“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!… And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man… Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” …” (Jdg 6:12, 16, 23)
The prayer meeting was very good. The presence of God the Holy Spirit strengthened us to draw closer to the Cross, to worship God. The anointing had the fragrance of perfect love that never fails because it drives out all fears. “I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love… Sweet Holy Spirit, I am in love…” We have declared a season of Peace! We read from Judges 6. The people of God ‘did evil in the sight of the Lord’. This is sin in the house of the Lord. The people suffered. They were hungry and depressed. Then God initiate action (He always does that!). He calls a humble man, Gideon. He addresses him as a ‘Mighty man of valor’ (your identity is based on God’s Word to you, and not what you or others say about yourself). When God calls you all fears and inferiority complexes disappear. Gideon complains (complaining is the song of the devil. Do not join the choir of hell!). God overrules. God declares the victory even before the battle. God makes your life so easy… Gideon has faith and offers a sacrifice. God receives the sacrifice (we now offer sacrifices of praise). As you come to church and serve God, that is a sacrifice of praise. God accepts it. As you work for God, he will work on your behalf. As you worship God things happen and circumstances change. God proclaims peace! The fear of failure and future is gone! The fear of death disappears! The presence of God and your identity in Christ as a mighty man (woman) of valor will lead you from victory to victory! No man can stand against you all the days of your life! There is no need to worry about what will happen next week. The victory has been decreed and peace has been released on the land! God has spoken! It is written! The praise shall continue! In Jesus name, amen!

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