Happy Monday and day twenty-eight of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. Christian writers from all over the world have been gathering together and writing daily for five minutes. Each day of October, I have written on a one-word prompt with other brave souls. It is just like God to have this challenge become part of my life while I have been struggling with triggers of old hurts. Writing has always been therapeutic for me and each “word of the day” has helped me heal more and more.
Today’s word is TEST.
I had the great pleasure of going to see Priscilla Shirer and her brother Anthony Evans, Jr. with some friends.
Anthony’s voice was heavenly and Priscilla’s message was passionate and inspiring. Her eloquent words called everyone within the sound of her voice to believe what God says about them.
Priscilla used the Biblical story of Gideon to teach us about getting our identity from God instead of our failures, achievements, circumstances, or current culture.
Because of the evil actions of the Israelites, the Midianites were seizing all of their crops. When we meet Gideon in the text, he was hiding from the Midianites. Priscilla highlighted how Gideon’s behavior was incongruent with how God described him.
Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Judges 6:11-12
The angel of the Lord called Gideon a mighty man of valor and reminded him God was with him.
Gideon defeated the Midianites once he accepted his God-given identity.
I must stop trusting my feelings about myself and my circumstances and align them with God’s truth.
Once I believe what God says about me; my thinking, speech, and behavior will be closer to Jesus’ character.
“Maturity in the Christian life is measured by only one test: how much closer to His character have we become?” -Elyse Fitzpatrick