V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

The Seattle Seahawks' golden boy, Russell Wilson, could end up being Seattle's Achilles' heel in the Super Bowl.  Yes, he's been everything the Seahawks have needed to get wins, but that's the problem.  He's doing just enough to get the job done.

This was a statement in an article written about Super Bowl 2014 in The Bleacher Report.  The final score of the game was 43-8 with a Seahawks victory over the Broncos.

What is an Achilles heel? 

Achilles Heel: is a weakness in spite of overall strength which can actually lead to downfall.

God's priority in Judges 6 is to deal with Gideon's Achilles heels.  Yes, I said heels! There were actually two of them.

Judges 6:12 (NIV) When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

God pinpoints these two areas in Gideon's life that could lead to his downfall. One which we dealt with on my last blog.  His image of himself.  God sees Gideon as  a mighty warrior, but Gideon sees himself as the runt of the litter.  Second, is Gideon's view of God.  Here is Gideon's response to God. 

Judges 6:13 "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."

In other words, God has thrown us under the bus!  If you think the Lord has thrown you under the bus and that He is not with you I don't believe victory is in your future.

How often have we said the same thing Gideon said? "God, where are you?  Why are you letting this happen to me?"  Our victory hinges on our belief and image of God.

The children of Israel in the wilderness said this about God and Moses, "You've brought us out into the wilderness to kill us!" How can you follow someone who you think is trying to kill you?

On the other hand when David speaks to King Saul before his battle with Goliath he says, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."  Then when he speaks to Goliath he says, "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head." 

Bottom Line:  Your victories, my victories, and Gideon's victories hinge on our belief and image of who God is! Listen to the transformation that occurred in Gideon's life.

Judges 7:15 He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, "Get up!  The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands."

If you read the end of the story you see that God shows out.  I believe God wants to show out in our adversity as well, but we must first deal with our Achilles heel! Victory is just ahead!