given Potential

Gideon Blog

It’s one thing to speak an encouraging word to someone in passing, but it’s another to call their God given potential out before they can see it in themselves.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life who have called me to courage before I even knew what was coming.  They saw the potential God has for me and were brave enough to tell me about it.

I think we can start calling others to courage by not underestimating the potential God has given us.


Growing up in church I had always known that God had a plan for my life even though I couldn’t exactly bring myself to trust His word and believe what God says about me.

Gideon was someone who witnessed God’s courageous calling for his life firsthand.  In Judges 6:11-16, we see Gideon’s story begin to unfold.

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”    

Judges 6:11-16 NLT

I love Gideon because I see so much of myself in him.  He was taken by surprise when the angel appeared in verse twelve calling him a “mighty hero.”  As I was praying in preparation to write this message I couldn’t help but think of all the times where I’ve been surprised by what God has called me to do.  I can totally relate to Gideon’s current perspective of the situation.  We’ve all had times where we feel weak and unequipped to fulfill the calling God has given us.

God knew Gideon was going to be a bit surprised by his calling that’s why He sent the angel to declare that truth over him.  God does the same thing for you and I.


I’ve walked through many seasons of life where I have known and sensed the Sprit pulling me in a certain direction.  As much as I trusted Him there was still a  tiny part of me that was doubtful.  Feelings of insecurity and insignificance flourish in our moments of self-doubt.  Satan adores our weakest moments.  I don’t want to assign false thoughts to Gideon in any way, but I can just imagine those feelings of doubt were starting to weave their way into Gideon’s mind when he replies with Judges 6:15:

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

I can’t even tell you how many times I have told God this same thing.  It starts when those feelings of insecurity and insignificance flourish in self-doubt.

In verse sixteen, the Lord says to Gideon:

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”  I just LOVE that this was God’s response to Gideon because that’s His response to me in the midst of my self-doubt.

P.S. The rest of Gideon’s story is amazing in the way he trusts God to defend his army against the Midianites!  Check it out in Judges 7!

I want to close by reminding you of three key points we can learn from Gideon’s story:

  1. We must not underestimate the powerful potential God has given us.
  2. Trust His calling in your life even when it catches you by surprise.
  3. Feelings of doubt and insecurity flourish in moments of self-doubt.

Are You Willing?

Willing  Have you ever wondered what our circumstances or the situations we are given in the flesh really mean?  What’s the purpose of the pain and frustration?  I can identify with these questions in my own life and I’m sure all of us have asked the same of Jesus at some point along the way.  I found an interesting quote from Christine Caine that reads: God does not ask, “Are you capable?”  He asks, “Are you willing?”  From the moment I read it its sheer simplicity left me in awe before my beautiful Savior.

The Apostle Paul provides such great wisdom and insight into the reality of having a willing spirit in the midst of unwilling flesh.  We find Paul’s personal application of this in 1 Corinthians 12 where he talks about his revelations from God along with his thorn in the flesh.  In the beginning verses (v.1-4) Paul basically says that he was taken up into paradise and the reality of what he experienced was too great to be expressed in words.  As he continues writing we learn that Paul only wants to boast about his weaknesses because he doesn’t want anyone to give him credit for the things he didn’t do. (v. 6-7) I can see this reflection of Paul’s attitude in my own life because I never want myself or others to take the  credit for something God has done in and through me.  My question for you is this: Have you ever given  a certain person or situation credit for something God has done for you?  I have been there myself.  Most often I can remember a season of my life where I was giving Satan acknowledgement for the things I had been blessed with rather that the God who created and formed me in my mother’s womb!! (Jeremiah 1:5)  I was doing this for years with my disability and didn’t even recognize it because I was so blinded by the Enemy.

Looking back on that season of my life I can see where Satan wanted me to only feel sorry for myself and view having Cerebral Palsy as the end of the world whereas God paints a totally different picture.  My favorite part of Paul’s testimony of his thorn in the flesh are verses 8-10 which say, Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.  Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (New Living Translation)

Although it is unclear exactly what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was, I’m pretty sure he probably asked the same questions we’re asking as Christians today.  Nevertheless, God knows that we are strong enough to handle the situation or circumstance He has given us or it wouldn’t be ours.  God’s question for us all is “Are you willing?”

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

A Holy Hope

a holy hope  When we hear the word hope in the world today it’s most often associated with the things we can’t see.  Interestingly, Meriam-Webster defines hope as a transitive verb meaning “to desire with expectation of fulfillment.”  The second definition is “to expect with confidence.” (Meriam-Webster, 2015) The more I continue growing in Christ, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that the worldly definition of hope and what God says about hope sometimes tend to contradict one another.  You see, even though the world wants us to be hopeful in the life it can become very easy to hold on to the hope but lose the “expectation of fulfillment” as the definition states.  So, the next obvious question to ask here is what are you and I placing our hope in?  If your answer isn’t Jesus, I would strongly encourage to consider changing it because although God desires for us to have hope while we’re here on earth, that hope shouldn’t come from the things of this world, it should come from Jesus Christ.

If you have any doubts about what I’m saying let me encourage you to read a passage from Luke’s gospel.  In Chapter eight (v. 43-48) we read the story of a woman who has suffered from bleeding for quite a few years.  Although it’s unclear how many years she had been suffering I can only imagine how worn she must have been from her circumstances.  If we’re honest everyone is probably worn to a certain extent because that’s just how this life is. Furthermore, what I admire most this lady is the fact that she wasn’t placing her hope in the world, but she placed it in Jesus.  She believed and knew that He was the only one who could totally heal her because her faith allowed her to see beyond her physical circumstances and the current reality before her.  In the last three verses of her story (46-48) we witness he faith turning into action when she actually touched Jesus.  But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”  When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”  I want to have the faith of this woman.  A faith where absolutely nothing can separate me from Him including a disability!

I would’ve given anything to have seen the look on her face as she stared into the eyes of her Creator as she was healed.  How exciting!  There are a few verses from Romans that I would like to leave with you about having faith in Christ and it’s my hope and prayer you’ll be encouraged by these words today!

 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:3-5 (New Living Translation)

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.


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