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There are No Superheroes in the Bible

August 19, 2013 12 Comments

When we read about all the courageous men and women of the Bible it is easy to think that they were some kind of superhero. Just think about all the things they did. 

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  •  Moses parted the red sea
  • Joshua conquered fortified city after fortified city
  • Gideon with Just 300 men defeated a much larger force
  • David killed a giant
  • The apostles risked (and most of them died) to spread the gospel around the world. 


Who would you add to the list?

 We know that in each event God showed up and he was the one who wrought the miracle; however, we seem to think that the people involved had some form of superhero ability. If we look at their lives closely, we learn that they were men and women just like you and I. 

 The Heroes in the Bible:

  • Doubted
  • Made mistakes
  • Made bad choices
  • Sinned

 The key is in how they responded:

  •  Rose up despite failures – moved forward
  • Asked for forgiveness
  • Trusted God
  • Died to their own agendas
  • Stepped out in faith.


These great men and women in the Bible struggled with doubt (Moses and Abraham).  King David the man after God’s own heart committed adultery and murder.  However they found a way to rise up from their mistakes, ask God for forgiveness and turn away from their sin.  Deep inside they found a trust in God and they took a risk and stepped out in faith. When they did, God always showed up in a powerful way. 

 The heroes’ of the Bible had no more access to God than we do today. (Tweet This) Like them, we must see beyond and pray beyond our doubt. Ask Jesus for forgiveness of our sins and we must repent – We must turn our minds away and follow fully Jesus and his calling.  We must die to our own agendas and step out in faith.  (Tweet This)

You must believe that you have the same ability as Abraham, Moses, David, the Apostles…… For it is “…Christ in you the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

 Prayer can be easy, but at some point we have to risk it all and step out in faith.  (Tweet This)


 Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

 Do you see yourself with the same abilities as the heroes of the Bible?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • William Smith

    Thanks, Jon! I agree

  • The “super heroes” where everyday (ordinary) men and women who where willing to allow God to use them to do great things. Anyone can become a super hero and do great things for the kingdom by following the leading of God. Really enjoyed reading this post Jon. Great topic!

    • “Willing” is huge Dan. We have to be willing to lay down our own agenda and take the risk to step out into what God has called us to do. It can be scary since God always calls us to something greater than we can do on our own. That nagging thought comes in, “What if God does not show up?” When we press through something wonderful happens.

  • I remember loving the hero stories in the bible when I was a kid in Sunday school because they were fighting and overcoming the bad guys. Now that I’m older, I really love the lessons that they teach us about not staying down and not letting mistakes keep you from your destiny.

    • You are so right Charles. When I was a kid they seemed so larger than life but now they show me that I am greater than my faults and failures.

  • It’s these facts that make the Bible believable to me. I mean, if the Bible were man-made (uninspired by God) then many of these mistakes wouldn’t have made final cut. They would have been edited out. It’s bad PR for God’s main characters to have such faults.

    But the Bible is the Word of God and God wants us to know that He loves us in spite of our faults. He will use us despite our failures because He is God. He is love and He is just.

    Great post.

  • I love this post. We often forget that we have every bit of authority that the disciples had.

    The Holy Spirit has changed!

    • Thanks Larry, It is the Holy Spirit who makes the difference. We just need a little faith and be willing to step out.