How to Overcome Opposition: Part 1 Gideon

How to Overcome Opposition: Part 1 Gideon

Are you facing stiff opposition as you try to do the work of God?

If you are, understand that one big way of having the opposition you are facing removed from your face is to continue working in the midst of the opposition.

We can see this from Gideon who was found by an Angel of the Lord threshing wheat in a winepress. (Judges 6:11) 

Wheat was supposed to be threshed on a threshing floor which was a wide open space as seen in the image below from Wikimedia

This was the ideal place for Gideon to accomplish his work of threshing wheat.

However, Gideon had to thresh his wheat in a winepress which was a small constricted place as seen below in the image from Wikimedia

The Bible tells us that Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress so that he could hide it from the Midianites. (Judges 6:11) This was due to the fact that when the Israelites planted crops the Midianites would come together with the Amalekites and other people from the East to destroy their produce and leave them with nothing. (Judges 6:1-5)

Now that he had some wheat to thresh, Gideon could not do it in the ideal place, the wide open threshing floor and so he had to do where he could not be seen.

From looking at the two photos above, you can understand why the Angel of the Lord called Gideon a Mighty man of valor! (Judges 6:12)

Therefore, if you are working in "restricted winepress conditions" and you would really love to work in "unlimited threshing floor conditions", continue serving God faithfully right in the middle of your "restricted winepress conditions".

Do not stop working or start complaining because of all the hard problems that are surrounding you.

Continue serving God and working as you pray and believe that He can transform your circumstances and enable you to work with peace on all sides without a single problem in sight. 

We see that God did help Gideon and the Israelites to defeat the Midianites (Judges 7:22) and thus the Israelites were able to thresh their wheat in a threshing floor without being afraid of the Midianites. 

This lesson correlates with testimonies you may have heard of ministers who were sick or facing other big problems as they were doing the work of God but when they prayed and continued serving God with their limitations, they received healings and other miraculous solutions to their problems. 

Therefore my brothers and sisters, decide that you will continue serving God faithfully in the midst of your "restricted winepress conditions" as you believe Him for "unlimited threshing floor conditions".   

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