“Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6.14 NKJV).
When God told Gideon to “go in this might of yours,” Gideon’s mouth probably dropped wide open. It was obvious to Gideon that he didn’t have the “might” necessary to defeat an entire nation. He was from the weakest clan, hiding from his enemy in a winepress. God had to give Gideon many supernatural signs in order to break his inferiority complex and do the great things God had planned for him. However, God didn’t prepare Gideon for victory by adding to his confidence or self-esteem; rather, God stripped Gideon of almost everything. Out of obedience, Gideon offended his neighbors by tearing down their shrine, he slimmed down his army to only 300 soldiers, and he devised a battle strategy that would make any military leader laugh. God left Gideon exposed, dependant and vulnerable; which is exactly the best place we need to be. Only when we realize how inadequate we are to achieve God’s will for our lives, will we learn to completely surrender to the authority of the Holy Spirit. God breaks our inferiority complex by teaching us to rely solely on His superiority. As God’s children and co-heirs with Christ, everything belonging to God is ours — including His might! If we are to accomplish the amazing life God has designed for us, we must learn not to be dependent on our own strength. We need to allow God to strip us of everything that boosts our ego, so we will finally decide to tap into God’s might and claim it as our own.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8.17 NIV).