Matthew 18:18-20 – “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” NKJV
How did Gideon and his rag tag army win such an incredible victory? There are several things that I would like you to consider and one of the most significant is: He Worshipped Through Prayer! I would contend that one should NEVER pray to pray but pray to hear God. Prayer is both communion and communication not simply a religious ritual or experience.
Have you ever noticed that you are often miserable if you are not walking in the Plan of God for your life? Dissatisfaction is present and prevalent. Money, recognition and the world’s definition of success does not satisfy. In order to know God’s Plan it is imperative that we both commune and communicate with Him. God desires to talk to us. Remember the words of Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me and I will…”
It was in Gideon’s prayer time that God SPOKE a WORD TO HIM that transformed his faith and focus. It was a Specific Word for a Specific Time! It was transformational and that is exactly what God wants to do in your life. He has a word for your situation and although He may confirm that word through others He desires to communicate directly with you.
“Arise, for the Lord has delivered into your hands the hosts of Midian…” WOW! God says, before the event: “Gideon you won!” That is seeing the end from the beginning. In the natural it had not happened but God declared it had and Gideon came into agreement with that word. He communicated it to those following him and they came into agreement and obeyed the word. They walked it out!
I am convinced that one of the reasons people fail to make more progress is we do not have a WORD from the Lord or we do not hold on to that WORD from the Lord. I have had many times when God gave me a specific WORD or DIRECTION and nothing in the natural was conducive to that becoming reality but I believed it, agreed with it, declared it and stood on it. IT CAME TO PASS!
Gideon gave his followers a word and instructed them to say the same thing. Gideon instructed them that when he said, “The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon” they were to say the same thing. If you remember the account those that feared and doubted were sent home and God only allowed those who were IN AGREEMENT to remain. He does not need numerical superiority in the battle only Faith and Obedience. The strength of Gideon’s army was not their numbers but their Unity.
The question: “What are we saying? What is God saying?” We must find a way to come into agreement with what God is saying in His word and to our hearts. That is our source of strength. We must HEAR God, SPEAK what He says and STAND in unity!
I would encourage you to read and mediate upon James 1:5-8 and allow the Holy Spirit to address the need to HEAR GOD and STAND IN AGREEMENT. Unfortunately some speak the same thing UNTIL trouble comes, long delay transpires, circumstances go sour or something then they speak doubts, fears, and conflicting ideas. When we become double minded the door is closed.
The only thing that can shipwreck your victory is for you to transfer your Agreement from God’s Words to the devil’s questions. Be not weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you do not faint. So commune and communicate with God until you have HEARD then STAND on what you heard in AGREEMENT with that Word.
May God be with you as you go through this day!