And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. (Judges 12: 14–15)


Are you trying to qualify yourself? Do you find your thoughts arguing back and forth? Don’t cave in to discouragement and think, “Well, I didn’t finish this,” or “I didn’t finish that.” Do you remember when the angel came to Gideon? The angel called Gideon a “mighty man of valor!”

Gideon said, “Who? Me? Right there, he began to disqualify himself. He said, “Wait a minute. You don’t know. My family is one of the poorest families in the tribe. I don’t have much education. I don’t learn easily like most people. I’m the least among my own brethren.” 

You can see that Gideon’s view of himself really didn’t make any difference to the call of God on his life. God has a plan. He has preprogrammed a marvelous plan for your life. Do you hear what I’m saying to you? And His plan includes you living on earth like you were in heaven. God has no plan for you to be poor or in any way unworthy of your calling.

God knew what kind of potential was in Gideon, and He knows what kind of potential is in you!


Dear Lord, I repent of believing and saying anything about myself that is contrary to who You made me…who Your Word says I am…what Your Word says I can have…and what Your Word says I can do. I praise You for Your marvelous plan for my life. I am a mighty man (or woman) of valor! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Training for Reigning. To order this kingdom leadership playbook, click here