The Lord is With You Mighty Warrior

The Lord is With You Mighty Warrior

This is an excerpt out of my book, Was It All For Nothing? Finding Purpose Through Trauma. I pray it blesses you. You can find more information about the book and purchase here.

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

— 2 chronicles 20:22 niv

Fear is in overabundance where trauma lives, and it tends to be the driving force for the enemy to play games against our minds, and at times, in how we react to situations. Sometimes it might feel like the enemy is closing in, pushing you into a corner, which forces a response. For me, when I felt pushed into a corner or that something was closing in on me, I would respond with yelling and outbursts of anger to get it to stop. It was sort of like sounding an alarm, and the sound of my voice was the blast. I am not proud of using this defense mechanism, especially when it was directed toward the wrong target, but I no longer feel shame about that. My reactions were grounded in pain and fear, and came from unclean places, but the principle and the potential of goodness was a seed that was always in me. Being pressed on all sides like that has a way of revealing aspects about our character that are not godly, but we know that God always uses what was meant for bad, for good. So, what if those character “flaws” are just misdirected gifts?

I am going to shift here in order to round out my thought process. Let me tell you a story from the Bible, one of my absolute favorites and one that I relate to on deep levels. It is the story of a man who was defeated, who was alone, and who felt unworthy. Israel had sinned greatly against God after He rescued them from Egypt. They had disobeyed God’s law by worshiping the gods of the land they now inhabited. As a result, God allowed them to be severely oppressed. All of the crops they would grow were overtaken, and they were relentlessly mistreated, finding themselves once again enslaved. They would hide in caves for safety and shelter.

This is the story of Gideon in the book of Judges 6–7. Gideon was visited by an angel of the Lord who spoke to Gideon’s identity and destiny—due to how God saw him, not how he saw himself. This is so profound, because God will always speak to you according to your identity and who He created you to be. He does this to show you that you are not where you are supposed to be, to invite you deeper into a relationship, and to elevate you into the place of authority for which you were created as a co-heir of Christ.

The angel greeted Gideon by saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior” (Judg. 6:12 nasb). Gideon’s response is one we all have had from time to time: “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (verse 13 nasb). Isn’t this a question that many of us find ourselves asking? “Why do You allow bad things to happen, Lord?” Have you found yourself hindering all forward progression as you seek the answer to that question? The Lord freely responds to us and our questions, but in my experience, He does not typically answer this particular question. I believe that God does not want us to focus on the question of why, but instead He wants us to partner with Him in a situation. Instead of asking why He would allow something to happen, what if we responded with, “What are You saying in this moment, Lord, and what can I do?”

Gideon’s story continues with the Lord’s response in verse 14: “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (nasb). We might not be the strongest person physically, and we may be broken emotionally, but the Lord loves to use people who are in situations just like this to prove that it could only be the work of the Lord. He told Gideon to go as he was and with what he had— which was very little. But the Lord’s promise to Gideon was that He would save Israel, and that He was going to equip Gideon with what he needed to get the job done.

Have you ever tried to talk God out of something? I began this book by telling you that the Lord had told me He was going to anoint me to write books. My initial response was, “You must have the wrong person.” That was exactly Gideon’s response, too. The Lord reassures us that He will be with us always, and that was His direct promise to Gideon. All of God’s promises are “yes and amen” (2 Cor. 2:20 niv). We can hold on to these promises with absolute victory because God does not fail. This does not mean that there will not be adversaries who will try to steal that promise. In fact, I would propose that if you have an assurance from the Lord, you can expect spiritual attacks to ramp up exponentially for a few different reasons. I believe they are to derail you from fulfilling God’s mandate on your life, to which many of us have been subjected. We have been delayed because we have allowed the enemy to lie to us for so long that we have believed it as a fact. Everything that we have grown up believing should beaddressed with Christ and filtered through the cross. Ask the Lord if what was said is true, or if it is the Truth. There is a difference. The world can come up with circumstantial evidence and present “facts” that all line up to be “true.” Many people will cling onto their own “truth,” based on their thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. But we know that our thoughts, emotions, and wills are not always reliable. There is only one absolute Truth, and that is Jesus. Even if aspects of the Bible make us uncomfortable and confront certain beliefs on to which we have held, our emotional wrestling with the Word of God versus what we have held on to as belief will always be severed by the Truth of the Lord. We must remain open and willing to learn more of what God is saying through His Word.

An interesting aspect about Gideon was that he wanted to know that what he was doing was God’s will and not from the enemy that was at work in the land, something he had imagined, or something that came from his own desires. His people had turned away from God and were participating in the sinful ways of this world and had a mixed culture of the ways of God and the ways of the flesh. Perhaps Gideon had allowed skepticism to arise in his heart when the Lord came upon him while familiar spirit of enslavement rose up in him. Battling two worlds causes confusion when attempting to decipher truth. If he were wrong with hearing from God, it would put his family, his entire community, and his nation at risk of annihilation, so you can imagine the weight of what was being asked of him. So, the Lord allowed Gideon to test Him, asking for confirming signs that it was without a doubt the Lord who was asking him to go on this mission. The Lord was patient and merciful with Gideon because the Lord knew the warrior that Gideon was going to be and He needed someone, despite where they were on their walk with the Lord, to rise up, If the Lord is not upon us and within us, then we will inevitably fall. It is a dangerous road to “test” the Lord, however. There are many verses in the Bible that confirm that. Jesus said to His disciples, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the LORD your God to the test’” (Lk 4:12 niv).

Just as Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt in Exodus 12 and 13, they immediately went into the “wilderness” season. They needed to rid themselves of the culture from which they came. Gideon was experiencing the same thing. He was intertwined into a culture that was sacrificing to false gods, but the Lord had an acceleration on Gideon. There was an urgency and the Lord showed mercy and kindness to Gideon, much like how He has done for me.

When we have lived our entire lives believing and experiencing one way, and suddenly that all comes crashing down, we are going to need a grace period. Naturally we might be hesitant to just believe everything we see or hear. The Lord tells us to “test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thess. 5:21 esv). Gideon was not demanding God in a way to have authority over him; he was earnestly wanting to encounter the one true Lord and his faith was not strong. The requests being made needed to be tested so that it would build his faith, so he could hold on to what was true and good, as it would give him strength to complete the task. I believe that when things on our journey get hard, when adversaries show up, or when someone tells you that you cannot do something that you have tested and proven to be good and true, you can hold tightly to those promises and declare them over your situation to defeat the enemy trying to hold you back. Faith is a shield and weapon of warfare against attacks from the enemy.

We later learn in Judges 7 that Gideon rounded up his army. He knew that he was going to be heading into a battle, and he needed manpower. The Lord spoke to Gideon in verse 2 and 3, saying, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against Me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained” (nasb).

If Gideon had gone into the enemy camp with 32,000 men, he surely would have had the manpower to defeat them by their own will and power. But that is not what God wanted to do. God is the God of signs and wonders, and He wanted to make it absolutely clear that He is the one true God. So, Gideon’s army was decreased by over half. The Lord interjected again, saying, “Hey, Gideon, this still is not going to work for Me. Your army is still too big.” So, the army was whittled down to merely three hundred men.

Finally, orders came to Gideon from the Lord that now was the time, but He was so incredibly kind and merciful to Gideon. He knew that Gideon was afraid, but God needed Gideon to have incredibly bold faith to complete the task, so He told Gideon to go down to the enemy’s camp. When Gideon did so, he was able to listen to the enemy troops reveal the wild dreams they were having of a giant loaf of bread coming down the hill and annihilating their camp. The Lord allowed them to interpret the dream—and the only answer that was given was that the sword of Gideon was going to overtake them. When Gideon heard this interpretation of their dream, he immediately fell down in worship to the Lord.

Have you ever been given a confirmation from the Lord about something, especially something that seemed so far-fetched that youtried to dismiss it as a mistake or a figment of your imagination? These moments when God confirms something He said fill us with faith, power, might, belief, and great strength. This is the Lord’s way of showing us He is for us and that He is with us. This moment gave Gideon the greatest momentum of His journey because He had tested God before, and he had become well acquainted with the presence of God and His mighty works. As we become aware of the voice of God in our own lives, we become more aware of when He speaks. It grows overtime as any relationship does and we can all get to a place that when the Lord speaks, we immediately acknowledge it.

This was the only validation and vindication Gideon needed. He rose up with strength and declared to his men that it was time for them to rise up. Uncommon war weapons are our praise and a shout. Many times throughout the Bible, the Lord has used sound, shouts, songs of praise, and instruments as war weapons. He gave Gideon and his army trumpets, which carried the sound of heaven, and jars. Gideon divided up the three hundred men into three companies, and they surrounded the enemies camp. At Gideon’s order, they broke the jars, which was a prophetic act that signifies we as believers being broken before the Lord. He is the potter and we are the clay (Isa. 64:8), and the significance of breaking the jars is our willingness to be broken for Him. He wants to dismantle everything we have built above Him, to break any covenant we have had with false gods and idols. We must allow Him into those broken spaces to fill and to mend.

Gideon’s army then sounded their trumpets and shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” (Judg. 7:20 nasb). When three hundred trumpets sounded all at once, can you comprehend the sound? Imagine if they carried a supernatural sound, a war cry and decree from heaven. What followed was the fulfillment of the prophetic dream that Gideon heard. The enemy camp was filled with fear and terror, and they turned on each other and began killing one another.

I told you that story to say this: The Lord told me that He is raising up modern-day Gideons who will carry a sound from heaven. I believe that these people—maybe you who are reading this—will be renewed in their identity to Christ, despite being told that their character flaws could never be useful for kingdom purposes. I believe my outbursts of yelling were a misdirected gift from heaven that was not being used for its intended purpose. I was using my gift to shout in the wrong direction, due to lies and deceit from the enemy. Once I got back into alignment with the Lord and turned the opposite way, the Lord gave me a shout, a war cry that would make hell quake. It is not by my will, not by my might, but by the Lord.

I have confidence that the Lord wants to use you in the same way in this time right now. Once you find that area that Satan has been highlighting and using to bring you shame, and you give it to God, He will use it as a weapon to destroy Satan and his entire army. The sound that will come from the modern-day Gideons will cause the army of the enemy to turn on itself and fall to their demise. Remember, we are not talking about people, or flesh and blood. We fight and war in the spirit against principalities, evil spirits, and hell itself.

Arise, you mighty warriors, the Lord is with you! It is time to release the sound of heaven!

Prayer

Father,

Thank You, Elohim, for creating us and for Your desire to intimately know us. We realize that we are not worthy of Your affections or salvation. We humbly enter into Your presence with the fear of You, Lord, the fear of Your absence. Thank You for God, for sending Your Son to bear our sin and shame and for washing us clean with the blood of the Lamb. Father, I ask that the person who is reading this right now would be washed afresh this day. I pray that repentance of old sins would occur, and that she would turn from her old ways and seek Your face. I pray that from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet, she would feel Your love and Your fresh anointing dripping off of her now, in the name of Jesus. You are worthy of all our praise, and we lift You up, King of kings and Lord of lords, our Savior, our Creator, our Healer, and our Deliverer. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord. I break off every chain that is holding this dear reader down. Throw open the prison gates and bring healing to the hearts, minds, and spirits of Your daughter right now in the name of Jesus. I pray that this warrior would arise with a sound from heaven that will scramble and confuse the plans of hell, and that all attacks against her would be sent back to where they came from. We bring our thanksgiving to You. We sing Your praises, and for all that was and is to come, we thank You, Jesus. Amen and amen.