Go Into the Enemy’s Camp

The biblical story of Gideon and his 300 men is an intriguing account of how God will use the minority to gain victory over an enemy who was superior in numbers, resources and fighting ability. The Bible describes the Midianites as hordes and locusts too numerous to count, “These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare.” Judges 6:5 (NLT)

These hordes would descend on Israel during the harvest, consuming everything leaving the people poor and destitute. “Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys” Judges 6:3-4(NLT). Because of the cruelty of these marauding nomads, the Israelites made themselves hiding places in caves, mountains and strongholds, “The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.” Judges 6:2 (NLT)

When the angel of the Lord found Gideon, he was hiding in the bottom of a winepress processing his wheat harvest. However, it was not wine harvesting season, and you cannot process wheat in a winepress. Who would think to look for wheat in a wine press? The Lord told Gideon to gather an army. He then gathers an army of 32,000 warriors, which was insignificant against the Midianites, God says an amazing thing to Gideon; He says they are too many. So the army is reduced to 10,000 warriors. Again God said you have too many warriors; the army is reduced to 300 and God said that is the right amount of warriors. Next, God gives Gideon the strangest command, He instructs Gideon to go into the enemy’s camp.

“That night the LORD said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!” Judges 7:9 (NLT)

I speak this word of encouragement into your life and ministry: “You will not have to hide from your enemy and work in obscurity anymore. Don’t worry about numbers, God will do more with less, you just have to be obedient and do what God has called you to do. Stop worrying about the numbers and who is against you. Walk into your enemy’s camp, stroll in like you own them, be bold and possess the gate of your enemy. God has given you victory over them!”

Be Blessed,

Bishop Jemmott

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