Don’t Give Up 1

11 Then the Lord’s angel came to the village of Ophrah and sat under the oak tree that belonged to Joash, a man of the clan of Abiezer. His son Gideon was threshing some wheat secretly in a wine press, so that the Midianites would not see him. 12 The Lord’s angel appeared to him there and said, “The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man!”

13 Gideon said to him, “If I may ask, sir, why has all this happened to us if the Lord is with us? What happened to all the wonderful things that our fathers told us the Lord used to do—how he brought them out of Egypt? The Lord has abandoned us and left us to the mercy of the Midianites.”

14 Then the Lord ordered him, “Go with all your great strength and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I myself am sending you.”

15 Gideon replied, “But Lord, how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.”

16 The Lord answered, “You can do it because I will help you. You will crush the Midianites as easily as if they were only one man.” Judges Chapter 6:11-16.

The above describes the calling of Gideon to be the man who would save the Israelites from the Midianites.
However the scriptures describe his calling, they also show a man who had given up in life until God helped him back to the path of his destiny.

Verse 1 it is written that the Israelites had sinned against God so He allowed a tribe stronger than them to terrorise  and oppress then for a period of 7years. In verse 2-4 it is written that anytime the Israelites were about to harvest and celebrate their hard work; the Midianiates and the desert tribes would come as many as locusts, camp around them and eat all their crop and livestock. This led to fear among the Israelites. This oppression led to this – -verse 11 that “Gideon was found hiding.” That is what oppression will do to us – it will make us hide because we feel defeated under it. Further of what I learnt from the scriptures:-
1). It is possible to give up on life based on circumstances we face. The Israelites faced oppression and defeat for 7years. Can you believe trying to be someone, or strive to achieve something and it is always meeting defeat?! It could be lack of school fees, it could be sickness, it could be facing rejection, biasness, discrimination and you felt like giving up or have already given up like Gideon.  But there is freedom from destiny destroyers and from the death trap called giving up and it’s Jesus!

You see until the angel of the Lord came to Gideon would still have lived in a trap called backwardness, giving up and   stagnation. Until the angel of the Lord told Him the truth about who he was that is when he got freed!

So I have learnt it is important to have Yahweh in your life, lead and control your life for he will give you answers that will lead us to freedom..

Get to know the truth about your life through Jesus Christ it is written that God is the way the truth and the life John 8:32. And the truth shall set us free🙌🙌. I feel many of us give up because we live a lie. We have believed a lie for sometime and it became ‘our truth.’

Gideon lived a lie thinking that he could never live out his potential and ambitions. I bet he tried but always met  defeat, disappointments, disaster failure such that  when the Angel of the Lord called him mighty man it was hard for him to believe for he had already given up on himself. But the truth came to set him free. 😁😁🙌🙌👏👏.  So I have learnt it is important to get acquainted with the word of God.  For the word of God is life – life that has come to save and set us free. So before you give up I would like you to first get to:

  1. know what God says about you.
  2. Get to know what He can do for you.
  3. Get to know what He can through you. Know that you are purposeful. Know that there is a grace to live life. Know that God has your name on the palm of His hands{Isaiah 49:16}.So your life, dreams are in His hands😀🙌🙌. He will not let go of you so, don’t let go of Him and you will make it in life.  It will not be easy but it will be made possible through Him.  Alleluia. Amina.

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