I wanted to talk to you about how God sees us. I will be teaching out of the story of Gideon in the book of Judges. Throughout our life we have either heard of or told others about the “Great Men of God” that we know of personally or have heard of. I want to tell you that there are no “Great Men of God”! Rather there are Men who have yielded to a “Great God”. We have heard of the great testimonies and supernatural feats to the point that we disqualify ourselves from ever being used by God.

          The truth is that God does not see what man sees. God see’s the heart and judges with truth. Sometimes we do not see the reality or truth of who we are. Paul make the statement that “NO ONE” knows the intent of his heart event him but God knows. Remember that the cross does not reveal your sin but your value! We see this played out perfectly with the story of Gideon. Let’s look at Judges 6:11-12…

Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.  And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:11-12)

          I want you to see the beauty of this story. Gideon who would later liberate the Children of Israel was found by the Angel of the Lord in a winepress threshing wheat! Why was he in a winepress? He was hiding from the Midianites who were destroy Israel’s harvest. This man Gideon who would conquer Israel’s oppressors with 300 men was hiding in fear. What was the Angels comments to this man living in oppression and fear? “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

           Hold up! This man is manifest fear and self-centeredness hiding to preserve himself and his harvest and the Lord calls him his “Mighty man of valor”. See sometimes the Lord will let you see what He sees. We see our failures but He sees you value. God is calling to the deep in Gideon and pulling the gold out of him. He see who we are to be in Him not who we are without Him. Wow God is so good! So let’s look at Gideon’s response…

Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”

          Gideon then responds with a classic response, “Why have you allowed this to happen… Did YOU not deliver us before…? But now you have forsaken us…!” Let’s just say God had grace on Gideon in his ignorance. Many of you today would give the same response to God. Many of us would say just like Gideon that it was God that turned from us when the reality is because of the sin of Israel God could not manifest His grace upon them. So in times of trouble we do what we do and we cry out to God to save us and we repent. God opposes the proud and manifest His grace upon the humble. The problem is we often look to God and say “What are you going to do about it!” We really are not going to like His response. It will not only take FAITH but our ACTION to destroy the works of the enemy. But in our weakness He (GOD) is strong in us. So let’s look at the Lords response…

 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”

          I love this response from God, “Go in this might of yours!” This might that I just told you about when I called you out of fear and defined you as a mighty man of valor. See when He set us free through the cross He called us out of the slavery of fear in His adoption of Sons. We have received from heaven a baptism of might, power! He has called us as His own. When Adam sinned the Lord placed an Angel around the Tree of Life that would protect it from every side. When you were called His own you now have the Tree of Life living in you and an Angel with a flaming sword on every side. You who feels insignificant while you hide in fear, He is calling you into a place of deliverance and victory. This is your time! Your moment! You must only believe like Gideon who led his people to freedom. He has liberated you now it’s time for you to believe the Faith. ONLY BELIEVE!!!

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