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I May Be Small, But God Is Backing Me Up

Power Success Boldness

Contributed By: Roger Teal | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Judges 6:12 ; 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Roger Teal
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ILLUSTRATION

When God came to Gideon, He called him a warrior. Gideon didn't see himself as a warrior. In fact, he said he was from the weakest clan and he was the least of his clan. Gideon also questioned God's ability to work in his life. He wanted to know why God had abandoned them. He wanted to know where all the wonders were that his fathers had told him about.

APPLICATION

Many people are just like Gideon. They see themselves as weak and of little value. They often ask "Why did this happen to me?" or "Where was God when I needed him?" But God didn't see him as weak or of little value. God called him a warrior.

Never underestimate something because it seems to be small. David's bothers underestimated him, but the guy who underestimated him the most was Goliath, and he lost his life.

How can something or someone so small be so powerful? 

It's like the movie Lion King  when Simba was a Cub and the hyenas had him cornered. When he roared, they laughed at him. So he roared again, only this time they cower down and whimper. Why? Because Simba had someone backing him up--when he roared, Mufasa roared behind him. 

It doesn't matter how small or weak you are, as long as you have someone big and strong backing you up. Gideon was a warrior because God had his back.    

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

2012 The Year of the Outspoken Christian Athlete

Boldness Witness Devotion

Source: "2012: The Year of the Outspoken Christian Athlete" by Jesse Carey, RELEVANT contributor, retrieved 12/26/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-28

Scripture: Colossians 3:17 ; Colossians 3:24

Author: Jesse Carey, Contributor, RELEVANT Magazine
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ILLUSTRATION

"It's official. 2012 is the year faith became more than just a post-game platitude," says Jesse Carey of RELEVANT Magazine. He cites as examples several top athletes who have chosen to use their fame and celebrity as a platform to share the Gospel message. "Superstars like Tim Tebow, Olympians Gabby Douglas and Lolo Jones and underdogs like Jeremy Lin and Bubba Watson," he notes, "made more headlines for their faith than their game ..."

Here's what a few of them had to say:

"I have so many things to work on, and so many ways that I fail. But that's what grace is all about. And I constantly wake up every morning trying to get better, trying to improve, trying to walk closer to God." Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback

"Golf is just an avenue for Jesus to use me to reach as many people as I can." Bubba Smith, Master's champion golfer

"When other people see me play basketball ... the way I treat my teammates, the opponents, the refs--that's all a reflection of God's image and God's love. So that's the stuff I try to focus on." Jeremy Lin, NBA basketball phenom

"I would say the thing Tim Tebow and I have most in common is the thing that's most important to us, and that's our faith and our relationship with Christ, and everything flows through that. It's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence. I'm very grateful." Collin Klein, Heisman Trophy nominee, and winning quarterback of the Kansas State Wildcats

"I am so grateful God has truly blessed me! Remember to always give Him the glory for He is great! ... I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him, and the blessing falls down on me." Gabby Douglas, Olympic gold medal gymnast

APPLICATION

These are men and women who have made a conscious choice to do what they do for the approval of the Lord rather than the approval of men. Yet you don't need to be a world-class athlete to choose to use your life as a platform for witness. In fact, we are each one called to do the same. "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. ... And whatever you do, do it heartily as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that it is from the Lord that you will receive the reward of your inheritance. It is the Lord Christ Whom you serve" (Colossians 3:17, 23-24).

So whether your life plays out on the front pages of the newspaper, on the cover of tabloid magazines, and on the broadcasts of major cable news networks, or in the business office, the neighborhood park, or the aisles of the local grocery store, make 2013 the year when you choose to make your life a platform for bringing all glory to God! In the words of Gabby Douglas, "It's a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him, and the blessing falls down on us."

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Even Superman Ducks!

God's Love Boldness Affliction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-06

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:16

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

In the original television series, Superman, our favorite super hero would confidently posture himself, legs spread, fists on his hips, chest pushed forward, while he stared down the barrel of a gun.  As the bullets bounced off his chest, Superman would smile, with no thought of retreat.  Then something would happen that defies explanation.  Once the rounds were spent, the bad guy, in desperation, would hurl the gun at Superman, and the caped super hero would duck!!!  Superman, the man who was fearless in the face of oncoming bullets, would cower to avoid being hit by an empty gun!

APPLICATION

Just like Superman, we cower and duck at things that shouldn't intimidate us.  As believers, we are perfectly loved and accepted by an all powerful, all knowing, all everything God. And as if this weren't enough, we are promised that "all things will work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28). So, what should cause us to fear?  What else matters when compared to the assurance of God's love?  
 
In truth, God has given us every reason to face life boldly--with our legs spread, fists on hips, chest out. Nevertheless, we duck at small things.  We fret over a setback in our plans, or become discouraged at a disappointing turn of events, or we hesitate to speak boldly of our faith for fear of the reaction it might incite. Our fears send us reeling, even though we live in this world with the certainty of God's eternal promises.  Life makes us flinch in a thousand little ways.  Like Superman, we duck when we should fearlessly stare them all down.  
 
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, Peter cowered in fear of being associated with HIm. "I don't know the man," he claimed. Three times he denied his relationship with Christ. Three times he flinched as the empty gun of man's threats was hurled his way. But years later Peter would eventually overcome his fear of empty guns. As a more mature, more courageous follower of Christ he would write, "if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name" (1 Peter 4:16).  In other words, Peter is telling us to face life boldly--with our legs spread, fists on hips, chest out, fully assured of God's great love!

Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

Phobias from A to Z

Fear Maturity Boldness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-12

Scripture: 1 John 4:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Declaration of Love

Love (Divine) Love (Human) Boldness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-20

Scripture: Romans 5:8

Author: Bill Hybels
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Stand Up, Sit Down Courage

Courage Listening Boldness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-04

Scripture: Philippians 1:20

Author: Winston Churchill
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Bible Distribution Gets the Royal Treatment

Evangelism Boldness Opportunity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-03

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Slay A Dragon Today!

Fear Boldness Opportunity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-02-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:12

Author: Roger Von Oech
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The God Who Answers By Orphanages

Compassion Christlikeness Boldness

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-01-16

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:24

Author: Fred Gates
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Conceive a Year of New Life

New Year's Dreams Boldness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-21

Scripture: Isaiah 43:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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