Most people believe that gaining a victory or success must have been through some bloody battles, or maybe there are just some people who sees a victory as something that’s impossible to reach. But i believe that to have a victory, it only needs 0.01% of our effort and 99.99% of God’s.
Well that is what happening to me when i had my victory from a severe eczema and on everyday of my life now. But let see a real story now and what God really wants to say to us so we could reach our victory with Him. Today i’m going to show you the revelation that i got from The Holy Spirit about one man, called Gideon. Gideon son of Joash was one of appointed judges from God for the Israelites. The story of Gideon begins at the book of Judges 6 – 8, and there a lot of things that we could learn from it. These are some of them.
So, to be champion and for a victory :
- It’s not about who you think you are that counts
1 thing that we should get rid of this year is self pity and also ego! There is no a great us, but only The Great Lord. The comparison between men, is not about who’s worth more to be anointed – because there is none of us who’s worth for anything we have, so the battle between men should not be who deserves more but rather who un-deserves more.
14 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?” 15 “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.” 16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” (Judges 6 : 14-16)
God turned to Gideon and asked for the strength that he has, no matter how small it was. Because it is not about our strength from the beginning of our calling, so why are we so depressed sometimes with something that we can’t do?
Well i can say that God prefer to use people who’s “weak, uncountable, unnoticed, sinners, or not worthy” in the eyes of men. Wonder why? Because then it will be all clear, that it is not by a man’s hand that everything is done so he may boast, but only by God’s hand. Or are you just like Gideon? Feeling weak and the least from your people? Hey, good news is, God never intends to use man who thinks he’s the strongest man alive. Ain’t God chose the weak to shame the strong, foolish things to shame the wise? (1 Corinthians 1:27)
- Prepare, prepare, prepare
A champion always prepares his heart and do the practices. Bruce Lee once said, “don’t fear a person who kicks 10,000 times, but fear those who kick 1 time but have practiced it 10.000 times,” – In the battle of life, either it’s spiritually or even business or anything, God works with them who prepares with what he has on hand.
1Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. (Judges 7:1)
Reading the words early in the morning, i can’t help then refered it to other great men on the bible, let say Abraham who prepared him self early in the morning to gave Isaac, Joshua who also prepared his army early on the morning for battles. Everyone seems to be so busy even from early in the morning, right !
This makes me learn personally to also prepare my self from early in the morning everyday. I realize that wake up early in the morning and pray, means to set my heart for something that God wants to do through me today. It is very hard to always remind myself to get up early actually, but i believe the price would be worth it – and once again we only need to prepare with the strength that we have, and you’ll see how God really renew and increase the strength and power for us to accomplish it. (Isaiah 40:29)
- It’s not about how much that you have
2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ ; 4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” (Judges 7:2 ; 4)
I realize that everything happens only by His grace and His words. When i was sick and in my darkest moments, i realize that there is none that i have that could save me through those dark times. My money, my family, my beauty, and all things – they could help me yes, but none that could then save me. Be careful of the things that have become your pride. Our pride should be the great God. When i think my beauty and great body could be my pride, i was torn down on every centimeter of my skin. And know that God doesn’t need anything in this world to actually give you His victory.
3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. ; 7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
This is an interesting story which brings good news for us who feels that we don’t have anything. Look at Gideon who has 30.000 men as his army but how God cut them down to only 300 men left. Do the math, it’s 0.01% men and 99.99% God! How great is our God. If you read the Gideon’s history, you’ll realize that his enemy which is Midianites at that time was as much as locusts on the field, the numbers of their camel even uncountable already. So, with this 300 men only, you’ll see how God worked amazingly and surprisingly. No matter how many and big your enemy is today, God could bring you victory with a surprising way that all you can only boast about is His greatness among you.
God is able to change your 0.01% chances to a victory!
3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
Fear stops us from our victory. A fearful warrior could never wins his battle. Fear is one of the signs of unbelievers. The root of fear actually lays on a doubtful heart to God. We’re afraid because we’ve failed to trust that God’s hand could take us up from anything we’re facing, we’ve failed to trust His heart and intention for our life. That’s why the only things that could erase our fear is called faith.
Your 0.01% is actually your faith.
- Do not quit too early
This is Gideon’s first victory with his 0.01% army.
25 They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the Midianites and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan. (Judges 7:25)
Up to Judges 8, when Gideon had captured the Midianite’s leaders and killed them, notice that none of his soldiers died on the battle! A warrior don’t stop when the battle is still on. They chase the left overs even though it was an exhausted process. We shouldn’t give up the faith too early !
4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. (Judges 8 : 4)
300 army defeated 22.000 swordsmen and chasing the 15.000 without one of them died on the battle. This can only be done by God. What i want to say on this post is that, when we have His blessings and favor, we should fear no more because the victory is ours even when all we have is only 0.01% of chances. He will take it as a weapon to bring victory to nations and souls. Do you wish to be use like this? Prepare yourself, starting now 🙂
10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen. 11 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the unsuspecting army. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army. (Judges 8:10-12)