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 the Dream that will Boost Your Faith (as it did for Gideon)

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.

You are chosen! And God Who declares, ‘I choose the weak things of the world to shame the mighty’ is the One Who has 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 has stolen from you, is what God is going to use as a powerful weapon.

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

4. Realize the Enemy is Intimidated by You

‘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 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. You are Anointed and Your Power is from God

‘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.

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

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

Now, that loaf of bread became as 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.

He gave 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.

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.

The God who miraculously delivered Gideon is your loving Father.

Has this prophetic teaching from the story of Gideon encouraged you today? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section below, or on Facebook or Instagram.


[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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70 thoughts on “7 Keys from a Dream that Will Boost Your Faith (Gideon)”

  1. This was on time word. I am a new Pastor who was confronted by one of seasoned members first time about me using a youth that not saved (but has approved to be train by the Presiding Elder) to serve in holy communion service. She felt the child should be saved first. After deep discussion that member was so angry her eyes were red ? I felt so attacked and angry. I pray for wisdom and this blog came to me. I believe God is reminding me about only the priests we’re annointed to serve holy communion. Please advise I am encouraged how God use Gideon.

    1. Hi Addie, I believe in these kinds of situations always refer to and lean into your leadership rather than engage in a confrontation – our leaders provide a covering for us

  2. If I write my present situation you will see how it fits perfectly into Gideon’s. This is so timely, accurate and encouraging. God is so true to his word. Your inspirational and Holy Spirit filled messages helps me every step of the way. God bless you woman of God

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