Day 11: Day of Recognition
And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
Many people today allow the circumstances of their life to define their personal identity. Gideon was one such man. When the angel of the Lord found Gideon he was threshing wheat in a winepress, hiding out from the enemy and filled with despair and defeat. The nation of Israel was under the oppression of their enemy and great fear and discouragement covered the nation. And, they no longer saw themselves as the chosen people of God. Gideon had begun to question if God was with them any longer, asking that question that so many of us may ask in the midst of struggles, “If God is with me, why has all this happened to me?”
The angel gave Gideon a charge. He said to Gideon in Judges 6:14 …. “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” Gideon saw himself as the least of the least, but God saw him as a mighty man of valor with purpose and destiny. Too often we allow the circumstance around us to define who we are instead of remembering the purpose and destiny God has placed within us. As we enter into day eleven of our fast, begin to come into agreement with what God says about you. If you’ve forgotten, you might say something like: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13); I am an heir to the promises of God because I am in Christ Jesus (Ga.l 3:29); I am more than a conqueror in all things (Romans 8:37); I am the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13-14); I will not give up on myself because He will continue the work He began in me (Phil. 1:6); All the spiritual promises in the Heavenly places are mine (Eph. 1:3); God has equipped me with all I need for life and for serving Him (2 Peter 1:3).
These are just a few of the truths of Scripture revealing how God sees you. He has given you the authority to be His child (John 1:12) because you have chosen to receive His Son. He is your loving Heavenly Father who has given you His Spirit so you can be empowered in this life for victory. Today, if you are feeling the weight of your life’s circumstances, remember that God is with you and has empowered you for victory. He sees you as a mighty man or woman of valor with purpose and destiny and just like Gideon, He will lead you into victory!