Deborah: A Courageous Hero
Topic: General Verse: Judges 4
“Deborah: A Courageous Hero”
Tina Marie Sloat | 06.24.15
“Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.” (or “judging”) - Judges 4:4 (NIV)
God’s Heroes are not defined by the culture or their circumstances, but conformed to their calling.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2-3 (NIV)
God’s Heroes are not defined by their weaknesses or failures, but in humility they ask for what they need.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” - 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
God’s Heroes turn from Ambivalence to Action (There is NO neutral ground!)
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.” - Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NIV)
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
- Am I allowing God’s estimation of me and my potential to influence my behavior? Or am I allowing my circumstances, culture, thoughts of others, etc. to limit my influence in this world?
- Do I embrance the fact that I need others? How can I be more authentic and express my needs so that God can use others to provide and they can be blessed?
- Are there areas of my life I am “playing it safe” believing I am on neutral ground? If so, what potential blessings am I missing out on?
“God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” - 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NLT)