Meet the New Me - Part 2
Gideon—Before there could be an amazing story told about Gideon, God had to change the story that Gideon told himself.
- An amazing story can’t be told about you, until you change the story you tell yourself.
1.) What is my Identity? 2.) What is my Capacity? 3.) What is my Destiny?
The answers to these questions create or eliminate limitations.
Two sources where we find theses answers—the world and the Word of God.
God has transmitted the true answers to these questions to us through the Word of God.
God is calling us to something much greater than what we’ve always known.
Will I do what I’ve always done and think what I’ve always thought or is it time for something new?
Israel was in bondage to the Egyptians for 400 years.
Exodus 1:11-14—11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. 13 So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
God delivered them OUT of Egypt with the desire to lead them INTO a new life.
- Even though Israel was OUT of Egypt, Egypt wasn’t out of them.
Numbers 11:5—We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic…
Isaiah 43:18—Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.
What you let define you will eventually direct you—and all roads lead back to Egypt for the one who still thinks like a slave.
If we don’t let go of our past, it can pollute our future.
Matthew 7:13-14—“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Psalm 37:5 – Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Are we freed people living like slaves (broken marriages, struggling relationships and bad attitudes)?
Isaiah 43:19— Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The journey of change is a process—the start looks nothing like the finish.
Mark 4:26-32—26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
Zechariah 4:10—Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
Change takes time—there’s an appointed time for planting, germination, growth and harvest.
Being planted looks a lot like being buried.
Galatians 6:9—And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.