‘…my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. (Judges6:15).
A cul-de-sac is a street with no through route; a dead end or a course leading to nowhere. Gideon truly was from a small family lineage, but he allowed his capacity and ability to be shaped by his genealogy. Even though he recognised the identity and ability of the heavenly visitor, he couldn’t yank himself from his deep-rooted identity – ‘the least’.
Cul-de-sac Christianity is a religion of passivity. It is saying: ‘God can use others but not me’. It’s a religion of common routine with no expectation of breaking new ground and moving to higher levels. It’s simply limiting yourself and giving it to the ‘chosen and ordained ones’ while forgetting that you’re among the called and chosen according to I Peter 2:9.
The incessant raid of the Midianites on Israel as grasshoppers descending on green grass with no end in sight was a devastating experience for Gideon that he couldn’t envisage any end to the dire situation. Likewise, what we have been through and, or we encounter in life can blur our vision of God’s plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
We must not allow our past to define the future for us because we’re in a new covenant enacted by the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 10: 22).
The incessant ‘raids’ by the enemies to frustrate your ambition of breaking the mentality of cul-de-sac notwithstanding; your determination to understand God’s picture of who you are dwarfs the lies of the devil. Let go of self doubt and shift to mountain moving, giant leaping type of faith obtainable in the word of God.
You need to stop comparing yourself to others and start celebrating your uniqueness as part of God’s complete big puzzle. Your world is one of no limit and with God on your side; you’ll have the world under your feet to conquer for Him.
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