“For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philip. 4:13
There’s an expression that we all know and have experienced – “Getting out of the wrong side of the bed.” In might be defined as a feeling of being out of sync as soon as you get up and having a fear the day will not go well.
If I have ever gotten up feeling that way, I fight it head on. I do not allow myself to cave into the thought or feeling. You know why? Because I could and that would make it worse! I seriously believe that many people do immediately cave into that feeling – fearing it and feeling that they have no control over it.
Before I knew the Lord, this feeling that I had gotten out of the wrong side of the bed – that it was going to be a bad day that spiraled downward all day was like a superstitious feeling. I’d just believe in it like it was some unstoppable force. When you don’t know the Lord, you can feel that way.
When I gave my heart to the Lord I learned that superstitious thoughts were false and lying thoughts inspired by the devil with the hope by him that I’d put my faith in them. You can put your faith in anything. You can put your faith in the Lord or you can put your faith in false things that aren’t true that you ignorantly believe are true. That is what superstition is and does. It leads you to believe – to put your faith in something that is not true – something usually driven by fear.
From the story of Gideon we learn a powerful truth. He was a man who lived day by day in fear. One day Gideon was working in a winepress – his hideout. He was surrounded by enemies and trying to get something done while hiding at the same time. The Lord appeared to Gideon saying, “With the strength that you have, go and rescue Israel from the Midianites.” (Judges 6:14) Gideon couldn’t believe that he was hearing this. He felt that his life represented getting out of the wrong side of the bed every day. He felt like a loser and he let the Lord know it saying. “But Lord, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” (Judges 6:15) Gideon was basically telling the Lord that he came from a tribe of losers and a family of losers and he was the biggest loser. That was how he saw himself. Worse than that, he believed and had faith in it. But this is where faith in a lie – where superstition gets busted. Gideon believed what he said. He thought it was the truth. But perception of what we think is true is always trumped by God’s truth. God called him “a mighty man of valor.” Then God told him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” (Judges 6:16)
It took a while for this to sink in to Gideon but God was gracious in helping Him believe it. Once Gideon did, he was no longer the same person. He never allowed himself to think he was the loser that got out of the wrong side of the bed day after day. Gideon with the help of the Lord defeated the Midianites and became one of the greatest warriors and Judges that Israel ever had.
You may hold a high opinion of yourself out of pride and conceit. One day that pride will be broken. You may be one that has little self esteem and sees yourself as a loser. This is a wrong perception also. Either one is built on false perceptions. Once Gideon believed what God said about him, all lies and superstitions in his life vanished. He became the new man that God created him to be – a mighty man of valor.
No matter how we feel when we start out our day – no matter what side of the bed we get out of – we can cast aside all negatives feelings and instead thank God for His promise, “I can do anything with the help of Christ who gives me strength.” We can wake up every day thinking and saying to the Lord, “Like Gideon, I am mighty in you. I am here to be strong and shine for you. I am hear to be excellent in all I do leaning on you Lord for Your help in everything. I will have a great day. “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need!”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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