Find out what encouraged a fearful ancient warrior and a ten-year old baseball player with a broken arm.
“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Judges 6:12, NLT
“So, encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11, NLT
Your past does not determine your identity. Nor do your failings or your fears. God determines your identity. He created you. He sacrificed for you. He adopted you. He invites you to accept His love and be His representative to others so they can know Him and His love.
Parents, spouses, grandparents, mentors…we live out our highest purpose when we call another person into their identity. Affirm them. Name them. Declare their character and purpose…even before they see or demonstrate it. God did this for Gideon.
Your past does not determine your identity. Nor do your failings or your fears. God determines your identity.
Accept the identity God gives you…a beloved son or daughter…a man or woman of valor…a representative of God to show His love to others.
Pass on that kind of encouragement and identity to those you love and lead. Don’t focus on their past or their present. Define their future…the potential God sees and can shape in them. Be like my friend to her son. Be like God to Gideon. Define the good in their heart. Call out their destiny. Practice the Gideon Principle.
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