Thursday, November 27, 2014

Extended Courage, 4: Stop the Excuses

“Gideon said to Him… ‘Look at me. My clan's the weakest in Manasseh and I'm the runt of the litter.’” Several times over Gideon countered the call of God with an excuse. Gideon’s insecurities, regrets, and fears tried to explain why God couldn’t possibly use someone like him. No matter how hard he tried, his excuses were never strong enough to overwrite the will and plans of God. No more excuses, Gideon had to either choose or refuse.

We use excuses for the same reasons as Gideon. We fear failure. We compare ourselves to other people who we think are better able. We afraid to stand out, to be the center of attention, and then falling under the pressure. When God calls, it’s because He not only has a plan, but has the supernatural ability to see the conclusion of that plan. If He has called us to do something, it’s because He can see the success at the end of the story. Stop making excuses for why you can’t do what’s before you. Trust God for the courage and the faith to see it through.

Extended Reading Option: Jeremiah 1:7-8

Extended Journal Option: What excuses have come to your mind about serving on this team? How have excuses slowed you down from seeing God do what He wants to do in your life? What can you do to overcome the power of excuses?

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