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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?’” (Judges 6:14) The Angel of The Lord came to Gideon and found him doing something strange and secretive. Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress. Threshing is the process of separating chaff (the inedible part of the wheat) from the grain (the edible part of the wheat), and that process usually takes place on a threshing floor. Gideon was threshing in the winepress to hide his food from the Midianites, so they would not steal or destroy it. Gideon found himself in a situation where he was not living up to his destiny. God had set him apart to deliver the people of Israel, yet here he was: in hiding from the very oppressors God had promised He would deliver into his hand. Come out of hiding! What areas of your life are you hiding from the people around you, because you are afraid they will steal that which God has provided? God has called you to be bold and confident! He has called you up into victory over all your adversaries! There is nothing to fear when God is on your side.
Thank You for delivering me from every oppressor! I’m not going to hide any more. I’m not going to be afraid of success. I’m not going to sneakily hold on to the provision You’ve given me for fear that someone will come and steal it away. You had given it into my hand for a purpose!
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