Daily Feast – January 26

Moving From Rejection To Dominion (I)

Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah... So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me, and expel me from my father’s house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?”...Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.-Judges 11:1-11

The list of faith heroes as written in the eleventh chapter of Hebrew has among them, the name of Jephthah. An unlikely man rejected by men but accepted by God. He has a harlot as a mother. God picked him with all his BUTS and made a leader out of him.  Jephthah, who was described as a mighty man of valour did not allow the society, he lived in to define him. We are not responsible for our place of birth, but it is our responsibility to discover the purpose of God for our lives and pursue it with determination to succeed. Your birth is not by accident, there is a purpose for it. May you discover the purpose of God for your life in Jesus Name.

Jephthah, who had Gilead as his father and unnamed harlot as his mother, went through mental torture, hatred and dishonour as a result of the ignorance of his family members. “Your background has nothing to do with the plan and grace of God upon your life. Jephthah was hated because of the grace of God on him, Despite the fact that he was sent out and rejected in his father’s house, because God is not a respecter of persons, Jephthah decided to leave the hostile environment, where he was tolerated for where he could he celebrated (James 3:16).

Jephthah did not want evil around him so he fled from his brother; his rejection became a direction from God. You never know your need until you know where you are going. Do not continue to struggle where you are tolerated, there is a place for you to be celebrated. May you discover that place in your life in Jesus Name. Having left the hostile family environment, Jephthah met the rejected men of his society (HIS LIKE) and because of the grace upon Jephthah, the (rejecters) made him (Jephthah) their leader.

The problem, Jephthah went through helped to toughen him until his grace became known to the society. No matter the problem around your life, i see you rising from obscurity to limelight in Jesus Name.

Prayer: Father, let your grace be evident in my life so that I would be celebrated in my place of dominion in Jesus Name. Amen.

Further Reading: James 3:16, Hebrews 11:32
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 48:1-49:33; Matthew 15:29-16:12; Psalm 20:1-9; Proverbs 4:20-27

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