Most of you know the story of Gideon! The theme for our (new) apostolic campaign is “GRACE AND APOSTLESHIP”- GIDEON’S 300! When the LORD chose Gideon, his family the weakest in Manasseh, and he the least in his father’s house, Gideon had to have a “strategic” plan from the Lord. The LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites AS ONE MAN!” (Judges 6:14-16)
When Gideon received understanding from the Lord, HE WORSHIPED GOD! That released a NEW SOUND and released a new strategy of warfare. That’s when Gideon returned to the camp and said, “Get up! The LORD has given the Midianites into your hands.” He then divided the 300 men into three companies and placed trumpets and pitchers (empty jars) into their hands, with torches inside.
Here applies the second meaning of the word STRATEGY: 2) A CAREFUL PLAN OR METHOD: A CLEVER STRATEGEM. THE ART OF DEVISING OR EMPLOYING PLANS OR STRATEGEMS TOWARD A GOAL.
THIS WAS SIGNIFYING A “NEW WAY OF WARFARE!” The new sound of worship within the heart of Gideon was pioneering a new wave of worship alongside with a new way of warfare. The weapons in their hands were going to be used in a unique fashion to usher in the glory of God. The light of deliverance lay within the heart of the trumpet. It was kept hidden until God’s appointed time, and when it was revealed the people of God were victorious over their enemy and probably astonished by this sovereign strategy!
When the trumpets sounded the Lord caused the enemy to turn its sword on itself. Gideon’s men had called out, “THE SWORD OF THE LORD, AND OF GIDEON!” These three companies of 100 men each, I believe, represent “APOSTOLIC COMPANIES!” Gideon was leading one of the three companies, showing by example he was involved in the process, and that they were coming together as ONE MAN!
THIS ONE MAN IS THE COMPLETE FULL STATURE OF JESUS IN SONSHIP, SHOWING THAT THE LORD HAS GONE BEFORE US! The name Gideon means “feller” (warrior) and comes from the Hebrew word gada, which means to fell a tree, to destroy anything (cut asunder) hew down. Jesus Christ is the Deliverer of nations, and He has destroyed the works of the enemy forever!
God does not leave men out of the process, we just have to learn how to “get out of the way”! We must have a new paradigm, a new mindset, a new way of worship that will give us a new warfare! This is what our new apostolic campaign is all about, to see GIDEONS’ 300 COME INTO PLACE!
OBADIAH 21- THEN DELIVERERS (SAVIORS) SHALL COME TO MOUNT ZION TO JUDGE THE MOUNTAINS OF ESAU, AND THE KINGDOM SHALL BE THE LORD’S!