THE VALIANT WARRIOR
The valiant warrior is Gideon. It is a time of spiritual erosion, the land is devastated, and Israel is in need of deliverance. As chapter six begins Gideon, a young man, is grinding the wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. The enemy descended upon them like locusts to innumerable to count. After seven years of the enemy destroying the crops, stealing their sheep, ox, cattle, and devastating the harvest. Israel is torn, tattered, and oppressed. Instead of rejoicing over the harvesting of crops great fear hovered over them like a dark cloud. Suddenly THE ANGEL OF THE LORD appears and called out to him…that “suddenly” is about to happen again. When the Lord returns will HE find you a valiant warrior or an idol worshiper?
Are you finding yourself in the same situation as Gideon? Are you looking at your life and wondering what happened … where have the years gone? Where is my harvest? Is your family under attack? Are your children enslaved to…? As the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord in verse seven, the principle of calling upon the Lord for deliverance is still in effect today. In fact even more so, in this present age the blood of Jesus still continues to cry out “it is finished!” (John 19:30) If you find yourself in the same situation as Gideon perhaps it is time to turn to the Lord.
As the chapter continues, Gideon is instructed to pull down the Baal alter and to cut down the Asherah (a tree trunk which symbolized fertility). In the same location, he was to build an alter to the Lord and worship. This concept, of dealing with sin, is the first step of deliverance for you, your family, and for the nation. When the men of the city arose, the following morning, to find the Baal alter and the Asherah cut down violent opposition and rage filled the air. The moral of the story is: the spirits of darkness may oppose you… but light always conquers darkness!
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
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