Living for God Is Not for Wimps
1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3
January 15, 2006
1. Webster's Dictionary defines a wimp as "...someone who is a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person."
2. It just so happens that the Bible gives record of many who fall into that category--many of God's people who were weak and ineffectual--some who were even cowardly.
3. We are reminded of the Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt. When the going got tough, instead of trusting God, they wanted to turn tail and go back to Egypt.
4. When God called Gideon to do battle with the Midianites, 32,000 of his soldiers decided it was too much for them and went back home. The Lord said to Gideon, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead (Judges 7:3). That left only Gideon and 300 faithful men to fight the enemy.
5. Who can forget the story of David and Goliath? When the Philistine army challenged Israel to fight, instead of trusting God for victory, they sent a little 15 year-old shepherd boy named David to do their fighting for them. The rest of them stood by and watched.
6. Isn't that the way it's always been? It seems when it comes to trusting God and living for Him and serving Him, it's always the minority who willing to do so. The rest just sit on the sidelines or turn and go in the opposite direction. Do you know God can never and will never use people like that? The person who falls at the first sign of trouble reveals a weakness in his faith. God cannot use him. In Proverbs 24:10, it says; If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
7. In the book of Deuteronomy, God gave strict orders concerning warfare; He didn't want any wimps to go along...He couldn't use them. Listen to what he said: And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and ret ...
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