Written By: Rosa Ayele
As we go through life, we face numerous struggles and battles. Many times, as Christians, it seems that we have lost sight of our real enemy, the devil.
Often, instead of fighting the real enemy, we fight against ourselves and others. The devil is terrified of us realizing who God says we are.
In 1 John 5:4 we read
THERE WAS ONCE A MAN NAMED GIDEON..
In the Bible, there was a man named Gideon that represents most of us. Gideon was an Israelite in a time where the people were under the oppression of the Midianites and had lost sight of their identity. He too has lost hope and was in question of God. However, this changed when God revealed Gideon his identity.
The Bible tells us, “when the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, The Lord is with you mighty warrior” (Judges 6: 12). Did you notice the last two words?! Mighty Warrior!
Often, like Gideon we either don’t know or forget our identity, and allow the devil to oppress us as the Israelites allowed the Midianites to oppress them.
Notice how prior to Gideon fighting with the Midianites, he fought with the knowledge of the victory God had already given to him. Encouraging the 300 men that were with him just before going to the battle, Gideon tells them
Like Gideon, we become a vessel for God to use to bring solutions and hope to the world. When Gideon started to walk out from a place of victory, he was able to not only set Israel free from the Midianites, but also restore their faith in God by destroying Baal’s altar that separated the Israelites from God.
There is a calling over you and a name God has given you. Don’t hide in the fear of your weakness. Embrace your identity and allow God to use your ordinariness to show His extraordinariness!
See you next Monday!