A Trumpet, A Jar, A Lamp
In my last message, I wrote on how to be used of God. In it, I took the story of how God chose Gideon and his motley crew of three hundred to go to battle. I talked about getting rid of things that will hinder us as Christians from being used of God. In this message, I'd like to take it a step further. Now that I've discussed how to be used of God, I want to transition into the concept of how to win.
Have you ever wanted to take back what the enemy has stolen from you? Have you ever wanted to take your family, neighborhood, town, city, state, or nation for Jesus? If you have, this message is for you. I want to give you the ingredients to help you become a victorious Christian who will battle Satan and see souls saved.
In Judges 7:8, we find that Gideon and his group of three hundred men are about to engage the enemy - the Midianites. Of course, the odds were greatly against them. Some Bible scholars believe that this little army was outnumbered by as much as four hundred fifty to one- "So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley."
Do you ever feel like you are so outnumbered by the evil and wickedness of your day that you think you don't have a chance? Do you ever feel like the Prophet Elijah who said - "...I , even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men"? (1 Kings 18:22)
If you feel this way or have ever felt this way, take heart. God and you are a majority no matter how outnumbered you may feel.
In verses 9-14, we read the account of how God tells Gideon to go down from his position right into the camp of the enemy. When Gideon gets there, he overhears a dream that one man is telling another. After hearing the dream, the man's friend interrupts by stating - "...This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host." When Gideon hears this, he gets a major boost of encouragement. He realizes that God is working not only on the side of Israel's army, but also on Midian's side by putting His fear into their hearts.
Many times we can't see what God is doing so we assume He's not doing anything for us. Yet, if we would look at our problems with the eyes of faith, we would see that God is working behind the scenes to bring forth a great victory for us His children.
Just like Gideon, be encouraged! God is doing more for you than you know about. He is not only working in your life, but He is working in the enemy's camp to remove the obstacles that stand in your way, and to ensure that you are victorious.
By verse sixteen, we find Gideon back at his camp. He divides his men into three groups - giving each of them a trumpet, a jar (or pitcher), and a lamp. These are very odd "weapons" to go to war with. Yet, in verses 18-22, we see that when Gideon and his army blew the trumpets, smashed the jars, and held forth the lamps, God confused their enemies and caused them to flee.
Christian, you can win your sphere of influence to Christ with a trumpet, a jar, and a lamp. You can conquer the enemies of God and consistently bring light and life to an area if you will simply use these three instruments. Let me briefly explain.
God told the prophets to lift up their voices like trumpets and figuratively sound the alarm as a watchman on the city walls would do (Isaiah 58:1; Joel 2:2; Jeremiah 6:17; Ezekiel 33:7). Today, God is still calling His people to open their mouths, lift up their voices, and declare the Word of the Lord. I really believe that if the church of the Lord Jesus will get in the Word, study it, and then go out into the world equipped with it - to declare truth to a lost generation - God's power will follow His people. Signs and wonders will begin to happen again as they did in the book of Acts, and the lost will be saved.
The breaking of the jars (or pitchers) - I believe - is very symbolic of what God wants to do in us in order to see victory. Whenever we allow something that we are holding or something that is a part of us to become broken before God, then His power goes to work in our situations - breaking down obstacles and sending fear into the enemy's camp. In this condition, it is as if we are saying - "God, I'm going to allow a part of me to become broken as a symbol of what I want you to do through Your anointing to the enemy. I want You to break through for me, so I will allow brokenness to come into my life first.
Yet, there is even more significance to the jars being broken. Judges 7:16 tells us that the lamps were inside the jars - "And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers." Therefore, in order for the enemy and everyone else in the vicinity of Gideon's army to see the light from the lamps, the jars and pitchers covering them had to be broken.
Christian, when you allow yourself to become broken before your God, the world no longer sees your pride. They no longer look at your shortcomings and faults. They no longer gaze at an earthen vessel! Instead, they only see Jesus - the Light of the world. When this occurs, Satan gets confused and flees, and Jesus draws men and women to His light.
You have His light inside of you. Why not allow something of yours to be broken and become nothing but a pile of rubbish so that His light can be seen radiating from you to your world?