You Can Do It!

Posted: August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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All of us at times in our lives face what we think are insurmountable odds and overwhelming responsibilities. One of the “excuses” I hear sometimes from churches about embracing an Unreached People Group is that our church is too small, or we just don’t have enough money and people. I want to tell you that it is not the size of your budget, or the seating capacity of your church that matters, but rather the size of your God.

Gideon was hiding inside a wheat threshing container when the angel of God found him. God called Gideon to lead the people of God in battle against the Midianites, a superior enemy. The Midianites had better armor and weaponry and overwhelming numbers. Already outmanned, imagine Gideon’s surprise when God told him to whittle his army down from 32,000 to only 300. (Judges 7). God told Gideon that He did not want the people to think that they had accomplished victory on their own. God loves putting us into situations where we have to absolutely depend on Him.

When Beulah Baptist Church made its way to F-village in the bush of Mali in 2007, Steve told us that one other church had been there a couple of weeks earlier. That church happened to have thousands of members and a large budget. He had asked them to adopt this village of the unreached people group, the Bambara. They had said it was too big a challenge. Here we were, a church averaging slightly more than a hundred people each week in attendance and an annual budget of about $300,000. When God called us to embrace that People Group it was the “Gideon Principle” all over again.

You can be too big for God to use, but YOU CANNOT BE TOO SMALL. The reason that is true is because God is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond anything we might ask or imagine. You can do it. It is a matter of confidence in God, not in your abilities or resources. By the way, our small church made 25 trips in 5 years, and we saw a church planted in the village we adopted and that overflow to other villages. What will God have you do?

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