I’m going to be sharing something that has been stirring in me since yesterday’s part 2 of the series our pastor is doing called, “The Struggle is Real”. We’ve been studying about Gideon in Judges 6-7, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the story. The Midianites were severely oppressing the people of God, taking all of their grain and they were starving to death. So Gideon was found by the Lord, in the winepress crushing wheat. He was doing the right thing in the wrong place. But here’s what I want to touch on this morning. Although Gideon was a very ordinary man, least in his family, his name meant ‘warrior’ so we see that he was not living up to his name.
After the Lord convinces Gideon to fight the Midianites and that He would be with him and defeat his enemies, chapter 7:1 shows a name change. “Early in the morning Jerub-Baal (Gideon) and all his men set up their camp at the spring of Harod. The Midianites were camped in the valley at the bottom of the hill called Moreh, north of Gideon and his men.” His new name meant, ‘Defeater of your enemies’, so Gideon went from a warrior to a defeater.
A warrior is someone who does battle. Many of us have been in a battle, fighting to survive, to pay our bills, provide for our families, fighting for health and healing, but today, God is changing your name. You are now a defeater of your enemies. Why? Because the Lord your God wants you to see He has given you all you need to win. He will fight the battle for you, all you need to do is listen and obey His voice.
God is trying to reposition you to a place of victor, not victim, but He can’t do it until you stop striving and rest in the Secret Place of the Most High. You’ve tried everything else, why not trust in Him? There’s nothing He can’t do or hasn’t already done to pay the price for your healing, your deliverance and your victory. He wants you to listen to Him so He can position you at the right place at the right time. Stop the vicious cycle. Stop trying to fix things yourself. That’s self effort and God is not pleased with self effort. He wants you to see He’s changed your name. You don’t have to fight anymore, you are a defeater of your enemies.
Father, I’m so grateful that you see me differently than I see myself. When I look in the mirror, I see my flesh and I don’t like it. But when You look at me, You see my spirit and what I am in You. Help me to see my spirit and not my flesh. To know who I am and operate from my position in You, not my natural position on earth. I am Your daughter, a princess of Your Kingdom. I must learn what my position entitles me to so that I can do Your will here on the earth. I’m ready, Lord. Change my name! You are with me and I will defeat my enemies. In Jesus’ Name, Amen