By Kim Eidel
Judges 6:1-6 and 14-16
There are many times in life when specific circumstances loom so large before us that our hearts constrict in our chests. Perhaps we feel overwhelmed, inadequate, panicky, or downright fearful. Gideon felt much the same way when the Lord instructed him to strike down the Midianites who had oppressed the people of Israel for seven years. But before God could move on behalf of His people, He had to have a proper vessel to work through. Because fear is the opposite of faith, the Father knew that fear had to be removed out of Gideon’s heart so His will could be accomplished. In verse nine, the Lord told Gideon to go down to the enemy’s camp and listen to what was being said and voiced that Gideon would leave encouraged.
God gave the keys to increased faith to Gideon so that His Word would prevail. You may be asking “What keys…?”. First, instruction was given to Gideon much like the Word of God; and secondly, Gideon was instructed to listen to what was being said, which was confirmation of God’s provision. Think about it. There were so many Midianites that they could not be counted; there were only 300 Israelites. This was a huge mountain for Gideon and it looked impossible in man’s eyes. But praise God, His eyes see the end result and Gideon was told that deliverance for Israel was at hand.
Notice in verse 15, when Gideon received confirmation from the Lord he worshiped God. He worshiped God before the victory. It may not have been easy at first, but Gideon decided to take God at His Word and boldly declared to his people to rise up because the Lord was delivering the enemy into their hands. Gideon spoke of things that had not yet happened as if they had already taken place.
Let’s review what Gideon did. He first heard the Lord’s instruction, he received encouragement to overcome fear, he worshiped God before the victory, he followed the plan of attack from the Lord, and because of his obedience and faith, God delivered the Israelites out of the enemies hands.
Friend, it does not matter what circumstances you face in life, and the size of your mountain is not significant. God is bigger than anything and everything you will ever encounter! Christian, you first need to focus on the Lord, saturate yourself with the Word, build your faith up by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17); worship Him before and during the storm, and speak your victory and not the problem. If you use these keys that God has provided, then you too will walk through to victory!
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Kim Eidel is an Apostolic Minister and founder of Arise Ministries — a non-profit religious organization and its divisions — that teaches the “how-to’s” of faith and practice.
With a mandate to serve, encourage, empower, and disciple through speaking engagements, live events, writing, and broadcasting, Kim equips others to grow spiritually and to develop a closer and more personal relationship with the Lord.
Kim is an ordained minister through the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and is the Executive Pastor at the Refuge Church of God in New Martinsville, WV and has a degree in education. She is also the author of several published articles and enjoys teaching the principles of God’s Kingdom.
Kim and her husband, George, live in West Virginia with their four children.