Have you ever been in a predicament? I know I have. In Judges 6:10 we see the root of a terrible predicament that Israel was in. Actually, it was a destructive seven-year cycle. I have written on this before, but there are some things worth mentioning again! In fact, many of God's prophets are calling for a time of fasting, prayer and crying out to God because we are facing a possible financial crisis (according to several teachers and prophets). I have always believed that God's children will be provided for, however if anyone is in a destructive cycle that keeps re-occurring then you need to read this article! And/or if you want breakthrough then keep reading!
When we first meet Gideon in Judges 6, the Midianites were plundering Israel and this had been going on for seven full years! Each year at harvest time, the Midianites and some other tribes they were aligned with swept through Israel. Their crops were stolen, livestock taken and their homes were destroyed. Times were so difficult that many of the Israelites were living in caves.
One of God's prophets sent word to disclose why this was happening again (over and over) to Israel. The word from God was "Also, I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.' But you have not obeyed My voice." (Judges 6:10).
Unfortunately, Israel would obey God for a while and experience happiness and prosperity. Then they would become disobedient, which cause them later to experience desperation. The curse of the Midianites was one of these.
Gideon was hiding during harvest time, threshing wheat in a winepress, when an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with the mighty man of valor!" Now,think about it. Gideon was not acting mighty at the time- yet God saw Him differently. God saw BEYOND Gideon's fear, anxiety and doubt and then prophesied Gideon into a shift! What was the shift? Well, after the divine visitation, Gideon torn down the idols in his family's back yard and rebuilt the altars of God. Then he called warriors together and went on to lead a victorious battle against the very enemy, the Midianites, which he was previously hiding from! The seven year curse cycle was broken! Dear ones, it can be broken off of your lives also!
Break the Cycle
I want to encourage you to read some of my previous blog posts concerning the Midianite curse and the enemy that steals your breakthrough and harvest. Simply scale down and read the others. You will gain even more insight if you will do so. But for now, I want to encourage you. It is time for you to hear the Word of the Lord concerning your future and destiny. The enemy has attempted to attack your ability to hear the voice of God and believe for breakthrough! Position yourself to hear again. Spend time with God and listen to His voice. This will cause your spirit to shift and then your faith will arise to defeat the destructive cycle of the Midianite curse that devours harvest.
Secondly, examine your heart concerning idolatry. I have written numerous books on spiritual idolatry. The Jezebel Yoke is one that I recommend as well as Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord. Both of those books target issues of idolatry and empower readers to cycle out from its evil grip.
Believer, I know it is your season of breakthrough. Do not allow the threat of lack intimidate you from pressing into God and believing for your mountain to be removed!