Judges 6:12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.”
At the time the angel of the Lord came to Gideon, Gideon was not the mighty man of valor the angel declared him to be. But God had seen the future; what Gideon would become. At the first, Gideon struggled seeing himself as God did, but came to see that, with God – all things are possible.
You and I cannot see into the future. We must trust God for where He takes us and what it is He desires for us to do. I want to pass on a challenge of what God challenged me with this morning.
“Am I becoming more the man of God He saved me to be… the man of God He desires me to be?”
We are each gifted and talented to fully become what God intended. God saw it before He created us.
Romans 9:20 “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?”
We desire something other than what God saved us for; what He designed our life to be. We fight and delay to obey. We resist and try to convince God He would be better off with our choice rather than His for our life.
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
We see the mold God designed for our life and we balk. We resist saying,
“I could never be that!”
Ne’er a truer word has been spoken!
You and I cannot be what God desires by the power of our flesh. We feel we must conform ourselves to be what it is God wants us to be. The true transformation takes place when we fully give over to allow God to become God in and through us.
God even gives me the faith to be what I, in the flesh, cannot achieve.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Becoming what God wants me to be comes down to a simple axiom that John the Baptist put forth:
John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Becoming what God desires for us means going through the door of utter humility and leaving who we think we are and who we think we want to become behind. Our flesh wants so to be for God when He desires to be God through us.
Paul fought with this principle and won with this truth:
1 Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
Once our flesh comes alive, it desires to overtake the spirit. Which part in us that is most alive is that one that controls us. Feed that part which you know will do that which pleases God and we will find that becoming the man or woman of God is much simpler than we first believed.