Free Christian Ebooks: The Gideon Strategy




Free Christian Ebooks: The Gideon Strategy


The Gideon Strategy

During Gideon’s time, the Israelites were greatly oppressed by their enemies because after they had sowed, the Midianites would come up together with the Amalekites and people from the East and they would encamp against them. They would destroy the produce of the earth and leave neither sustenance nor sheep nor ox nor donkeys for Israel. (Judges 6:3-4)

As a result, the Israelites were greatly impoverished and they cried out to God. He heard their cries and delivered them by using Gideon.

If you are living under similar oppressive circumstances and you would like to be free, emulate the following Gideon Deliverance Strategy:

Offer the Lord a Sacrifice

The first thing that Gideon did was to give God an offering.

When God sent His Angel to him, Gideon said to the Angel, Do not depart from here until I bring you my offering. (Judges 6:18)

Therefore, take an offering to the Lord by giving a donation to your local church or any other Christian ministry that He leads you to.

As you do so, understand that it should be a sacrificial offering. This is because Gideon Prepared a young goat and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. (Judges 6:19)

This was a sacrificial offering because those things that he offered to the Lord were not easy to come by. This was due to the fact that the Midianites, the Amalekites and people from the East Would destroy the produce of the earth and leave neither sustenance nor sheep nor ox nor donkeys for Israel. (Judges 6:3-4)

In fact things were so bad that the Angel from the Lord actually found Gideon threshing wheat in a winepress so that he could hide it from the Midianites. (Judges 6:11)

Therefore we can see that bringing an offering of a whole goat and bread made from around 40 pounds (20 kg) of flour was not a small thing.
So, prepare a sacrificial offering and bring it to God.

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Build an Altar for God

The second thing that Gideon did was to build an altar for God.

He built an altar in the place where he had offered a sacrifice to the Lord and called it Jehovah Shalom or The Lord is Peace. (Judges 6:24)

Therefore build an altar and dedicate it to Jehovah Shalom in the place where you need His intervention so that you can get your deliverance.

To set up a family altar in your home, dedicate an entire room in your home or a corner of a room to God. Clean the space and fill it with items that you will use to pray, praise and worship God like your Bible, Christian devotionals, journals, photos of people you are praying for, Christian music DVDs and a DVD player.


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Destroy Idols

After building an altar for God, the Lord appeared to him that night and told him to Tear down the altar of Baal that your father has and cut down the wooden image beside it. (Judges 6:25)

Gideon obeyed and did as per God’s instructions. But, because He feared his father’s household and the men of his city too much to do it during the day, (Judges 6:27) he got 10 men and did it at night.

Therefore understand that you have to destroy all altars to false gods and idols that have been erected in the place where you need deliverance because they may be contributing to your bondage.

In addition, remove all items that pertain to other gods from your home and destroy them physically.


If you do not have the physical authority to destroy them physically, cut them down spiritually by using The weapons of our warfare which are not physical but are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

These weapons of our warfare are truth, righteousness, the Gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God which is the Sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:14-18)

Therefore, use these weapons of our warfare by doing the following:
1. Speaking the truth at all times
2. Doing the right thing in the sight of God
3. Reading your Bible every day
4. Believing God and His Word
5. Getting saved if you are not saved or if you have backslidden. To do this, say with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that when He died for our sins, God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
6. Speaking the Bible verses over your situation
7. Praying all the time


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Offer Another Sacrifice

After destroying Baal’s altar, God told Gideon to Build an altar to the Lord your God in the proper arrangement and take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image you shall have cut down. (Judges 6:25-26)

Therefore, after destroying the altars to the false gods, you have to replace them by building an altar to the Lord God Almighty.

After doing that you can then give Him another sacrifice which can be The Sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of your lips. (Hebrews 13:15)

As you sing praises to God, understand that your situation may initially worsen because when the devil sees and senses that you are serious in getting your deliverance, he also gets serious in his efforts to keep you in bondage.

We can see that Gideon’s situation worsened after he destroyed Baal’s altar because All the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East gathered together and crossed over and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. (Judges 6:33)

If you notice the enemy regrouping, do not be afraid because when the enemies of the Israelites gathered together against them, the Bible tells us that The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. (Judges 6:34)

Therefore confidently continue singing your praise songs to God regardless of the enemy’s activities because When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

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Position Yourself

The next step that Gideon took was to position himself and his army.

The Bible tells us that Jerubbaal, that is Gideon, and all the people who were with him rose early in the morning and encamped beside the Harod well so that the camp of the Midianites was to their north in the valley. (Judges 7:1)

Therefore even if you are going to wage your warfare spiritually, you also have to position yourself physically in order to receive your deliverance. This means that you must take yourself to the place where you are best able to receive a solution for your problems.

So, position yourself by taking your products to the marketplace or your CV to a recruitment agency if you want deliverance from debt.

Or, position yourself by consulting a doctor if you want deliverance from disease or consulting a Christian counselor if you want deliverance from divorce.


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Eradicate Fear

After positioning yourself you have to get rid of fear before you begin battling the enemy.
We can see that God told Gideon to tell the Israelites who were following him, “Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him depart at once. And 22,000 men returned home.” (Judges 7:2)

Therefore eradicate fear before you begin fighting for your deliverance because the spirit of fear is from the enemy that you are trying to fight for God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

To defeat this spirit of fear you have to have faith in God’s ability to help you because faith in God is the antidote for fear. Therefore believe that the God who delivered Gideon is also able to deliver you from your oppressive circumstances.


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Fuel your Faith

God said to Gideon, If you are afraid to go down to fight, first go down to the Midianite camp with your servant Purah and listen to what the Midianites say because afterwards, your hands shall be strengthened to fight. (Judges 7:9-11)

Gideon and Purah therefore went to the Midianite camp and they found a man telling his dream to his companion. In his dream, a loaf of barley bread had tumbled into the camp of Midian and stuck a tent so that it fell, overturned and collapsed. (Judges 7:13)

His companion interpreted his dream by saying, “That is nothing but the sword of Gideon who is the son of Joash, a man of Israel! For God has delivered Midian into his hand.” (Judges 7:14)

These words strengthened Gideon and he was able to set out to attack the Midianites.

Therefore, strengthen your faith by listening to the preaching of Biblical stories of God’s deliverance because Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

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Worship God

When Gideon heard how the Midianites were dreaming and interpreting their dreams, He worshiped. (Judges 7:15)   

Therefore create time to worship God before you begin battling with the enemy for your deliverance.

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Attack at Night

Gideon and the group of men who were with him arrived at the outpost of the Midianite camp at the beginning of the middle watch. (Judges 7:19)

The middle watch is from 10 pm to 2 am and this is a very effective time fight in the spiritual realm because many Biblical battles were fought and won at night.

An example of such a battle is from Paul and Silas when they were praying and singing praises to God at midnight after they had been imprisoned. Their timing and strategy was so effective that it caused a great earthquake which shook the prison’s foundations, opened doors and loosed chains. (Acts 16:25-26)

Therefore regardless of what situation has imprisoned you or closed your doors of opportunity or bound you with chains of restrictions to hinder your progress, understand that waging spiritual warfare at night can help you defeat those oppressive circumstances.

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Say Affirmations

When Gideon was preparing his men to attack the Midianites he divided them into three groups and gave each soldier a trumpet and a pitcher with a torch inside it. He then commanded them to say, The sword of the Lord and of Gideon (Judges 7:18) when they arrived at the Midianite camp.

Notice that Gideon’s army did not carry any physical sword. This is because they were carrying spiritual swords to fight the Midianite and Amorite armies and these were The sword of the Lord and of Gideon (Judges 7:20) which they would deploy with their mouths. 

The Sword of the Lord is the Word of God since the Bible tells us that the Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17)

The sword of Gideon was the sacrificial offering that he had given to the Lord. We know this from the fact that the Midianite dream interpreter has interpreted the loaf of barley bread that had been seen in a dream tumbling into the Midianite camp and striking a tent until it overturned and collapsed to be Gideon’s sword. (Judges 7:13-14)

Therefore since you have already created your “The sword of Gideon” by giving God a sacrificial offering, you now have to choose the Scriptures that you will use as affirmations since these will be your “The sword of the Lord”.

As you do so, choose Scriptures that are relevant to your oppressive situation. For example you can use:
1. I am free from oppression and free indeed because the person who the Son of God sets free is free indeed. (Adapted John 8:36)

2. I am prospering in all things and I am in good health just as my soul prospers. (Adapted 3 John 1:2)

3. By His stripes I am healed. (Adapted Isaiah 53:5)

4. I am very happily married because God hates divorce. (Adapted Malachi 2:16)

5. I shall not die. I shall live and declare the works of God. (Psalm 118:17)

After picking your Scriptural affirmations, deploy them by speaking them out while you hold up your shield of faith with which you will be able to quench every fiery dart that the enemy shoots at you as you fight.

Finally, we can see the effectiveness of God-Gideon strategy because after Gideon’s army surrounded the Midianites and uttered the words, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon” and blew their trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole Midianite camp and the army fled. (Judges 7:22)

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Free Christian Ebooks: The Moses Deliverance




Free Christian Ebook: The Moses Deliverance


The Moses Deliverance

A Moses deliverance is a type of deliverance where you are removed from the problematic situation and compensated for being in it in the first place. We can see a classical example from the following stories of Moses’ life.

Pharaoh King of Egypt commanded his people to throw every Israelite baby boy into the river and let every baby girl live. (Exodus 1:22)

It is in this background that Jochebed and her husband Amram were blessed with a baby boy.

When she saw that he was a beautiful child, Jochebed hid Moses for 3 months. (Exodus 2:1) When she could not hide him anymore, she made an ark of reeds for him, coated it with asphalt and pitch to make it waterproof and put him inside it. She then hid the baby ark in the reeds along the river bank. (Exodus 2:3)

One day Pharaoh's daughter saw the floating ark and sent her maid to get it. When she opened it, she saw Moses, he wept and she had compassion on him. (Exodus 2:5-6)

When a young Hebrew girl appeared and asked her if she could go to get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her, Pharaoh’s daughter consented without questioning. (Exodus 2:7-8)

The young Hebrew girl, who happened to be Moses' sister Miriam, went and called their mother. Pharaoh's daughter then commanded Jochebed saying, "Nurse this child for me and I will pay you." (Exodus 2:9)

Jochebed then took her biological son Moses, nursed him and when he grew older, brought him to Pharaoh's daughter to be raised as her adopted son. (Exodus 2:10)

Pharaoh's daughter named Amram and Jochebed's son Moses which means drawn out because she drew him out of the waters of the Egyptian river. (Exodus 2:10)

Since water sometimes symbolizes trouble in the Bible, this Egyptian princess also drew Moses out of the troubles the Israelites were facing in Egypt at that time because they were slaves and she brought him up in the palace as a prince.

In addition, Pharaoh’s daughter also paid Moses’ mother to nurse him when the Pharaoh's command was that he should have been killed since he was a Hebrew baby boy.
Thus Jochebed and Moses received a Moses deliverance since he was saved from the dangers of drowning in the river or being killed and she was paid to take care of him.


We can see another example of a Moses Deliverance when God used Moses to deliver all the Israelites from slavery in Egypt because they were also "paid" for being in the problem.

This is because before they left the problem of being slaves in Egypt, The Israelites had done what Moses had told them and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, gold, and clothing. And God had given them favor in the sight of the Egyptians so that they granted them what they requested. (Exodus 12:35-36) 

Consequently, the Israelite slaves were delivered from their problem of being slaves in Egypt and “paid” for having been in the problem since they left with gold and silver.


Therefore when you are in a problematic situation that is not of your own doing, pray and ask God to grant you a Moses deliverance that will result in you being removed from the problematic situation and also being paid for being in the problem.

To be able to persevere in the problematic situation until God delivers you, you have to stand on the Promise of God for He tells us, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they shall not overflow you." (Isaiah 43:2)

Therefore anchor your hope on Isaiah 43:2 by believing that God is with you in your troubling situation and you shall not drown in the problems before He delivers you.

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How to Take Your Miracle Today



How to Take Your Miracle Today


The woman with the issue of blood teaches us many Bible lessons like the following:

1. Refuse to be a victim

2. How to deal with many problems

3. How to have hope in a hopeless situation

In addition to these lessons, this woman also teaches us how to take your miracle today. 

This is because she took her healing miracle by faith instead of waiting for it to be given to her. 

Therefore if you are in a desperate situation like this woman, know that you may have to take your miracle instead of waiting for it to be given to you by doing the following:




1. Do not let facts discourage you
This woman's situation was very discouraging because:
1. She had bled for 12 years (Mark 5:25)
2. She had suffered many things from many doctors (Mark 5:26)
3. She had spent all her money (Mark 5:26
4. Her disease continued to worsen despite all her efforts.   

However, regardless of what she had been through and what she had done, this woman did not let the facts about her situation discourage her and cause her to give up.

Therefore, even if you have searched for a spouse for 12 years or tried to conceive a child for 12 years or looked for a job for 12 years or suffered because of any other problem for more years, do not let the facts of your situation discourage you.

Instead, encourage yourself in the Lord like David. Click here to learn How to Encourage Yourself in God.

How to encourage yourself in the Lord



2. Listen to teaching about Jesus

The Bible tells us that this woman heard about Jesus. (Mark 5:27)

Therefore, make it a point to listen to preaching about Jesus because Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:7) and listening to teachings about Him will build your faith in Him. 



3. Come to Jesus
When this woman heard about Jesus, she came to Him. (Mark 5:27)

Therefore, come to Jesus today by saying with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord' and believing in your heart that when He died for our sins God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

After doing this, click on the link to read How to Work Out your Salvation.
How to Work Out your Salvation



Have Faith in Jesus
As you come to Jesus, you must have faith that He can change your situation for the better like this woman because Jesus told her Your faith has made you well. (Mark 5:34) 

Therefore believe that Jesus can improve your situation and give you the miracle you so need in your life because He is the Son of God and With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 

To learn more read How to Strengthen your Faith.
How to strengthen your faith



Touch Jesus
This woman touched Jesus' garment. (Mark 5:27)

Therefore, touch Jesus today with your prayers. To do this effectively, read How to Pray for your Stressful Situation.
How to pray for your stressful situation



Do Something Physical
In addition to doing something spiritual about her situation like touching Jesus, this woman did something physical because she pressed through the crowd until she touched the hem of Jesus' garment.

Therefore, ensure that you do something physical to improve your situation instead of just sitting at home and wallowing in self pity because Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)  

For example if you have searched for a spouse for 12 years you can join a Christian singles group and read How to Fight Being Single with Bible Verses
If you have tried to conceive a child for 12 years you can consult a new Fertility Specialist and read How to Fight Infertility with Bible Verses
If you have looked for a job for 12 years you can start your own business. 
If you have looked for healing for 12 years, you can consult a new doctor and read How to Fight for your Health with Bible Verses.
Regardless of the problem that you have faced for many years, do something physical to improve your situation and read How to Fight Christian Spiritual Battles Effectively.

However, regardless of the physical thing that you do, do it while believing that Jesus will bless your actions and they shall be fruitful.
How to fight Christian spiritual battles effectively



Push Through Opposition
Since this woman had to press through the crowd to get to Jesus, know that you also have to press through the opposition standing in your path to get your miracle.

Therefore do not despair because you have fight opposition in addition to dealing with your current problems.  


Speak to Yourself and to Your Situation
This woman spoke to herself for she said, "If only I touch the His garment, I shall be made well." (Mark 5:28)

Therefore, speak to yourself and tell yourself what will happen. 

In addition, speak to your situation and tell it what will happen. Even if your situation has spoken to you for many years and told you that it will not change for the better by showing you that the more you try to change it, the worse it will become, still speak to it and tell it what will happen because Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) 

As you speak to your stressful situation and to yourself, ensure that you use Bible verses since The sword of the spirit ... is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

To learn the Bible verses that you can use to speak to yourself and to your stressful situation, read Christian Affirmations for Success, Self-Esteem and Healing
Christian affirmations for success, self-esteem and healing

So, do all these things because this is what this woman did to be healed for Immediately the fountain of blood dried up and she felt in her body that she was healed. (Mark 5:29)



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Free Christian Ebooks: Do I Go Back? Stand Still? Or Move Forward?



Free Christian Ebooks: Do I Go Back? Stand Still? Or Move Forward?

Do I Go Back? Stand Still? Or Move Forward?

When Pharaoh was told that the Israelite slaves had left, he took all the chariots of Egypt with captains over each of them and he pursued the children of Israel.
When the Israelites saw the Egyptian army marching after them, they became very afraid and cried out to the Lord.

Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have brought us out here to die here in the wilderness? Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you when we were in Egypt to leave us alone so that we may continue serving the Egyptians because it would have been better to serve the Egyptians than to die here in the wilderness?”  

Moses replied and said to the Israelites, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of God, what He will accomplish for you today.” …

And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it. (Exodus 14:1-16)

DO I GO BACK?

There are several life lessons that we can learn from the Israelites when they found themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place in the form of the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s advancing army. (Exodus 14:1-16)

The Israelites were walking away from a horrible past of cruel enslavement by their Egyptian masters for The Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with harshness and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage – in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service. (Exodus 1:13-14)

The Israelites then cried out to God and He delivered them from this bondage with His Mighty Arm after He unleashed the 10 plagues on Egypt. The Israelites were now marching towards their glorious future of living in freedom in their Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

But, as they marched through the wilderness towards their promised future, they arrived at the shores of the Red Sea and on looking back, they saw their enemies in the form of Pharaoh’s army hurrying towards them.

This made them very afraid and they begun to think of surrendering and going back to their bitter bondage rather than face what seemed like certain death at the hands of the Egyptians. We can see that they were thinking of retreating because they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? … It would have been better to serve the Egyptians than to die here in the wilderness?” (Exodus 14:11-12)


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DO I STAND STILL?

Moses without a doubt also saw the advancing Israelite army but when the Israelites begun to ask him those question that suggested that retreating back to Egypt would be the better option considering the current challenges they were facing of the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army behind them, he said to them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still” (Exodus 14:13)    
Do Not Look Back
The first life lesson that we can learn from this situation is that we should never look back at our past, at the life of problems that we are leaving behind even if we find ourselves seemingly trapped by problems the way the Israelites found themselves between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army.

Therefore, regardless of whether you are leaving behind a dead end job or an abusive relationship or a drug addiction or any other problematic situation and you now find yourself facing rising debts or crushing loneliness or severe withdrawal symptoms or any other problem, do not look back at where you have come from.

This is because looking back at your past when you are facing mammoth challenges in your present, will color the bitterness that you left behind and make it seem less horrible than it really was and it will make you think thoughts like, “At least when I was working at that 12 hour minimum wage job I had some money coming in.” OR

 At least when I was in that abusive relationship I had someone to spend my days and nights with.” OR

 At least when I was using drugs regularly I never felt this bad.

Such thoughts can make you consider surrendering any progress you may have made as you work your way towards your future and make you consider moving back into bondage.

Therefore, when you are faced by harsh problems in your present that want to hinder your progress, do not reminisce over the few good times you may have had in your generally bad past. Do not look back especially if you have been following God’s leading because we can see that the Israelites had camped right in front of the Red Sea under God’s direction for God said to Moses, “Tell the children of Israel to turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the Red Sea.” (Exodus 14:1-2)


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Do Not Fear

The second lesson that we learn is that we are not to be afraid if we find that we have to deal with many problems like the Red Sea of problems stretching itself out in front of us as far as our eyes can see as well as problems from our past which are hurrying to catch up with us like Pharaoh’s army and ensure that we do not cross over from our current wilderness and enter our Promised Land of freedom.

These problems from the past can include a former employer who does not want to release you or a stalking partner who will not let you go or a drug dealer who does not want to lose one of his best customers.  

Therefore, if you have been obedient to God in leaving the bondage of your past and you find your progress hindered by a large sea of problems and see an army of problems from your past chasing you, heed Moses and “Do not be afraid. Stand still.” (Exodus 14:13)

Fight the fear of the problems that are chasing you by having faith that God will help you solve all your problems. We can see that Moses tried to build up the Israelites faith in God ability to save them by telling them, “The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)

Therefore overcome the fear of fighting with the army of problems from your past regardless of whether it is a politically connected employer or a powerful spouse or a ruthless drug dealer by believing that God will fight for you.

To do this simply believe that The Lord God will fight for me.(Adapted Exodus 14:14)


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Hold Your Peace

The third lesson that we learn is that we have to hold our peace and not defeat ourselves with our mouths by contaminating our present and future with negative words since The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

Therefore, do not speak like the Israelites and say things like “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have brought us to die here in the wilderness? Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you when we were in Egypt to leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians because it would have been better to serve the Egyptians that to die here in the wilderness?” (Exodus 14:14)

In your case it might be saying things like,
Why did you tell me to resign? Did I not tell you when I was working in that Corporation to leave me alone so that I can continue earning the money I was making because it would have been better to serve under those harsh conditions than to die here of mounting debt in this wilderness of starting a home business or a ministry?”
OR

Why did you tell me to leave that relationship? Did I not tell you when I was living with my partner to leave me alone so that I can continue enjoying the few good times we had together when they were sober because it would have been better to live under those harsh conditions than to die here of biting loneliness in this wilderness of singlehood?”
OR

Why did you tell me to stop using drugs? Did I not tell you when I was using those drugs to leave me alone so that I can continue enjoying my life because it would have been better to continue having my highs than to die here of these harsh withdrawal symptoms in this wilderness of rehabilitation?”

If you have already spoken such or similar negative words, pray and ask God to forgive you and then decide that you will never utter another negative word about your situation again. 

Then, counter the negative words you have already uttered by confessing positive scriptures about your situation. For example to fight fear you can confess the following Christian affirmations from the Bible:
1. I will trust and not be afraid for Yah, the Lord, is my strength. (Isaiah 12:2)

2. I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it shall not come near me. (Adapted Psalm 91:5-7)


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Stand Still

The fourth lesson that we learn is that we have to stand still in our current position.
Therefore, stand still right where you are and do not give up any ground that you have gained back to the enemy.

Do not abandon the business or Christian ministry that God has asked you to start and start looking for another job. Do not begin returning your former abusive partner’s emails, texts or calls. Do not begin using drugs or drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.   

Be determined to stand still in your current position until you hear from God what your next step should be.

To be able to stand still in that position when you are besieged by problems from all sides, you have to Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of the Gospel of peace.

Above all take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.

And put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ensure that you are always praying in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

To put on this armor of God that will enable you to stand still in your position, you have to do the following:
1. Speak the truth at all times
2. Do the right thing in the sight of God
3. Read your Bible every day
4. Believe God and His Word because your faith will help you neutralize the attacks of the enemy
5. Get saved if you are not saved or if you have backslidden. To do this, say with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that when He died for our sins, God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
6. Speak the Word of God over your situation
7. Pray all the time


After putting on the armor of God, be determined not to let negative thoughts about your situation like those of defeat or retreating or surrendering to the enemy take root in your mind or heart because they will then grow into negative feelings and destructive behaviors.

To keep the negative thoughts from entrenching themselves, you have to replace all negative thoughts in your mind with positive Scriptures so that you are Not conformed to this world, but instead you are transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2) for you in your situation.

This means that you should not let your thoughts conform to the negativity around you brought on by being trapped by the problems from your past like Pharaoh’s army or the problems in your future like the Red Sea. Instead you should transform yourself from the inside by renewing your mind with the positivity that comes from reading, believing and meditating on the Word of God.

Reading, believing and meditating on God’s Word will also make you better able to discern what God would like you to do in your current situation.

Therefore, transform yourself by renewing your mind by meditating on Bible verses that pertain to your situation.

For example instead of thinking negative thoughts of defeat because of the problems from your past and your future that you are facing, think thoughts of victory by meditating on Bible verses like:
Thanks be to God who always leads me to triumph in Christ. (Adapted 2 Corinthians 2:14)

I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it. (Adapted Philippians 1:6)


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DO I MOVE FORWARD?

After discerning God’s perfect will for you or hearing from Him what you should do, you now have to move forward in that direction because we can see that the Israelites begun to move forward after God said to Moses, “Tells the Israelites to move forward.” (Exodus 14:15)

Therefore, whenever you face challenges as you move towards your future, do not retreat. Stand still in your current position until you hear from God and then move forward in the direction that God shows you next.

Obey God

The fifth lesson that we learn is that we have to do what God tells us to do as we move forward because that is what will stop us from drowning in the sea of problems in front of us.

We can see this from the fact that God told Moses “Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the Red Sea and divide it.” (Exodus 14:16)  

Therefore, understand that doing exactly what God has told you to do is very important and be very determined to obey His instructions up to the minute details even if what He tells you to do seems improbable like stretching out a hand holding a rod to part a sea because With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

So, if God asks you to lift up the standards of your products and stretch your marketing efforts over a certain niche, do it even if your efforts seem useless in the face of the severe competition in that market because with God’s power all things are possible.

If God tells you to lift up your mingling efforts and stretch your socializing to Christian circles, do it even if your efforts seem useless in the face of all the other personal problems you are facing because with God’s power all things are possible.

If God tells you to lift up your efforts for being clean or sober and stretch your quest for help to a Christian addiction treatment center, do it even if enrolling in another rehabilitation center seems useless in the face of all the numerous programs you have been through because with God’s power all things are possible.    


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Focus on Your Future

The sixth lesson we learn is that God did not tell Moses to lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the camp of Pharaoh’s army because He does not want you to focus on your past. He wants you move forward by looking forward towards the glorious future that He has planned for you.

Therefore, concentrate on solving the sea problems stretching out in front of you and believe that God will deal with the problems from your past Himself just as He dealt with Pharaoh’s army until they recognized that it was God Himself dealing with them for they said, Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them (Exodus 14:25) when He took off the wheels of their chariots.

So, as you move forward into your future through the path that God has created for you, do not concern yourself with the enemies from your past who are still chasing you. Focus instead on where God is taking you and leave Him to deal with the enemies and problems from your past.

Do not be tempted to look back and take one small peak at the army of problems that is following you because what you see may cause you to be so afraid that the fear may permanently paralyze you and you may become like Lot’s wife who looked back at the past from which God was delivering her from and she became permanently immobilized as A pillar of salt. (Genesis 9:26)


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