Focus Passage: “When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, ‘Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!’ He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.” (Judges 7:15-16, NLT)
We all want to step into victory like Gideon did. But sometimes it’s hard to believe that God has given us victory. Whether we’re tired, worn down, or discouraged, we need to trust God’s power to give us victory over sin and evil in our lives!
Let’s look at a few things we can learn about God’s victory in us from Gideon’s story.
1. The victory is won on your knees.
Gideon “bowed in worship before the Lord” (Judges 7:15, NLT). He celebrated God’s victory before it had even happened!
We need to do the same thing. Let’s get on our knees and worship, knowing that our Heavenly Father has already assured the victory of His kingdom.
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4, NLT)
2. The victory is won by speaking faith out of your mouth.
As soon as Gideon heard God’s promise to give him victory over the Midianites, we went and announced it to his men.
“He…shouted, ‘Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianite hordes!’” (Judges 7:15, NLT) Gideon wasted absolutely no time in proclaiming the victory in faith.
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5, NLT)
3. The victory is won with divine strategies.
God’s strategy didn’t look like Gideon expected. The Lord whittled the Israelite army down to 300 men and then told Gideon to arm them with trumpets and water pitchers instead of spears and swords (Judges 7:16).
But God knows best in every battle. ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8, NKJV)
Let’s trust God’s plans for victory, knowing that His understanding is far above ours!
Use the resources He’s given you, and you’ll have all to need to live in victory in 2020.