Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains. So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it. So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord.
Good morning friends. I just love the stories of the bible! They are packed with deep insights into human nature like no other book known to man – it should be a recommended text for all students of anthropology.
In our opening verses, we are introduced to a band of raiders who formed an alliance, and their strategy was to encamp around their enemies, target and destroy their livestock and farm produce. This led to economic and political instability, and ultimately poverty. Very odd, I can hear you say, but similar strategies are still at play in global politics and economics. For instance, there are still evidence of unfair trade, aggressive policies aimed at disrupting or derailing countries; with a view that they remain underdeveloped, indebted and reliant on foreign aid. Multinational firms avoiding much needed tax in developing countries. Poor resources and infrastructure, leading to poor harvest yields, crop diseases, and food waste.
Spiritual forces over people’s lives that hinder them from progressing to the next stage or phase of their destinies. The phenomenon is known as Near Success Syndrome. Just at the brink of that business turnaround, just at the brink of signing that major contract, just at the brink of that promotion, just at the brink of exchange of contracts for that property, just at the brink of that wedding date, just at the brink of that award, just at the brink of that pregnancy, just at the brink of that graduation – something major happens and it turns to dust. It all becomes a pipers dream.
Dear friends, there is a day that hallmarks a new beginning and you are witnessing one of those days now. Today, I take authority over every earthly or spiritual force assigned against your purpose and destiny. I destroy their plans, I frustrate their efforts, and I put an end to their raids on your harvest in the name of Jesus! In the words of the psalmist:
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Your morning of favour is here, and it’s here to stay!
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