The Word – Unqualified.

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I had already started writing a post, but knew in my heart that it wasn’t for today.
So when I woke and read about Gideon, I knew that was the jackpot!

Gideon was unqualified.
I am unqualified.

Judges 7: 12
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

I first laughed when I saw this sentence. Mighty gini? “Mighty what?”

If you’ve ever read about Gideon, then you have an idea of what I mean.

When you read on, you’d see Gideon’s reply in verse 15
“But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Isreal? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family.”

Gideon wasn’t only from the weakest clan, he was also the unqualified one in his family.
This reminds me of David.

Did you know that all the brothers of David we asked to sanctify themselves before coming to Samuel?
They were clean and well-shaven. Even Samuel was convinced that it was the first son that was the next King.

God picked non of the sanctified ones.

When David; unshaven and probably smelling of Sheep stepped in, God chose him.
Yes, Samuel anointed him with the oil and God did not ask David to purify himself first.

Oh, how unqualified he was!
Just like Gideon.

The Summary of Gideon’s story is that he became a mighty warrior.
Gideon the coward became a warrior when God met him.

But, that’s not even what’s most interesting.

Judges 7:2-3
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her.
…So, twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

Even when Gideon had 32,000 thousand Soldiers with him, the Midianites were probably still more than them o.

Verse 12
The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the sea-shore.

That was what what written about those Gideon was to fight against.
God then said they (the Isrealites) were too many.

Shouldn’t He be advicing Gideon to get more men because 32,000 men couldn’t fight their opponents?

Later, 10,000 men remained and God said the same thing- they’re too many.

I’m sure the men must have been thinking Gidoen was hearing from the devil and not God, still he obeyed.

He obeyed…till his men remained 300.

You read that right…from 32,000 soldiers to 300.
When it’s not as if it is child’s play they’re going to do there. Abi? (Right?)

You’d have to read and meditate on Gideon’s story for better understanding.

Verse 22
When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.

Isn’t it interesting that God didn’t even need the strength of the 300 men to give Gideon victory?

All they did was blow trumpets and their enemies killed themselves.
It must have been interesting to watch. Like action movie!

But Gideon wasn’t always brave, he asked God several silly questions.
However, his obedience was what brought the victory.

 

Do you feel like Gideon?

From the weakest clan and then, least in the family…
I sure do feel like him!

That’s why I love this song that says-“Help me to see me the way you see me…I see where I am Lord, you see where I shall be. Open my eyes, help me believe I am what you see!

Gideon didn’t even know who he was when the angel called him “mighty.”

Maybe God is calling you something outrageous too, and you’re looking back and wondering who He’s talking to…
He’s talking to you!

He’s calling you mighty because He doesn’t see like you see.
He doesn’t see your present circumstances or family background.
He doesn’t see your age or school certificates.
He doesn’t see your disabilities or failures.
He doesn’t see your economy or social status.

He sees you as Mighty!

I love that before battle the people shouted- FOR THE LORD AND FOR GIDEON!

God doesn’t want you to doubt the fact that it was Him who did it all.
So, He’d strip you of your 32,000 soldiers (whatever that represents in your life).

He’d leave you with 300. You might think it’s too small, but remember this is “FOR THE LORD AND FOR (INSERT NAME.)”

“I am what you see” by Bishop Paul Morton will be on replay today.
I’d need it for days when I feel unqualified, like today.

I was telling a friend about the book God had asked me to write. As we talked, she said I write well, but she didn’t particularly see me as an Author.

Me too o! Me too!
I was ‘comfortable’ writing posts and getting few comments once in a while, but writing a book- I no see am! (I didn’t see it)

It reminds me of our crossover service in Daystar. Pastor Nike specifically said that many of us have written goals for the year, but she sensed that God will surpass all goals!

I am one who loves to write things down, but not once did I put writing a book into any of my journals.
Indeed, Lord, help us to see ourselves the way you see us!

Let our shortsightedness not keep us away from all the things you have in store for us.
Lord, we pray that we move from comfortable places! Help us to cherish our calling over comfort.
We are small in our own eyes, but open our eyes and minds to be receptive of your instructions. Help us to obey and give us divine provision for everything you place in our hands.
Strip us of everything that represents ‘32,000’ and help us trust you with our ‘300’.
Amen.

Here’s the lyric of the song I talked about. I’m sure it’d bless you.
Title- I AM WHAT YOU SEE
VERSE
HELP ME TO SEE ME
THE WAY YOU SEE ME
SOMETIMES I SEE PAIN LORD
WHEN YOU SEE VICTORY
I SEE WHERE I AM LORD
YOU SEE WHERE I SHALL BE
OPEN MY EYES, HELP ME BELIEVE, I AM WHAT YOU SEE

CHORUS
YOU SEE ME VICTORIOUS
YOU SEE ME FAITHFUL
YOU SEE ME BELIEVING
THAT YOU ARE ABLE
YOU SEE ME REJOICING
THAT I HAVE SURVIVED
OPEN MY EYES, HELP ME BELIEVE, I AM WHAT YOU SEE

VERSE AGAIN
HELP ME TO SEE ME
THE WAY YOU SEE ME
SOMETIMES I SEE PAIN LORD
WHEN YOU SEE VICTORY
I SEE WHERE I AM LORD
YOU SEE WHERE I SHALL BE
OPEN MY EYES, HELP ME BELIEVE, I AM WHAT YOU SEE
VAMP
OH, OH, OH, OH, OH

I AM HEALED
I AM FREE
I AM WHAT YOU SEE
I AM WHAT YOU SEE

I AM WHAT YOU SEE
I AM WHAT YOU SEE

OPEN MY EYES, HELP ME BELIEVE, I AM WHAT YOU SEE


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Love always,
Mobolaji.

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