Rise and Shine August 2017

Early Morning Prayer & Praise

Edition: 5th August 2017

Topic: Moving Forward – Destiny is Calling

Bible Scriptures: Judges 6:1-24

What has God called you to do?
Who has God called you to be?
In Judges 6, Israel is living under oppression from their enemies, the Midianites. A young man called Gideon is hiding from the enemy in a winepress, threshing wheat.
 ‘And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valour!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?… 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?” (Judges 6:12-14)
When the angel calls Gideon a ‘Mighty man of valour,’ he is calling him by his God-given identity.
In the Bible, a given name is often synonymous with a God-ordained identity or destiny.
The name Gideon means ‘cutter down’ or ‘destroyer’, and Gideon is destined to be a leader who, with God’s help, overthrows Israel’s powerful enemy.
Gideon, however, sees himself differently—as insignificant and powerless. As a result, he is living in fear and weakness.
The angel’s pronouncement of Gideon’s identity and destiny sets in motion a chain of events that propels Gideon out of hiding and into history.
What can we learn from Gideon our Identity and Destiny
God Himself Initiates our Identity and Destiny
‘For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.’ (Eph 2:10)
God steps into Gideon’s normal, everyday life and announces His intention for him.
God’s purpose for our lives is not our own good idea of what we would like to be or do; it is His plan for us.
God’s destiny for your life will be consistent with the way He has wired you. It may be helpful to consider the clues He has given—your unique experiences, passion, abilities and spiritual gifts.
But don’t limit God by over-defining these things. Remember—He took Gideon by surprise and may have some surprises in store for you too.