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What God Really Thinks About You

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Some people's opinions are more valuable than others. For instance, I can be kind toward anybody by God's grace, but I am not interested in what a totally godless, profane man's opinion is of the things of God, or even of me. I know that his orientation is completely off and he does not have the ability that is given to those who know God to see reality.

But some people's opinions really matter to me. And there is One whose opinion is my ultimate concern: God. God sees everything perfectly. His evaluations are spot-on. When He speaks I should listen even if seems contradictory to my thinking. When He tells me who I really am, I should trust His evaluation, not my own.

So, what does God really think of you? You might be surprised. When He came to Gideon, who was the youngest son in a small, unnoticed family, His greeting declared something that Gideon didn't even know about Himself. Gideon thought of himself as a coward who could do very little.

The Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” (Judges 6:12)

There were two things that startled Gideon, as evidenced by his response.

He was surprised by God's presence with him and he was surprised by the description the Lord gave of who Gideon really was. The Angel of the Lord described him as a "valiant warrior." Time proved, of course, that God's evaluation was exactly right. God was with him and he really was a valiant warrior that put a massive army to flight.

If Gideon had not been in the presence of God, he may have never seen or understood his true nature or destiny.

When you get into God's presence, what does He really say about you? Gideon was very surprised and you might be too. God may have a higher opinion of what He has created (in you) than you do.

If I were you, I'd listen to His evaluation, not the worlds. And then proceed accordingly to fight with power the battles that are before you.

Posted by Bill Elliff

Past Tense Promises

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Are you facing overwhelming odds? A near impossible scenario? Something that seems to you like an unwinnable battle? Then, learn from an 80-year old warrior today.

Joshua had just crossed the Jordan, after 40 grueling years in the wilderness. His first encounter was a city with walls so thick that four chariots could run abreast across the top and gates shut so tight that no one came out nor in. But the Lord made a curious statement to Joshua:

"See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors." (Joshua 6:2)

There is an advantage that the observant believer has that no one else possess. He is armed with the One Who Sees. Because he is united with the Father, the believer—regardless of education, status, gifting or situation—has the perspective of the One with perfect vision. Who sees time and eternity at once. To whom there is no past, present, nor future, for every moment is at His disposal.

That is why God speaks in advance of the battle to Joshua, but speaks in past tense. "I have given Jericho into your hand," He said, yet nothing had happened that Joshua could physically see. Not a finger had been lifted to even approach the city, yet God proclaimed the battle completed and Joshua victorious.

The Common Unbelief

Most men scoff at this because of their unbelief in God or their thought that the believer who trusts such a God is foolish. But it is they who are foolish not to place their dependence upon the One Who Sees.

The wise man is he who listens carefully and proceeds wholeheartedly after "every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord." This man, when arriving at his destination, finds the outcomes of his battles already determined.

In days preceding revival and the overcoming of the enemies of God, the Lord looks for men who will live in great faith and move forward with trumpets in hand.

Are you in a position to hear His voice? What does He see and what is He saying about the environment around you? Trust Him and move forward in faith.