God doesn’t cause the bad stuff, but instead equips us with the authority, power, and assignment to

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH the angel of the Lord and calls Gideon a mighty man of valor (see Judg. 6: 12). Gideon responds, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about?” (Judg. 6: 13).

This seems so funny to me. An angel just spoke to him while he’s hiding in a winepress, and almost without missing a beat he has a response to the angel. It shouldn’t surprise us to know what Gideon was thinking about when the angel showed up. His guns were loaded.

If there were any verse in the Bible that seemed to describe the heart of people who often miss out on what God is doing, it’s this one: If God is with us, why has all this bad stuff happened? And where are the miracles we have always heard about? God does not author the bad; He is the One who has empowered us with the tools that bring Heaven’s solutions. It’s time for us to learn how to use the tools He has given us, believing that they really are sufficient for the task at hand.


JUDGES 6: 12-40 EPHESIANS 6: 10-18


God, thank You for the revelation that You are always with me and You will never leave me. Thanks for showing me that I have powerful tools to resist the enemy and release Heaven’s solutions into the earth. Help me to courageously use the tools that You have given me.

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