Judges 7:4-7

How To Prepare For Battle

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Judges 7:4-7 then the LORD said to Gideon the people are still too many bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you this one shall go with you he shall go with you but everyone of whom I say to you this one shall not go with you he shall not go so he brought the people down to the water and the LORD said to Gideon you shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps as well as everyone who kneels to drink now the number of those who lapped putting their hand to their mouth was three hundred men but all the rest of the people knelt to drink water the LORD said to Gideon I will deliver you with the three hundred men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands so let all the other people go each man to his home are you facing a battle today how do you prepare for a battle with God’s plan and not your plan that’s the issue here Gideon had his plan he was called to battle against the midianites and yet he had too many people and God said your army is too big I want to make sure that everybody knows that I’m the one that will go before you I will deliver the midianites into your hands what was God doing stripping his leader Gideon of all his trust in himself all his trust in his warriors all his trust in his battleplan his own human effort and strength and that’s really the message today not that we’re not supposed to have a plan or we’re not supposed to engage in what God has called us to do with what we know to do but our trust can never be in our plan our trust can never be in our own strength our trust has to be in what God has called us to do the fact that God has a plan and we need to walk with Him in relationship as I think about it I think everything in life is designed to drive us into relationship with God so that if we have a lot of money we’re supposed to seek God what do you want me to do with all this money if we don’t have very much money we’re to seek God God what do you want me to do as a result of the lack of money so that we’re constantly coming into relationship with God so are you aware of the angelic host that’s around you doing battle on your behalf I mean Gideon needed to realize I’m not called to be a natural man I’m called to walk in the supernatural God wants to do supernatural things on my behalf today I believe God wants to do supernatural things in your life today He wants to do supernatural things in your business supernatural things in your family God wants us to walk as Gideon and sometimes God removes resources things that we were trusting in and the reason is because we had a trust in those things He wants to teach us to trust in Him alone Gideon had a promise here’s what God said I will give the midianites into your hands so let all the other people go home you don’t need to trust in a big army trust in what I’ve told you trust in my word and that is a key lesson have you learned to trust in God’s word in God’s plan in what God has said to you expecting God to do supernatural things I believe that’s what God wants to do for us today is for us to learn to walk everyday expecting God to do supernatural things although we’re walking in the natural we’re doing natural things which release God to do supernatural things Gideon did have to show up he did have to take his three hundred men he did have to go engage the Gideonites pardon me not the Gideonites the midianites Gideon engaged the Midianites and God went before him and delivered them into his hand so let’s pray Father I pray today for us that you would show us your plan in business in our family in our work in the things that we have to do today Father where the enemy would confront us what is your plan I pray for you today that you would hear his voice that you would know what the Father says and that you would walk today in God’s supernatural plan Father I pray that you go before each one of us and that you will deliver your enemies into our hands with the resources that you’ve given us thank you Father today that we can walk forth expecting like Gideon to walk in the supernatural not just the natural in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Amen

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