Go in the Strength YOU Have!

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If we did a survey with 100 Christian women who are active in the church, I wonder how many would report that they are confident their lives align with serving God the way He planned it all along? I think about that question using my own life as the frame of reference.  I’m guilty of wanting to GO in the strength I have because it feels like there is some control, right?

We have to pause and ask the following questions:

  1. Am I being partially obedient?
  2. Am I being fully obedient?
  3. Am I being disobedient?


Take a look at Judges 6:12-14

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

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”


To give a little context here, Gideon was actually down in a winepress threshing wheat so the Midianites could not see him! He was afraid so he was hiding out to do his work. Typically, farmers would go up on a higher elevation to a threshing floor to do this task because it’s much easier and yields a better harvest of wheat.

Although scripture tells us Gideon viewed himself as the least in his family, the angel of the Lord showed up in the winepress to remind him that He is a Mighty Warrior! Gideon was told to GO in the strength he has to save Israel out of Midian’s hand. The Midianite people Gideon was hiding from in the winepress now become the people God is calling him to deliver Israel from! Oh. My. Goodness. Can you only imagine?

God views us as who we are going to BECOME when we allow Him to flow through us, not who we are in the state of ourselves as we resist Him.

The plans God has for us do not usually fit into the script we pen for our life. He wants the full glory! Therefore, He has a way of fulfilling the desires He has placed in our heart from an angle we would have NEVER thought possible. It’s a win-win!

We are each like a puzzle piece that completes the beautiful picture of God’s Kingdom. If we fail to yield our lives to God so He can fully use us, it leaves big holes in the perfect picture!




What does your puzzle piece look like?

  • Something you’ve dreamed of doing, but find yourself scared to death to do it!
    • You are waiting on resources
    • Waiting on feeling perfected
  • You are gifted in certain ways that you know about, but have never allowed others to see those gifts!
    • Afraid what others might say
    • Cannot tolerate feeling vulnerable
  • You have a deep desire in your heart that just sits there and burns constantly, but you still keep telling yourself “some day” maybe.
  • Maybe you know God has called you to a certain “something” and you have never found the courage to say, “Yes, Lord.”
    • What is it?


If we fail to let God use our puzzle piece by surrendering all that we are to Him, the puzzle that displays the Kingdom of God ends up with holes in it! We all suffer for it!




Lord, I pray we all surrender our plans to you and allow you to lead us into the fulfillment of your purpose for our lives! Use our gifts and talents represented in each of our unique puzzle pieces to further your Kingdom! Help each of us not forget who we are with you in us! We are Mighty Warriors created to serve the Kingdom victoriously!  Amen.



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One Comment

  1. Posted April 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Kelli, this has just happened to me, God’s puzzle pieces falling into place and Him doing His mighty thing He does so well! Woohoo and hallelujah!!!!!!!!! \0/!!!

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