You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, August 18, 2013:Everyday Heroes: Gideon {LISTEN HERE!}

by Andrew Kelley

This was one of those messages I knew was for me before pastor Joe even started speaking, though its full effect hasn’t sunken in yet.

The reason I knew it was for me is because I am a person that deals with fear a lot. I fear the feeling of falling so I don’t do roller coasters or bungee jumping. I also fear being rejected.

Mark Twain’s quote is almost as inspiring as the story of Gideon: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is sure.” I thought of a couple things that I have feared in the past and never did or faced.

Maybe that’s why I still fear so much.

The story of Gideon is so cool because it gives us a narrative of a man that seemed like a nobody who in the end could take on the world. God showed Gideon who he really was even in his fear. I especially love how even God says to Gideon in Judges 7:10, “but if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant.”

This shows us even more how God doesn’t expect perfection.

And He doesn’t want us to walk in fear. Earlier in Judges 6:23-24 the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord , and called it The- Lord -Is -Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. The personal story that came to my mind first was when a friend and I were watching the demolition derby awaiting our turn. A car with two guys got hit on both sides almost at the same time. They stopped the derby and paramedics rushed out to the car. One guy got out right away seemingly unscathed while the other guy didn’t move much.

Eventually the second guy got out and walked slowly away; my friend and I looked at each other as we walked towards our car. As we sat in fear in the car we prayed. And the cool part — l felt the peace of God rush over me. We went into the arena boldly.

This was 14 years ago, and I still remember it because of the peace that I felt.

God knows our fears, and He knows who we are in His Spirit. We know who we are in our fears and failures and most of the time we can’t see past all that junk but God sees so much more in us.

He sees the finished product.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

One thought on “The Monday After: Everyday Heroes: Gideon {Andrew}

  1. Andrew, I hear you. Fear is so gripping sometimes that it’s easy to stay stuck in it. Thank you for encouraging me to go in God’s peace and to ask Him for that peace in the midst of fear.

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