One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!” Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us—he has turned us over to Midian.” But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?” Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.” God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”

Flipping the script is knowing that we have joy in the lord. Understanding the power of our rejoicing. Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness comes from What but Joy comes from Who. Having joy includes feeling good cheer and vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God's goodness, involves more. It is deep-rooted, inspired happiness.

Joy is knowing that God is Good. The nature of God is good. God's nature is good. God does not call something good based on how it makes you feel when it was happening. God calls it good when it serves its purpose. We need to be able to trust the WHO not the WHAT. When things are happening in our lives, we need to be able to trust the nature of God. We need to be able to see light in it, we need to always find the good part. God knows what we are about to go to and where we are going. God does not become real in the answers, he becomes real where we are wrestling with the questions. The darkness does not have to go away for the light to be effective. When you say things are good even when they look bad, you are not lying, you are just focusing. Today, whatever you are going through, you have to learn to focus, focus on the fact that God is good in all, and everything will serve its purpose.

There are some lessons and points we can pick from Gideon's story

  • Gideon could not see the sign that God was with him that allowed him to thresh wheat in a wine press

  • You can't build a life even it is inconsistent with how you think. It starts with your mind. Your thinking has to line up with your building. 80% of the thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive. A new you have to start in your mind. Renew - Get rid of the old and something new.

  • A stronghold is a negative pattern of thinking that you have gotten comfortable with.

  • Your circumstance is so loud that it completely negates your worship. Don't elevate your presence above God. Don't reduce Gods presence to a hypothesis.

  • God being with me is not for debate.

  • Do you need a sign for your circumstances? Signs are for an elementary level of faith

  • Whatever you are looking for you will find. A Punch List - Check your list again and see how faithful God has been to

  • When you flip your list to a list of gratitude, you would always see that God has been with you. Look at the list again.

  • What if you live your life convinced that no matter what comes against me. He's with you. This is not a faith that denies what you are going through. But I am not going elevate my circumstance to Jesus. I know he is with me.

  • Once you get your identity right, your behaviour will follow. Once he got the revelation, then God gives him direction.

Flip the script. Demolish the idol, so you can build the altar. Build the altar on top. Tear down the things that you have put above God or maybe even beside him.

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