"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father's God, and I will exalt him!" - Exodus 15:2 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Many godly heroes have had setbacks, handicaps or poor family conditions. Numerous people in history could easily have settled for being a victim, but chose not to.
One godly hero in the Bible was Gideon. He was called by God when Israel was suffering from the oppressive rule of the Midianites. An angel appeared to Gideon, declaring, "The Lord is with you." Gideon saw his family as being the weakest in their tribe and himself as the least of his family. But when the Lord declared him a mighty warrior, Gideon made a choice. He chose to be a victor, not a victim. Following God's instructions, he became a mighty leader and eventually ruled as judge. (Judges 6-7)
Consider this …
We all have disappointments in life. Many of us have experienced unfair treatment by someone, the loss of a job or business, or even the traumatic death of someone we love. Some have experienced a serious personal illness or injury.
In every difficult circumstance, we have a choice. We can choose to be a victim, never overcoming and moving on with our lives. Or we can trust God to show us the way to victory.
Father, I thank you that I have a choice—I don't have to be a victim in any situation if I will trust you for victory. Help me remember that even when I go through difficult situations, you are with me and want to help me find victory. I don't have to be a victim—with your help, I can be a victor and move on with my life. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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