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.

The devil is terrified of us realizing who God says we are
He often comes after our identity making us feel insecure and unworthy. Although we easily seem to forget, we must make a conscious effort to remind ourselves that the devil has already been defeated through Christ.

In 1 John 5:4 we read

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
The best part about Christ’s victory is that when we become a new Creation through Christ, we also inherit that victory and power. If we keep fighting with the mindset of hoping to win, then we’ve already lost. But when we fight, we must realize that we are starting from a place of victory! How refreshing is that?

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.

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
. Additionally, when God is calling us to something bigger, like Gideon we try to provide excuses and reasons. Additionally in Judges 6: 14-15 we notice that once the angel tells Gideon that he is a warrior, Gideon tries to argue back by saying:
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? ‘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’.
Once Gideon accepted that God was with him, do you know what happens next? This man victoriously wins the Midianites with just 300 men. Though now you may look like an ordinary person like Gideon was to the people around him, an encounter and knowledge of God and the identity He gives you transforms your life.

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

Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands – Judges 7: 15
Just like Gideon, there is a warrior within you
Just like Gideon, there is a warrior within you. Awaken and take a position in the place God has called you!

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!

Written by Christina Girma

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