15for15: Identity

The Early Years: Identity

Psalm 128:1-4
 “Blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord—on all who obey him!
2 Their reward shall be prosperity and happiness. 3 Your wife shall be contented in your home. And look at all those children! There they sit around the dinner table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees. 4 That is God’s reward to those who reverence and trust him.”

Key thought: When you get busy building something FOR God, God gets busy building something IN you

Judges 6:11-13 “The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

1. God SEES MORE IN YOU than you think

Judges 6:15  “Pardon me, my lord,”… “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

“You are not what you think you are, you are not what others think you are, you are becoming what you think the most important person in your life thinks you are.”
John Maxwell

2. You HAVE MORE IN YOU than you think

Judges 6:14 "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?”

3. FAILURE IS NOT WHAT you think


5. It’s LESS ABOUT YOU than you think

Judges 6:16
The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”