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.


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.


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

                The armor of God Bible study


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)


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.


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.

How does a Christian fight fear


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)

How to strengthen your faith in God


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.


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.


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)

How to create your Christian affirmations

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)

Free Christian Ebooks: The Gideon Strategy

The Gideon Strategy is part of our Free Christian Ebooks Series

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