Memorize: “Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour’” Judges 6:11-12.
Devotional Reading: Gideon 6: 11 – 40
Before he was called by God, Gideon was just an average man with no special skills. He was not particularly brave or talented. Like other Israelites, he primarily was concerned about the threats of the Midianites, just trying to hide grain from them.
But everything changed when he responded to God’s call. Empowered by His Spirit, Gideon was transformed into a “mighty man of valour.” The leader of his people.
Because the Lord was with him, he destroyed the altars of Baal and became a shrewd commander, employing revolutionary strategies to win battles.
Gideon owe his success to God, and because he responded to His call, he listened to God, and completely depended on Him, God proved himself to Gideon as a mighty God.
The only reason why many believers do not experience great manifestation of the power of God in their lives is because they did not fully focus on God and surrender all to Him. Many trust in their own abilities instead of trusting in God’s ability.
Gideon’s problems occurred when he started focusing on himself and stopped depending on God. When he began to take his successes personally and go his own way.
All of us need to remember these mistakes, and realise that we owe everything to God. All our abilities and resources. Our gifts and talents. Our thoughts and plans. We gained and received them all from God.
None of us has any right to boast, be proud, or take credit. No matter what we might have accomplished in our lives, what rewards or recognition we might have received, we owe them all to God.
Ultimately, we need to remember that we only are God’s vessels. Stewards of the resources He has given to us.
Like Gideon, you will find maximum impact and fulfilment as you surrender your life to God. When you let Him direct your life, and serve Him faithfully. Greater glory, achievements and victories await you if you honour God in your successes and achievements.
I pray that God will give you a grateful heart so that you can receive more blessings from Him.
Prayer: Father, help me honour you in all my achievements and take all the glory in Jesus name.
Key Dose: The secret to continue enjoying God’s Supernatural blessings is to give him all the glory
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)