Hello everyone! We are in a pivotal time of positioning and elevation, God is even working on us regarding whom we are sharing our hearts and space. God’s reducing Gideon’s tribe (his army) from 32,000 to 300 is a very interesting story. God whittled them down first by letting those who were scared go home, and then a very peculiar water drinking selection process to choose the final 300. He made it clear that he needed only 300 to pull off his miracle deliverance, and He instructed Gideon as such.

This brings us to our verse for today in Judges 7:4:

The Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. If I say to you, ‘This one will go with you,’ he must go with you. And if I say to you, ‘This one won’t go with you,’ he must not go.”

When we are in a great time of transition, promotion, new mantles, or new assignments…we need to let God sift and sort through our tribe, that is those in and around our lives. We must let Him tell us clearly:

  • This one will go with you!
  • This one won’t go with you!

Another version describes it as God making the final cut. Apparently, 300 ‘dog-style-lapping men were more effective for God’s plan than 31,700 others. 

 God removes people from our lives for the following reasons:

  • They are not good people (e.g. have secret evil intentions and actions)
  • They are good people, but not God-focused people (i.e. they are not intently pursuing the Lord)
  • They are good people and even God-focused people, but you have divergent visions or on non-complementary spiritual paths. (For instance when God asks you to switch churches)

God selects!

Sometimes we think we know what and who is best for us. But truth be told none of us are omniscient and without the help of the Holy Ghost we cannot see what we need to see.

Even the great prophet Samuel could not select David as King without God telling Him…”Nope not him, next” “Next” next’ In 1 Samuel 16:7 we are told: 

“God does not see as humans see, Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart.”

Sometimes we can choose our friends, mates, and associates by appearances, net worth, by shared interests, by even perceived anointings….but we need to see the heart and we can’t do that without God. We need spiritual discernment to see beyond what is presented.

God subtracts!

Even with regard to family, as adults, we still have the ability to increase or decrease our interactions with our kin. In Genesis 12:1 God told Abraham (then Abram)  ““Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you.”

So yes, sometimes God shifts out even family! It didn’t say that his family was bad, yes maybe they were worshipping the foreign gods, None-the-less I am sure Abraham loved his family, but God said ‘depart!’  In fact, he decided to let his nephew Lot tag along, and we see how it turns out when we don’t fully obey God concerning who is attached to us.

We also see family separation when same Lot’s future sons-in-law didn’t have the wisdom or discernment to know that Lot wasn’t joking about the coming judgment and got burnt up with  Sodom and Gomorrah. Judges 19:14  So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiancés, “Quick, get out of the city! The Lord is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking.”

Remember the Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 2:14 “..people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” So sometimes God separates us from those who, though well-meaning, may not understand support or encourage our spiritual destinies. 

The good news is that God not only takes away, but He adds, In  Psalm 68:6 it says that He places the lonely in families. His point isn’t to leave you lonely,  it is to create the right tribe. Please note however that there are some callings that require an alone season such as with Joseph and David, but then God will add the right people after that alone season is over.

The story of Ruth is a good example of selection. In  Ruth 1 we see Naomi telling her daughters-in-law to turn back to their relatives since her sons (their husbands) had died. After a little pushing Orpah decided ‘okay good idea’ but Ruth was like ‘no way’ Ruth told Naomi, “Don’t force me to leave you. Don’t make me turn back from following you. Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

She was willing to make that serious commitment of switching from her Moabite god to the God of Israel. Ruth was added and Orpah was subtracted from Naomi’s destiny. This was vital to God’s plan for the Messianic lineage. And let’s not forget God’s hook-up with Boaz to make this all happen 🙂 

God is good and He is love, He knows that some assignments are very difficult, so He hooks us up with Destiny helpers…When God gave Moses that momentous assignment to set His people free, Moses was like ‘no Lord, not me, I can’t even talk properly. The bible says that even though God was angry with Moses he said: “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. “(Exodus 4:14) He added Aaron to Moses. 1 Samuel 18 describes the powerful covenant bond between Jonathan and David. Our God hooks us up with love and support as needed.

So that’s it, folks. Remember we are called to love all, so just because God has shifted you from someplace or someone, this doesn’t mean you should not pray and believe the very best for them…they just can’t be in your primary space and focus in the upcoming season. 

Remember some simply cannot go where you are going on the next level, but there are some who should go with you to successfully complete your God assignments! So if you are ready to soar to new heights, let God decide who will go with you, and who WON’T go with you!

Be blessed! Stay safe Coach D

Bible  Verses:

  • Judges 7:4
  • 1 Samuel 16:7
  • Genesis 12:1
  • Judges 19:14
  • 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • Psalm 68:6
  • Ruth 1
  • Exodus 4:14
  • 1 Samuel 18