In Judges 6:34, we read about Gideon: Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and made him the mighty leader that he was. Before that, he was a timid young man, cowering at the winepress, unable to do anything effective. But he was changed by the Spirit of God coming upon him.
Faith in Action
When I first went into the Philippines and left Manila, I left the group of men I was with. One offered me a bottle of vitamins, another offered me a bottle of pills to put in the water, and several other varieties of things. I would have had a small bag full of bottles of things to take. I said to them, “Brethren, you’re going into areas that you might need them. You keep them. I preach the Word of Faith. I demonstrate the Word of Faith wherever I go. If I don’t have faith to take a drink of water when I’m thirsty, my gospel becomes incredible! Unless I can believe God for a drink of water, I can’t believe God for anything! I cannot attain the credibility that I desire with the people”.
Now I’m talking about the regular drinking water that they drink. I’m not talking about going and drinking out of a frog pond or a cow track or something like that. Don’t misunderstand me. If the natives don’t drink it, don’t you drink it. Don’t you go playing some crazy idea that you have faith for something. Continue reading
Most of the accomplishments I’ve achieved in life I began to attempt before I was
really ready. When I was teaching pastors leadership in 1984 and they asked for
ongoing teaching, I wasn’t ready to give it to them. But during a conference with
thirty-four people in Jackson, Mississippi, I decided to pass around a legal pad and get
the contact information for anyone who wanted to receive a monthly leadership tape.
All thirty-four signed up. Was I ready to start a monthly leadership subscription
series? No. Did I start it anyway? Yes. When I needed to raise money to relocate my
church, did I know how to do it? No. Did I start to do it anyway? Yes. When I
founded EQUIP to teach leadership to people in countries around the world, did I
have a proven strategy to get it done? No. Did we get started anyway? Yes. Nobody
ever got ready by waiting. You only get ready by starting.