A Wrestle in a Winepress, Part 1 –  your Lion Bites word for today

Many of you have been like Gideon in the winepress threshing wheat – doing the wrong thing in the wrong place, filled with worry and fear about the future. But God is coming to you now to wrestle fear out of your heart and to call you to do great and mighty things with what He has put into your hands.
God is unravelling the fear that has been wrapped around you as false armour and removing every spirit of anxiety that makes you feel ‘less than’. He’s coming down into your own personal winepress – the place of your hiding – and He’s starting to speak great and mighty words over you. These words carry deliverance and courage and as you hear them you will receive freedom and strength for the task ahead.

Judges 6:11-12
The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”


A Wrestle in a Winepress, Part 2 –  your Lion Bites word for today

Judges 6:15
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

With fear gone, many of you are looking in your hands and feeling like Gideon did – ‘I don’t have enough to do anything of significance!’. But God speaks to you like He did to Gideon, He calls you a mighty warrior and gives to you a miracle of doing much with little.
God is stretching what is in your hands – for some, there are miracles of multiplication coming to you. He’s enabling you to do way more than is humanly possible with the resources He has given you, whether that be money, skills, products or ideas. Don’t run around like Gideon did trying to build the biggest army. Instead, let God refine you down to the size and capacity He needs you to be and leave a huge God-gap in your life for Him to pull through with the miraculous.
Receive the miracle of doing much with little, the miracles of stretching and multiplication. Look at your hands from God’s perspective and see the enormous amount of transformation the little is about to create.

Judges 7:7
The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”


A Wrestle in a Winepress, Part 3 –  your Lion Bites word for today

As God starts to send you out to do much with your little, many of you feel as though you lack revelation and reassurance of the path ahead. Rest assured, just as God gave a dream through a man to strengthen Gideon, so there is revelation coming to you in many different forms to help kickstart your new adventure.
God is meeting you as you sleep and as you rise – whether it be a gentle whisper in your ear, an ‘aha!’ moment or an all-consuming vision, He’s coming to speak to your heart. This revelation will bring not just strategy for the road ahead, but the strength to press on and do what God is telling you to do. These revelations carry edification and direction, courage and vision and as you receive them, know that God’s got your back and He’ll have it the whole way as you follow His voice.
Pay attention to the voice of God in the many different ways it’ll come to you – let scripture jump off the page, dreams stir your heart, God-thoughts strengthen your inner man and visions bring direction. Turn your ear to hear the God that is already communicating with you.

Judges 7:13-15
When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.” And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”
As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.”