Deb Miller Robinson
What We Learn From Gideon
•Gideon Awaken for Battle
•With the help of Holy Spirit – Great Spirit we need to look at scriptures through the lenses of Holy Spirit.
•Open your spiritual eyes and see
•In every battle there is a spiritual battle along with a physical battle
•The story of Gideon applies to us today, in the battle of the land and defilement on the land in the water ways, that we are commissioned to fight for
•Meaning of Gideon = destroyer,
•He was the fifth judge after Deborah
•He was one who listened to God and did what God told him to do
•He was tribal
•He had an encounter that changed his thinking and changed his relationship with God.
•He was a conqueror for his family and his baton.
•He knew how to listen to God
•He was a man who took acton and became a leader of a mighty army
•He changed history
•Judges 6:11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak tree (terebinth) at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon was beating wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites.
•Midianites = strife, Midyan son of Abraham and Keturah. •This is the land where Moses fed Pharaoh. •This was the valley where David killed Goliath •Abiezrite was a descendant of Joseph son Mannishness. Meaning - My father is help •Josh means given by the Lord.
•This is the history of this place, where the angel sat and was sent by God •Oak means strong tree. •Angel was sent to address what was going on in the land & Gideon
• The baton (Israel) was weakened by their enemies (Midianites & Amalekites)
•For it was when Israel had sown (scattered seed), when they planted or produced growth, they were attacked and the enemy came to devastate all (the people and the land).
•Amalekites means dweller in the valley and grandson of Esau. •In Exodus 17:14 God said He will surely wipe out the remembrance of Amalek •History of the land is very important (spiritual mapping)
•What has God said about our land, know what you are fighting for. •
•The angel was sent to commission Gideon and encourage him to become what Creator God called him to
•We could say it this way, with our spiritual eyes of why the angel was sent to this place for Gideon. The angel sat under a strong tree (trees are sometimes referred to as people) The land belonged to, the Lord, and maintained by My Father the helper. This is why the Midianites (enemy) attacked it and had strife with the people/owners of the land.
•When we sow into God’s land, the enemy is not happy
•This is why Gideon was chosen to fight for the land that belonged to God • •
•Judges 6:12 and the Angel of the Lord appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him “ the Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor.”(fearless courage) The angel told him who he was in God, when he thought he was the least in his father’s house from the weakest & poorest clan/tribe.
•When he thought he didn’t mater in God’s Kingdom. I’m not good enough, I don’t know how to fight. •Then the Lord said to him: Go in this might of yours, (God sees who you really are - a warrior for Him) and you shall
save Israel (your nation) from the hand of your enemies. (told him of his victory to come) •Have I (God) not sent you!!!! •I (God) will be with you
•Judges 6:14 •Gideon stated if God is with us, then why have we been attacked, why is all this things befallen us?
•Where are the signs and wonders that our ancestors told us about.
•Did not the Lord bring us out of bondage/Egypt.
•Has God forgotten/forsaken us •Sometimes we feel this way in our own land, in our own house, in our families •
Gideon didn’t know his enemy, he knew who they were but not why they attacked
•Judges 6:16 •God reassured him again – surely I will go with you and you shall smite the Midianites as one man
•Sometimes we need reassurance that God is with us.
•This was the building up of their relationship
•This is when Gideon’s eyes and ears were opened.
•In building up our relationship with God our eyes and ears are opened to who He is.
•If I have favor in Your sight show me a sign that it was Him who was talking to him
•Gideon wanted to make sure he heard right, we need to ask God - show me a sign, confirm this is what I am
hearing. This is the sign of maturity.
•Make sure God is with you on assignments, get confirmation this is Your assignment.
•Gideon asked God – do not leave, I want to bring you an offering. When I bring my offering I want to set before you.
• God and the angel waited. He always waits for us
•When you have an assignment, what is the sacrifice you are to bring to Honor God? We bring a sacrifice and sit before Him.
•Gideon went and prepared a sacrifice for Yah.
•He prepared = an act with effect, to commit, make an offering, observe, to celebrate
•This is what he prepared:
1.a young goat (a sacrificed animal,)
2. unleavened cakes/bread- matzah (no sin) made from ephah of four (large/bushel measurement of) Usually a four offering for a sin offering, was made by the poor, four can represent – bread of life (Messiah), source of strength, abundance from God
3.broth – juice from the meat, a rinsing, to polish. Put the meat in a basket (woven of rods) and the broth in a pot. Gideon brought his offering place it under an Oak Tree and presented it to God.
This is how my spiritual eyes see’s this: Our sacrifice of worship takes time to prepare to honor God, we bring an offering to God, an offering that is a special sacrifice in this destitute time. A sacrifice that represents flesh, (mankind’s flesh) represents bread of life, strength. In bringing our offering, we are favored by God. We carry our cleansing that He brings us into.
Our offering is woven together as we bring it. We bring our offering in strength and power, when we present it to God we draw near to God.
We must bring a sacrifice, an offering to Honor God and honor our assignment. What am I to sacrifice for this assignment
•Judges 6:20, And the Angel of God said to him, take the meat and unleavened cakes and lay them on this rock and pour the broth over them. And he did as he was instructed.
•Sometimes the Angel of God instructs us as we bring the sacrifice, that draws us closer. There is a pattern in what to do with a sacrifice.
As we lay the flesh of mankind, the strength we have in Jesus, and the cleansing, God Answers.
•21 – The Angel of God reached out the top of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat, the unleavened cakes, and there fared up fire from the rock and consumed the sacrifice Then the Angel of God vanished. This was the sign Gideon asked for.
•Meaning put the offering on Jesus (the rock), pour out the broth (pour out oneself), the top (the end, of negativity) of the staff (your support of every kind, our walk), the Angel’s hand (surrender, open worship, to receive) and touch (weapon to destroy) fare up (arrow’s of God’s fire) brought an altar of fire from Yah.
We are consumed by God with His Mighty Weapon. Our assignment is confirmed by Him. The Angel of God assignment was complete.
• Judges 6:22 Gideon perceived He was the Angel sent by God and he had seen him face to face. •Sometimes when an angel leaves, we are in awe of God and a deeper relationship happens. •Judges 6:23 Then God said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear; you shall not die.”
•Peace = shalom = be full of - completeness, safety, soundness in body, welfare, health, prosperity, tranquility, contentment, friendship, covenant relationship (when God says this) speaking light into chaos.
Accept what the prince of peace has done for us.
•I have a covenant relationship with you Gideon, be full of completeness, safety, welfare, health prosperity, tranquility, contentment, of friendship, do not be afraid of the battle, of the enemy, and I am telling you, you will not die.
• Judges 6:24 Then Gideon builds an altar there to God and called it: God is peace, to this day it still stands in Ophrah, the land of his family, his nation.
•When he did this he honored God with peace.
He established a cause to continue.
He set up a monument for all to see.
He made a prophetic statement for history.
He caused a nation to rebuild.
He defined relationship between God and mankind.
He honored his assignment and established man’s duties to God.
He realized the power of God.
He had an encounter that launched his assignment and his role as a leader that God called him to.
•Judges 6:25,26 That night God said to Gideon. Take your father’s bull, the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has and cut down the Asherah pole that is beside it, and build an altar to Me on top of this stronghold, with stones laid in proper order. Then take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the Asherah which you cut down.
•God gave him the battle plan, strategic, proper order instruction. When Gideon did this, he changed his family (father) and changed his nation. This was the stronghold that was keeping God from blessing the family and nation.
• Two bulls = two stands for unity, God divided on the 2nd day, light and darkness, earthly waters and heavenly waters, good and evil, number for an important assignment. •Sent out two by two. Mark 6:7 Mouth of two witnesses. Deut 19:15
•#7 Completeness, perfection, both in physical and spiritual. Sacred number in native culture.
•Pull down = destroy, overthrow, breakthrough
•Baal = fertility deity of the phoenicians and cannanites, god of lust, porn, sex trafficking, immoral sex,affairs, etc. Sun god – false god, satan
•Asherah – Mother goddess of fortune, fertility. Easter, sacred trees or poles setup near an altar of baal, lady of the sea.
•God gave Gideon instructions in the night. Usually when we are awaken at night, God has our attention, for we are not distracted. He was very specific in His instructions to him.
•You tear it down, build an altar to Me this is how I want you to build an altar. Place the stones in a proper pattern = a military array (put soldiers in position ready to fight), set in order, rank, row. Sacrifice the seven year old bull (seven years of flesh, mankind) and burn it with the stronghold that is keeping people in bondage.
• Stones can mean foundations: stones that have been placed in our lives that are either good or bad from family, others, from satan.
•Good stones: you are valuable, you are wanted, you are needed, you are important to me, you are in My army, you have gifs that need to be used, you have talents that I need for my army, etc.
•Holes in foundations: lies from the enemy, you are worthless, you are rejected, you aren’t important, you don’t measure up, you’re not a soldier, you don’t mater, I wish I never had you, I don’t love you, etc
•What stones need to be removed from your foundation. What strongholds do you need to burn at the altar that you made to God.
• Judges 6: 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as God had told him, but because he was afraid of his fathers household and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it by night.
•Ten = God’s order, divine perfection, honor God’s covenant according to His order and our responsibility.
•He did this at night = undercover, protective shadow, midnight (night watch)
•3rd watch represents (midnight to 3am)
•Much spiritual activity happens
•Must stay focus
•Bondages broken of
•Israelites came out of bondages/firstborn killed
•Time of change
•Righteousness wins over wickedness
•Excellent time to break strongholds and struggles
•Judges 6:28 and when the men of the city arose early in the morning, the altar of baal was cast down, and the asherah was cut down that was beside it and the second bull was offered on the altar which had been built.
•Then the men of the city commanded Joash (Gideon s’ father) to bring out his son, that he may die, for he has pulled down the altar of baal and cut down the asherah beside it.
•But Joash said to all who stood against him. Will you contend for baal? Or will you save him? He who will contend for baal, let him be put to death while it is still morning. If baal is god, let him contend for himself because one has pulled down his altar. Therefore on that day he called Gideon.
Jerubbaal meaning, let baal contend against him, because he had pulled down his altar. Ye rub-ba-al
•When we make the enemy mad he comes after us and our family. In this instance Gideon’s father stood up for him. Gideon had set him free by what he had done, his eyes were open to who baal wasn’t and to who the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was.
•This was the start of stepping out and stepping forward for Gideon. He now knew who he was in God and whose he was. God waited for Gideon to come back to Him with a sacrifice that pleased Him. This encounter deepened their relationship
•How has God called you? Is God waiting for you to respond by bringing a sacrifice for the assignment that He has for you. How have you responded? How have you honored God or honored your assignment?
•What is the plan for you to get free, for you to set your family free, for you to set a nation free?
•Have you confirmed your assignment.
•Do you have servants/team along beside you that know how to serve to help complete the assignment?
Do you trust them? Your servant/team - you should know them, know they are in a righteous place with God to go forth in a battle.
•Do you see yourself as God sees you?
•Are you willing to go and contend for victory for God?
•Are you willing to listen to what God has to say?
•Where is your might?
•Gideons Traits: Gideon Judges 6-8
1.He declines to lead unless God calls
2.He had favor with God
3.He asked for a sign (to confirm)
4.He brought an offering to God. A special sacrifice in this destitute time.
5.He took time to prepare his offering of worship to God.
6.Meat, flour, and broth
7.He met face to face
8.God said peace be with you, do not fear, you will not die
9.Gideon name the altar: The Lord Is Peace
10.God instructed Him – tear down the altar of baal (this was in his family and nation) and cut down the wooden images
11.Build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock with the proper arrangement and take the bull of your father for 7 years (completion) and the wood from the image.
12.Gideon took 10 of his servants
13.He did this at night
Gideon as a leader
•1. He knew his assignment
•2. He depends upon God at every turn
•3. He turns faith into action
•4. He uses the gifs that God has given him to lead others – telling the three hundred who stuck with him to watch him and follow his example.
•5. He trusts his army
•6. He releases his army in their gifs, in their talents, in their way to war
•7. He gives God glory before and after his victory.
•8. He humbly gives others credit that belongs to him (builds up, encourages his army)
•9. He refuses to establish a dynasty after he has fulfilled God's charge/assignment.
Leaders Traits: Gideon Judges 6-8
He declines to lead unless God calls
He depends upon God at every turn
He turns faith into action
He uses the gifts that God has given him to lead others – telling the three hundred who stuck with him to watch him and follow his example.
He trusts his army
He releases his army in their gifts, in their talents, in their way to war
He gives God glory before and after his victory.
He humbly gives others credit that belongs to him (builds up, encourages his army)
He refuses to establish a dynasty after he has fulfilled God's charge/assignment.
Judges 6:12 and the Angel of the Lord appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him “ the Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor.” The angel told him who he was in God, when he thought he was the weakest man from the smallest tribe.
300 men = deliverance, all had trumpet's, pitcher's & torches (sound, water, & fire)
Meaning of 300= Letter Shin + God Appears
A Divinely Appointed Period of Time – Election Number Connected to the “Children of Promise” Supernatural Victory Over Enemies Including Death Number connected with The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Messiah Signifies final Blood Sacrifice Made by the Perfect Lamb of God.
•Doing Battle As A Team
•Come together as a team to pray, worship and receive from God
•Accept each one in who they are
•Help them when they are weak
•Pull out of them who they really are as a warrior
•Encourage each other
•Unity is powerful
•No man/woman left behind
•Serve one another
•Love each other
•Don’t pick up offense
•Deal with your anger – when you stay in anger, you effect those around you
•Worship Yahweh – when you do this, demons have to flee
•Put your armor on daily
•Stay alert – look out for one another
•Receive healing – freedom
•Follow the leaders guidance
•Take covenant meal/communion together
•Know the battle plan from Yahweh, when you spend time with Him, He will give you the battle plan
•Heal as a team
•Clear the airways
•Find out what the assignment is about
•Get refreshed, restored, renewed
•Know your weapons and which ones God wants you to use
•Hit the target
•Pull the trigger •
Know who the enemy is (people are not the enemy)
•Go out two by two, more is better
•Have a prayer partner/intercessors to help
•Make sure this is your assignment
•Help those who become wounded
•Learn how to bond with each other
•Is this an undercover assignment, what type of assignment
•Use your authority against the enemy
•Honor each ones assignment role, and how they are to fight
•Pray from a point of victory
•Each battle is different and requires a different plan
•Don’t give up or quit
•Know the history a place (spiritual mapping)
•Know what happened on the land – defilement
•Keep your mind renewed in God’s word
• Sometimes your part is to come in and worship and God does the rest •It’s ok to make mistakes – learn from them
•Battle of the mind – take care of it
•Ask what does this mean and what must I do about it. (when you are under attack) vs why did this happen to me
•Do you have misconceived ideas about the assignment or a person. Don’t bring your own agenda. God’s agenda •
Know the truth and ask God what the truth is
•Learn and ask how to step it up •You are a team – work as a team, not a lone ranger
•Honor each team mate in what they have to bring
•Let people vent – they don’t always want advice
•Know your boundaries
•Address the enemy who is attacking the team
•It is not what you want but what God wants
•Be over comers
•Learn to forgive. Learn to repent
•Don’t dwell on the past – move forward
•Honor yourself – forgive your self
•Manifestations should be dealt with
•Apply Holy Spirit rules
•You torment the enemy – don’t let him torment you.
•It is ok to ask for help
•Let others know when you are under attack
•When others realize you are under attack – listen to what they have to say (you don’t always know you are under attack
•Be aware of familiar spirits
•Ask God how you should pray over someone when you see something on them or are you just to pray for them. It may be something they need to release. Release over them how God sees them not what you see the enemy has done.
•There is a victim/self pity spirit – pay attention
•When you are hurt – talk to the one who hurt who – could be a misunderstanding
•The world will know you by your love for one another
•Trust God, Trust Your Leader, Trust Yourself, Trust others
•Release yourself and your team from the assignment when it is completed. Do a spiritual cleanse on each other.
Deb Miller Robinson – Eagle Warrior