How we can become more than conquerors (series) part – 2

We continue the second part in our series of how to be more than conquerors as we look at Gideon. We will start in a most unsuspecting place with the anxiety of Gideon. The Anxiety of Gideon – As we consider the life of Gideon, we discover that he lacked confidence and was filled with anxiety. We too must learn to overcome our anxiety as we trust the

Lord to do the impossible in our lives. Consider:

Gideon’s Activity and there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

Typically, in that day wheat was thrashed on the threshing floor, a place
set aside near the field of harvest using oxen to tread out the grain. It is noble that Gideon is working in the harvest at all, but he has been overcome with fear. He isn’t using all that is available to him to ensure the harvest. He has brought a small portion of the wheat to the winepress and is working in secret, hidden from the Midianites.

Sadly, this is the case for many believers today. We have abandoned the harvest, content with a little work around the church, hidden from the world. We have found this is much easier. As long as the world isn’t aware of what we are doing, we don’t have to take a stand for the field. We have grown complacent with the little that is being done. We may see a little grain brought in to the storehouse, but much of the harvest remains in the field. You will likely be attacked while working in the field, but we must labor for the harvest. I’m glad someone endured the difficulties to labor for my soul!

Gideon’s Apprehension “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Upon hearing the call of God Gideon begins to question whether it is a worthy task. He complains about the situation Israel is facing. If God hasn’t forsaken us, why has all of this come upon us? Why hasn’t God performed a mighty miracle and taken care of the Midianites?

Gideon seems resigned to the fact that the suffering they face will never improve; this must be God’s will for our lives. He has decided to accept things as they are.

Satan would have us believe that God has abandoned us. He wants us to believe our
efforts will make no difference. God is sovereign and He can do all things, but He desires us to be workers in the harvest. We cannot assume that things will never be any better.

If you and I aren’t willing to stand for the Lord, if you aren’t willing to stand for truth, and try to make a difference, who will? I can tell you that it isn’t God’s will for men to die lost or for truth to be hidden. He came for whosoever will. He wants none to perish, and God is a God of truth.

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