“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Judges 6. 

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12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

Are you waiting for the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus has equipped you to do? It is odd that we ask God to do things for us that He has already empowered us to do with Him. When the angel appeared to Gideon He named Him “mighty warrior” and commissioned him to use the authority he had to bring victory for the people of God. We can relate to Gideon’s answer, can’t we? “I’m sorry, are you talking to me, you have made a mistake, find someone more able…” 

We no longer need to think or reply like Gideon. Jesus has established through his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, that all power in heaven and on earth is His. The difference between Gideon and us important. The angel visited Gideon like the angel visited all kind of characters, they were uniquely called to a unique mission. Jesus said all authority on heaven and earth is given to me now go in to all the world for I am with you always (Matthew 28). The people of God have the authority of the risen Lord Jesus in common. Our power to serve in this world comes from Jesus. You and I are like Gideon in that we are mighty warriors who live with the expectation of answered prayer that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This is the normal Christian expectation and experience. 

New name old story

Our name has changed to Central for a few important reasons. God changes names in the Bible when he calls something or someone into a new phase. Central as a name means as much as we choose to give to it. Central notes our location in Bristol. Jesus is central to our lives. We even played around with spelling central with an “s” (Sentral) to convey the heart of John 20:21 that we are “sent” to all. In the end, the name will become known for who we are and what we do in Bristol. Who will you be and what will you do, mighty warrior?

The mountain then the crowd

Jesus spent time with the Father and then went and spoke to the crowds. A few of the team will be away over the next little while. Tim and Kirsty Browne are away for three weeks in October. Please pray for them as they take well-deserved holiday after Kirsty successfully completes her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and Tim winds down from his monumental efforts in getting our building ready. Jessie Carter, Claire and I will be visiting Bethel Church in Redding, California for a conference in October. Jessie will stay on to spend time with friends. For many years I have seen people travel to different parts of the world to experience “more". The Holy Spirit is the same wherever we are, but he does different things through different people. We are looking forward to the opportunity to receive from what God is doing at Bethel. If God is able to do more than we ever ask or imagine, why don’t we see more? Let’s make sure the factor is never us, and pursue more in every way we can. Let’s ask ourselves, how are we yielding to what he is doing? How are our relationships with one another? How are our private lives? Please pray for us all as we take a little time with the Lord before returning to continue to serve.

- Tim Silk

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