God has anointed you to do something extraordinary for Him.

And because of this, there will be times when it seems as though a mountain of opposition stands against you. Or spiritual warfare may threaten to overpower you.

That is the very moment you are poised for a miracle of deliverance.

The Surprising Dream that Boosted Gideon’s Faith

God used a surprising dream to release faith in Gideon, at a time he faced overwhelming odds in warfare. [1]

On the eve of battle, God told Gideon, ‘If you are afraid to confront the Midianites, take your servant and go listen to what the enemy is saying’.

Evidently, Gideon was scared, for he and his servant crept down to the enemy’s encampment, where they overheard a man sharing a dream:

“To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”

Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.” (Judges 7:13-14, NKJV)

7 Insights from Gideon’s Dream that will Boost Your Faith

The dream of the loaf of barley bread tumbling into the Midianite tent is a compelling picture that speaks to us today.

1. Surrender will not Always be Comfortable

“A loaf of barley bread tumbled”

‘Tumbling’ gives us a picture of bread that was rolling and turning about. [2] This loaf of bread, which represented Gideon and the Israelite army, may have seemed out of control, but it was precisely aimed by the One who sent it.

So if surrendering to God has left you feeling out of control, choose to trust Him.

You may be experiencing turbulence and discomfort, but you are safe in your Father’s hands.

And remember, God’s aim is true. He doesn’t miss, and you are right on time.

2. God (Who Chooses the Weak) has Chosen You

“To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread…”

Barley was known as “the bread of the poor”. It represented Israel and Gideon. At that time, Gideon and his family were impoverished grain farmers. [3]

Earlier, Gideon had declared, ‘I am the least of the least’ (Judges 6:15). But regardless of his position in his family, or that of Gideon’s clan, or his tribe, only one thing mattered.

Gideon was chosen by God.

And God Who declares, “I choose the weak things of the world to shame the mighty” has also chosen you (1 Cor 1:27).

So don’t look around and say, “God must have chosen someone else”. Be assured you are His choice.

Be who you are. Being authentic and surrendered to God, is powerful.

3. What was Stolen from You is Now a Weapon

“a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it”

The Midianites and others had oppressed Israel for 7 years. Every harvest time that enemy would swoop in like locusts, and steal the grain harvest (Judges 6:1-6).

The barley loaf represented that which the enemy had been stealing—year after year.

That very thing the enemy stole from you, will be used by God as a powerful weapon.

He is the God of the turn-around. The Lord of breakthrough is your Father, and He is releasing your harvest!

4. Realize You Intimidate the Enemy

“Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp”

The oppression of the enemy over many years produced intimidation in the Israelites. When we are first introduced to Gideon, he is threshing his grain in hiding.

God knew Gideon needed a paradigm shift! On the eve of battle, He gave Gideon an insight into the true perspective of the enemy.

That intimidator was actually terrified of God and Gideon.

What a powerful antidote to fear! The Bible says that the enemy is aware of—and intimidated by—the God-given authority you carry.

You represent Jesus! [4]

With the eye of faith, see your enemy on the run, for you are an overcomer.

5. God has Anointed You with the Holy Spirit

“Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp”

The dreamer recognized that the power of the bread, representing Gideon, could only be located in God, the Deliverer of His people!

Gideon was a weak and inexperienced leader. But Gideon was anointed by the Holy Spirit (Judges 6:34). And his power was from God, the one Who sent him.

Your Father is releasing you and sending you forth from His hand.

Declare, ‘My power and strength is in the Holy Spirit! The Spirit is upon me, anointing me, and working on my behalf!’

6. No Stronghold will Prove too Great

“it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed”

In the natural realm, a loaf of bread would have no impact on a tent, because:

  • A tent is secured to the ground
  • And it is crafted to withstand wind and weather

That tent represented the enemy’s stronghold. Its protection. But God had already stripped the enemy’s protection away. [5]

Now, that loaf of bread became a sword in God’s hands.

And just as that loaf of bread overturned the tent of the enemy, God will use you to overturn the schemes and strategies of the enemy.

No stronghold can withstand the Name of Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your life.

7. Your Father is Merciful Towards You

“This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”

On the verge of overcoming a powerful enemy, Gideon continued to have his own personal battle. He was still afraid.

But God showed him mercy, by giving him an opportunity to be encouraged and have his faith strengthened.

When Gideon heard that dream, he bowed down and worshipped. The next day he rose up with his 300 men and God defeated that vast army of Midianites.

At last, the years of oppression were over.

If things have been tough lately and it seems as though opposition is stacked against you, take time to worship.

For the God who miraculously delivered Gideon is your loving Father.


[1]Gideon had an assignment from God to save his people from the oppression of the Midianites and to defeat them. (Judges 6:14-16)

[2] The Hebrew word for tumbled, ‘haphak’, means overturned, turned over, or about, to turn every way (Strongs H2015).

[3] ‘Barley was considered an inferior grain, which was used by the poor. This loaf symbolized Israel, who appeared inferior and smaller in number than the Midianite army.’ Ref Judges 7:13, Spirit Life Bible, Ed. Jack Hayford.

[4] In the New Testament, see Mark 3:11 and James 2:19

[5] See Numbers 14:9

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75 thoughts on “7 Keys from Gideon’s Dream, that Will Boost Your Faith”

  1. Thank you Helen.Everything that you’ve said, you are talking to me.I will make time to pray like i used to.Thanks a lot

    1. That’s great Hilda, I’m praying right now you find that place of fresh encounter with God and be lifted

  2. Beloved Helen, I welcome you back from vacation. My heart rejoice for this piece, it is faith boosting, and direct to one’s soul. Thanks. I have read this article for three times, trying to figure out, and rewind my memory to fix it. I have not been able. My question now Helen is; how do one pick dreams and link it to the bible, f or clearer answers and hope. If dreams appear confusing, and could not be linked with the bible, what must be the next step after waking up? My life has been characterized by challenges, almost suffocating my faith, and gifts. In all these, God has been faithful raising helps even from distance land. Do challenges provoke dreams?
    You are a blessing to many prospective prophets, and I pray the Lord continues to reveal more to you, to help us stand straight.
    Be blessed.

    1. Hi Martins, thank you! Sometimes we have to ‘turn our dreams inside out’ in order to understand and link to Scripture. If an element in a dream is confusing or dark, what is the opposite? What is God speaking to you about redeeming? He will reveal to heal.

  3. Dear Helen,
    The enemy has tried to destroy my identity through oppression so that the calling might also be lost. Who I am in Christ (my true identity that has been restored) is the weapon that intimidates the enemy and so I am grateful for your word, once again, that bring confirmation and encouragement. With love, a sister in Christ.

  4. What a prophetis encouragement coming at an opportune moment for the ministry God put on me! I thank God for you Helen

  5. Dear Helen
    Thank you for this very encouraging story about Gideon.
    The enemy robbed and stolen from me so much in my early life, but God has restored so much over the last 20 years I am amazed by what God has done and what he has called me to. My life is a far cry from the broken shattered child that I was. My pray and cry is for my 3 of my children who are prodigals – I feel robbed by Satan of their faith and love for God I pray for them I trust God to draw them close, sometimes it’s hard to stand when Satan fires the darts or trouble through them. Your post has encouraged me to keep trusting standing and believing that God will bring restoration and victory in their lives too.

    Kind regards
    Karen Sewell

  6. Dear Helen,
    Thanks for allowing God to use you.i had a dream last night that I got a book from a person and I closed the book to see the title and it was”Its’s Extraordinary”. Then the speaker called my name and blew on my left ear/neck and the power of God went through me like electricity. And began to shake. I woke from the dream and 30 min late received this email. I opened it and the first line reads” God has anointed you to do something extraordinary for him.” I dropped my phone. Father is blowing my mind. Thanks for send this confirmation right on time. God bless you and your ministry.

    1. Wow God! His love is revealed, even in the choice of a word. I love that Belinda, and love the dream. Freshly anointed!

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