TGIFilipino – Talk 3 – Rakenrol

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1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height,
 for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at.
 People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

* When the world rejects you, you’re in good company
* God calls you not for who you are but inspite of who you are
* God knows you better
* God likes working with underdogs
* God chooses the weak to shame the strong
* My God is my rock
* When your resources are down to nothing,
believe that God is up to something

Judges 7:2-22

And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites
into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 
Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid,
let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned,
and ten thousand remained.
But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water,
and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you,
‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you,
‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.”  So he brought the people down to the water.
And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps,
you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” 
And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men;
but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water.   Then the Lord said to Gideon,
“By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand.
Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”  So the people took provisions and their trumpets
in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men.
Now the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp,
for I have delivered it into your hand.   But if you are afraid to go down,
go down to the camp with Purah your servant,   and you shall hear what they say;
and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.”
Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 
Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts;
and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream:
To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian;
it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash,
a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped.
He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” 
Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand,
with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers.   And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise;
watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do:   When I blow the trumpet,
I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say,
‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’”
So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp
at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch;
and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 
Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands
and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 
And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried
out and fled.   When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion
throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia,[a] toward Zererah,
as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.

* 32,000 souldiers in the army of Gideon
135,000 souldiers in Midianites
-> Big dream but small resources
-> Sometimes, instead of increasing your resources, God decreases it
10,000 remained on the first test – those who are afraid must go home
300 remained after the second test- those who drank the water from their hands

* Why God removes resources

1. Intimacy – we get closer to God
Having no problems is a problem because your heart is closed
When with crisis, your heart becomes broken and it allows the grace
of God to come in

2. Humility
Bring humility in the heat of Gideon
Enemy of success – success itself – enemy is pride
The moment you succeed, you stop listening
Victory with humility
Humility is the greatest asset
Today it works, but there will come a time that it will not work
– have the humility to listen and to change

3. Strategy
You are forced to change strategy because you have less resources
It’s a learning curve
When you start a business with less resources, you will be creative

4. Bravery
When you have 300 men, would you be brave? You are ready to die
Are you ready to die for those dreams?
There is no choice –> either victory or death

* If you experience a pullback, you will gain energy, to reach your dreams
* Pull back for your comeback
* Decrease so that you can increase
* The lowest point of life is transformational
* Filipinos – have gone with som much disasters and catastrophes in life
– yet here we are, still happy, and hopeful

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