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'Shamgar son of Anath rescued Israel. He once killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.' Judges 3:31 NLT

When's the last time we felt God asking us to do something but we decided against it because we were faced with fear, feelings of inadequacy, doubt or a reluctance to make changes. When God stirs our spirit or moves our hearts, we cannot just sit back and do nothing. We've got to step up and step in. When we do, it can become a defining moment in our lives.

Moses didn't believe God had chosen the right person to free the Israelites from slavery. He said to God: 'I am not a good speaker. The king will not listen to me' (Exodus 6:30 NCV). And Shamgar was able to save Israel from the Philistines. The Bible tells us that 'he once killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad'. This suggests that he didn't have a sword or spear, but just used what he had, which was an ox goad, used to guide animals.

God promises to equip us to do what he's asking us to do, whether it's the words to say or the strength to use what he's already given us. He just asks us to hear his call, step out and obey him. It may take us a lot of effort, but God never said it would be easy. The Bible tells us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (see Philippians 4:13).

So what now? If you're feeling God calling you to something, ask him to give you the strength and courage to take action to achieve it.

Soulfood: Is 34-37 Jn 7:25-44 Ps 104:24-35 Pro 28:9-12,

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