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Gideon A Mighty Man of Valor

How To Talk Yourself into Victory and Success

Judges 6:11-17

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?

Hebrews 11:1

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!

7 Comments »

  1. I’m wondering if positive affirmations in yourself negates a faith in God? Gideon had to learn that God would be faithful, even though He said He would. Gideon kept testing God until his faith was strong enough to go against the Midianites.
    Even then, the Lord reduced his army until the probability of victory relied solely on God’s provision.
    My faith is in the King of kings….certainly not in myself.

    • Hi Rick, thanks for your comment. My faith certainly is not in my self either but in the most High God. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Fact is our minds end up believing what we hear often whether negative or positive. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. So speaking negatively against self has got repercussions.

      • It’s true that…if the Spirit of God leads you to share the gospel with someone, and you say “I can’t”, you are essentially denying God’s power that He said He will supply you with.
        This isn’t a denial of yourself but of Christ in you.
        The world takes it as some mysterious power of the human will and intellect, we recognize Christ in us.
        Thank you for clarifying.

      • Very true Rick. Greater is he that is in us and that is the Holyspirit of God in us. When we confess the positivity in the word of God, it comes to pass because it is backed by the Holyspirit. Let us learn from the author and finisher of our faith – Jesus Christ.

      • Remember….There is much negativity as well. In God’s Kingdom what looks negative is God testing us.
        I approach these very cautiously because positive affirmations are the works of false religion.

      • Don’t you think that it’s how we filter information is the means by which we receive it? Either by the Word of God or by pride? I know I do.

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