Summary: What did God see in Gideon that caused God to call him a "Mighty man of Valor"? Does God see that in us?
Warriors in the Army of God
By Pastor Jim May
Welcome Warriors, Oh Mighty Men and Women of Valor! Welcome courageous youth; welcome children of God who have come to join the fight; Welcome to the Lord’s Army. All of you have volunteered for service, for the duration of your life, and you are here today to be prepared, trained and equipped for battle against the greatest enemy that mankind has ever faced.
We are not fighting for our American freedoms. We are not fighting for territory, wealth or power and control. We are not fighting for oil and natural resources. We are going to battle for a greater cause than all of those things combined. We will fight so that evil will not prevail, that righteousness, justice and goodness will reign supreme, and for the eternal glory of Heaven and the destiny of millions of lost souls.
Do not be fearful, for your commander has never lost a battle. At the same time, do not think that this will be an easy fight, for your enemy is not easily defeated. And even though you will be fighting against forces more powerful than any power on earth, you can go to war knowing that He who leads you is greater than any enemy and you will prevail.
You may not think of yourself as a hero. I’m sure that most of us didn’t wake up this morning, look into the mirror and say, “I’m a Mighty Warrior! I’m are a Hero! I am courageous, bold and prepared for war.” In fact, if we had looked into the mirror the first thing we might have done was to scream because we scared ourselves. Even after we do our best to correct the flaws, paste down the hair that has developed a mind of its own during the night, covered the wrinkles and tried to make ourselves presentable to the world, I doubt that many of us would have stood there with great admiration and said, “Wow! I am a mighty man or woman of God! Come on Devil, just make my day!”
But you are just that, a Mighty Warrior for God! Every day that you live you are fighting a war, battling against every power of hell that Satan can throw against you. And guess what? YOU ARE WINNING THE FIGHT! How do I know you’re winning? I know because you are still here, right now, hearing this message, sitting in this church, and doing all that you can to be an overcomer! You are winning – it may not seem so at times when you’re in the thick of the fight and demons are screaming in your ear and your heart is about to break in sorrow – but YOU ARE WINNING!
You cannot lose; and you won’t be defeated, just as long as you hold on to God’s unchanging hand.
John 10:27-29, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand."
I know that most of us will never think of ourselves as men and women of valor but let me assure you that God looks down upon you and that’s exactly what He sees in you!
There was a man in the Bible who never thought of himself as a Mighty Man of Valor. When we first begin to see him, he is nothing but a farmer, harvesting grain in a secret place where he can hide from the enemy so that they won’t come and destroy his crops. His story can be found in the Book of Judges.
Here is how the story begins and it really isn’t a surprise because it happens so many times throughout the Old Testament. Israel had fallen into sin and God allowed the Midianites to put them under bondage and to tax Israel into extreme poverty. How many of you like taxes?
Don’t you just love the idea of paying taxes out of your hard-earned money so that some loafer somewhere can sit home and watch soap operas on his new High Definition, big screen TV? That’s what I call living the American Dream! That’s what we all work for and live for. I love paying taxes so George, down the street, can sleep until noon, lounge around all afternoon and then party all night. Doesn’t it just give you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that your taxes are going for such a worthy cause!
The United States of America was born because of the same things that were happening in Israel thousands of years ago. The Boston Tea Party, one the events that led to the American Revolution against King George of the British Empire, happened because of an unfair tax on tea that was imposed upon the colonies. Taxation without representation was considered intolerable. The colonists of the New World refused to pay taxes to a king that would not allow them to have a vote or voice in the British Parliament, and so they raided the ships loaded with tea in the harbor at Boston and threw it all into the ocean in protest.”