Friday Inspiration: A Prayer for Small MiraclesBy Greg Laurie

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7

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The Israelites lived in fear of their enemies the Midianites. The Midianites had numbers so large, they were described in the Bible as being “as numerous as locusts” (Judges 6:5). They were everywhere, and the children of Israel were greatly outnumbered.

They needed to defeat the Midianites, but they needed someone to lead them. So God found a man named Gideon. When we’re first introduced to Gideon in Judges 6, he was hiding from his enemies, threshing wheat. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (verse 12).

I can imagine Gideon looking around and saying, “Who? Are you talking to me?” If there was anything Gideon was not at that moment, it was a mighty man of valor. But through a series of events in Gideon’s life, he was transformed and became a man of great courage. He summoned the people to go into battle against the Midianites.

Then the Lord came to Gideon one day and delivered a message that I’m sure he wasn’t pleased to hear: his army was too big. Maybe Gideon said, “You’re joking! I love it when you joke, Lord! Too big! We’re already outnumbered, and we’re too big!”

But God wasn’t kidding. He didn’t want anyone to say they defeated the Midianites in their own strength. So He gave Gideon a test for the men that would thin out the ranks. In the end, Gideon was left with 300 men. And with 300 men God defeated the Midianites.

You see, our numbers don’t have to be large. God can do a lot with a little. And God can use little people to do big things. You are never too small for God to use, but you can be too big.

Heavenly Father, there are days when we don’t know what to do. When all direction seems to lead us nowhere. We ask that you guide us in these difficult times. Help us to rise up as courageous leaders. Give us the strength and wisdom to accomplish your will and to stand firm upon your commands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


#MondayThoughts: Never Accept There Is No Way

God always has a perfect way out for you where negativity says that there’s no way out. Relax and allow your heart to beat with faith and courage. You truly have a great God.

Edmond Mbiaka

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At times it looks like there is no way to go when you are faced with challenges. It seems the challenges only get harder as you go along. It can be disheartening and it’s only natural if you feel that way.

The most important thing is to never tell yourself that there is no way things will change or get better. The more you feed this thought to your mind, the more fatter the doubt will get until you are convinced there is no way and you are stuck as is.

Don’t allow your problems to keep your spirit down. We all have our ups and downs in life. There is always a way out, but you must strongly believe in your ability to persevere.

– Edmond Mbiaka

If you are set on doing something then there is always a way to get it done. Explore and exhaust every option. Giving up shouldn’t be on your list of options at all. Believe in what you want to do, remember why you are doing it and open yourself up to every opportunity that aids you in achieving your goal. Keep chipping away and chipping away. You WILL get there!

Stay inspired and keep rising.