Months ago, before Covid-19 and the riots, the Holy Spirit spoke the word “reset” to me. Meaning that we were going through a time that would cause a reset in our nation and the Body of Christ. You typically need to reset something because it is not set properly. Later, He added the word, “reposition”. Similarly, you reposition something because it isn’t positioned correctly.
Whether we realize it or not we are born in the midst of violent spiritual warfare on the earth. As a result of our new birth in Christ we become a beloved son in the Family Dynasty of the living God. The overall mission of this family is to do the will of our Father. As Jesus said, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven“, Matthew 6:10. Not our will, but His be done. How do we accomplish the will of God? By hearing and seeing from Him so we can speak and act for Him, this is the essence of Ekklesia; the government of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. God is looking for faithful men that will simply be obedient to Him.
Gideon and his small army are an example of faithful men as well as an illustration of being “rest and repositioned”. Judges 4 begins with, again the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord… In chapter 5; the judge and prophet Deborah lead a victory for the people of Israel over the Canaanites. The chapter ends with a song of victory and praise to God. Then once again Judges 6 begins with, the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. This is a repeated pattern in scripture; faithfulness demonstrated by obedience that produces blessing. Then unfaithfulness demonstrated by disobedience that leads to oppression and bondage.
As a result of the oppression in Israel by the Midianites, the people cried to the Lord in prayer and God sent a prophet, Judges 6:7. The prophet tells Israel they were in this oppressive predicament because they did not obey God. In verses 11 and 12, the Angel of the Lord appears and says to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior”. There was no outward evidence of Gideon being a valiant warrior and obviously Gideon didn’t see himself that way either by his reply. God sees us differently than we see ourselves. He sees who we truly are, and He speaks to it, calling it out in us to cause us to rise up to be who He created us to be and do what He created us to do. However, we still need to respond by faith to Him.
Gideon is found threshing wheat in a winepress when the Angel of the Lord appears which speaks to the littleness of his harvest as well as his fear of the Midianites. Gideon asks the Angel for a sign to validate the authenticity of the Angel of the Lord. He then goes and prepares an offering. In the midst of lack, an economic downturn and oppression from enemies, Gideon gives an offering. Notice how much of a generous offering he gives, verse 19. The angel of the Lord touched it and fire consumed it then Gideon builds an altar commemorating the promise of peace from God for himself and the nation.
The first thing Gideon was instructed to do was tear down his father’s altar to false gods and idolatrous worship of Baal and the Asherah. As tough as an assignment from the Lord as this was, he does it. The same holds true for us. Before we go up against our enemy, we must remove idolatry from our own life. This resets us so we can be repositioned for victory. We cannot fight a spiritual battle in the same spirit that we are confronting. If we do, we will be defeated.
What did Gideon do so far? He gave a generous offering, he worshipped, and he obeyed by removing idolatry. Then in verse 34 it says, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. Gideon went from hiding in a wine press threshing wheat for food to commanding an army for national deliverance. As a result of hearing, seeing and obeying, Gideon is now reset and repositioned to defeat the enemy of Israel.
May Gideons arise in this hour! To be continued…