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    Do you ever feel like you can’t live up to the epic stories of the faithful people in the Bible?

    When we read stories about conquering enemy armies or courageously standing up for what’s right, it’s easy to see these men and women God chose as something like comic book characters rather than actual people.

    How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. [33] By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, [34] quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

    Hebrews 11:32-34 NLT

    This description could be straight out of the ending of an Avengers movie. And it’s inspiring what faith can do.

    But when we look at our lives, sometimes we feel like we can’t even wake up on time in the morning. If we can’t do everyday things, it doesn’t seem possible that we could put whole armies to flight.

    If you read the stories of these people in Hebrews 11, though, you’ll see they had a ton of issues. God didn’t choose them because they were so strong and capable, but because he was. Through little decisions to have faith and trust God’s process, each of these regular people became the great heroes we see in the Bible.

    Today our story is about the first guy on that list: Gideon.

    Gideon lived in a time when his people, the Israelites, were being brutally oppressed. God chose to use Gideon to rescue his people … but perhaps even more difficult than defeating the oppressive army of Midianites was convincing Gideon he was chosen to do it.

    Join our unlikely hero on his journey toward growth with our newest Mini Quiet Time, “Are You Sure You’ve Got the Right Guy?”

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    Mike is a digital marketing manager for Deep Spirituality and is a regular contributor. He's passionate about web strategy, music, mentorship, and his quest to find the best burrito in the Bay Area.

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