Todays message is about your enemies dreams. You may have people that come against you in your life that maybe from your family, workplace, in your city in your churches etc, and especially when God has put a dream in front of you to fulfill, it can be discouraging when all you see are hindrances towards your advancements and progress in your life. Today I have a meditation that encouraged me and didn’t realize was in the Bible before. Sometimes God will give prophetic dreams to those that oppress and frustrate your progress and show them how they will be defeated. In this case it happened to little Gideon. A young fella who was in the midst of a situation where the Jews had sinned against God and were now being oppressed by the Midianites who had taken over the land and taken the best places that had crops and food leaving the Children of Israel to be impoverished in Judges 6:1-6. Everything was under their jurisdiction because the Children of Israel had sinned against God and had forgotten God for all that He had done to take them out of captivity from Egypt by worshipping other idols. Gideon found favor with the Lord and an Angel visited him in Chapter 6 in the book of Judges to tell him that the Lord had found favor with Gideon and was going to use him to overthrow the Midianites. Gideon was overwhelmed with the task and the proposal and found many excuses to disqualify himself from the call but the Lord saw Him as a “Mighty man of Valor” in Judges 6:12.
12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
It is important to note how God sees us when He calls us to do something. It doesn’t matter how weak we appear or how unlikely we are to be used for His Glory, God deliberately chooses to use the weak things of this world to confound the mighty and the foolish things of this world to confound the wise to make it a point that God should be given all the Glory for His Will will stand with those that walk uprightly.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
He will give the desires of our hearts when we walk in righteousness. For Gideon, he wanted the Children of Israel to be delivered from the oppression of the Midianites and God came to fulfill his desire by using Gideon as the answer to his own prayer.
It is important to bear in mind that when God fulfills the petition and the desires of your heart, be prepared to be the answer to your own prayer. <— didn’t see that one coming now did ya 😉
In this situation, God intervened and the Enemies of the Children of Israel (the Midianites), received prophetic dreams of their own downfall. Let’s read:
9 It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.”16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’”
I don’t know about you but that’s worth a praise in my mouth! Woooohooo!!!!! GLORY! Ain’t it awesome that the your adversaries can have dreams of their own demise? One Midianite had the dream and the other man who was his companion, was able to prophetically interpret the dream even though they weren’t Jews and were ones that didn’t worship the same God Jehovah. Unbelievers can dream dreams too it seems and that just goes to show you that with God all things are possible for those that love the LORD (Matthew 19:26). You must always give the Lord praise when He promises you Victory. Gideon was so encouraged that he went into battle with style, with trumpets giving the Lord Praise. We should learn to blow our trumpets of praise for praise is our weapon of warfare!
As intercessors, you can declare and decree that your adversaries will dream prophetic dreams of defeat and that your God is more than able to overthrow their schemes against you in the Mighty name of Jesus! Rejoice! For if God can encourage Gideon in this manner, what more say you? I used to assume that I needed to see a dream or vision of my adversaries downfall to feel encouraged that I can progress in this life, but after reading this passage, I know that God can prophetically intervene and cause them to dream up their own defeat for those that come against God’s plan in your life. I don’t have to dream about it anymore when my enemies can dream about it themselves, and likewise, for those that do evil against you, God can intervene in that situation when you seek His face above all else with a purity of heart and in humility.
Never take anything into your own hands because vengeance is the Lords <— I want to be clear on that.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
When people come against your calling in your life or the progress in your life, understand that they aren’t up against you the person, they are up against the God you serve. So the first thing you must question is, What God are you serving? This is the first and most important question you have to ask yourself because this will determine whether you remain subdued by people who plot to oppress you, frustrate your efforts, scheme and abuse you or not. If God is not who you are serving, then I suggest that you repent right now and give your life back to God and then seek the Lord’s face to set you free from whatever is holding you back from fulfilling your dreams and purpose in this life. You must always move according to God’s will in order for Him to see you as a “mighty man or woman of valor”. This is how you gain the favor of the Lord to move His hand against the enemies of your soul. However, you must live a life daily in humility, honor, integrity and obedience for that favor to rest upon all that you do.
The Favor of God is predicated on you living a life of obedience to him. So be encouraged today and know that God can cause the enemies of your soul to dream dreams of their defeat in their plans to prevent you from reaching your full potential. God is an Awesome God and He is well able to do what He promises. He did it for Gideon and He can do it for you too. God Bless you everybody!
I have here a video to encourage you today called the Battle Cry and a song by Chris Tomlin called Our God. May these videos bless you today and God Bless you everybody!