There’s a story in the book of Judges chapter 6 where an angel of the Lord declares to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior” “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.” What an amazing word to receive, right?!? Well that’s not how he saw it. Instead Gideon’s reaction showed three issues he had allowed to become the false narrative in his life. First: the feeling of abandonment (verse 13), second: the feeling of insignificance (verse 14), and finally: the feeling of uncertainty (verse 17). Often times we see ourselves through a filter that was created by words or actions by the people in our lives. Maybe it happened recently or during childhood, but over some time they turned into wounds and insecurities that steal the potential that God placed inside of us. That was certainly the case for Gideon, but thankfully he let go of His current perception and stepped into what God sees. That’s why he would go on to defeat the enemy armies and truly become a “mighty warrior”, just as God had previously stated.

So how can we shift our perspective to see ourselves the way God sees us, in order to walk into the space He has called us?

1.       Let go! When Jesus died on the cross for your sins, it was the FINAL WORD! So many Christians miss out on this benefit, because it seems too good to accept. But the truth is that we don’t have to live with the shame of yesterday. He will NEVER condemn you. He loves you! When you can approach Him without hesitation, you can have a daily experience with God’s Presence… and that changes everything!

2.       Step out! We see this in the story of the poor widow in the book of Matthew. While going to the church treasury she took the ultimate step out by giving all she had (though by man’s standards it was very little), while the rich people gave some of their wealth. Yet, Jesus was moved by the poor widow, because out of her poverty she gave EVERYTHING! In the same way, when you commit all your ways to God you touch His heart; you give Him full control to use your life as He sees fit. That’s when you really begin to live, and that’s where the “mighty warrior” in you begins to emerge.

So, as you prepare to spend time with the Lord in prayer and worship today, ask Him to show you the areas in your life where you can let go… and step out.

Justin Bradshaw
Executive Director of Evening, Highlands College

Overseer, Cultivate Church

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