Gideon A Mighty Man of Valor
How To Talk Yourself into Victory and Success
11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
13 Gideon said to Him, “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, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
14 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?”
15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
Like many of us, Gideon was a man who had demoted himself through his thoughts and words. God knew that he had created Gideon as a man full of courage but he saw himself in a different perspective. The Bible rightly says in Proverbs 18:21, ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.’
It took an angel of God speaking positive affirmations to Gideon to make him believe and see himself as the man he was created to be – a leader and a man full of courage! Once Gideon’s confidence was restored, he went ahead and led a small army of Israelites to defeat a big army of the Midianites who had oppressed them for a long time!
It’s a proven fact that we end up believing what hear whether consciously or unconsciously. Scientifically, Claude Steel’s self affirmation theory confirms this fact.
‘Self-affirmation theory is a psychological theory that focuses on how individuals adapt to information or experiences that are threatening to their self-concept. Claude Steele originally popularized self-affirmation theory in the late 1980s and it remains a well-studied theory in social psychological research.
Self-affirmation theory contends that, if individuals reflect on values that are personally relevant to them, they are less likely to experience distress and react defensively when confronted with information that contradicts or threatens their sense of self.
Experimental investigations of self-affirmation theory suggest that self-affirmation can help individuals cope with threat or stress and that it might be beneficial for improving academic performance, health and reducing defensiveness.’
Be kind to yourself – speak yourself into victory and success
Now, what is faith?
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Speak to yourself by faith and call out the good things you want to manifest in your life. It doesn’t matter what the natural says but keep on overriding the negative natural with positive affirmations of what you desire to manifest and in due time it surely will. Where there is sickness, speak healing. Where there is defeat, speak success. Where there is poverty, speak abundance and the list goes on. Your whole belief system is built up of words that you have heard since you were born!