Tuesday, October 17 2017
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers, you shall send a man, every one a leader among them." Numbers 13:1-2 NKJV
Moses had been leading the children of Israel through the wilderness for 40 years preparing them to take possession of the promised land that God had set aside for them to have. We know the story well...what should have taken 40 days turned into 40 years because the people would not honor and listen to the one that God had chosen to lead them to the promise. They started complaining against Moses and God and began desiring to go back to their bondage because they did not trust that Moses was leading them correctly.
At one point as the children of Israel were in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh, God told Moses to select twelve spies from among the people. They must be leaders among the people. Those spies were sent into the land of Canaan to spy out the land. He instructed them to go a certain way and to see what the land is like, whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. He instructed these men to be of good courage and to bring back some fruit of the land. In other words, go and give us an idea of how good the land is. Bring back some fruit so the people can see how good and pleasant the land is for us to dwell in. So the spies went into the land to spy out its inhabitants. They returned with a cluster of grapes so huge they carried it between two of them on a pole. The report they gave was that it truly is a land flowing with milk and honey and look at the fruit and how plentiful it is...BUT we saw the descendants of Anak there. Oh...there were giants in the land and we are not able to overcome those giants. We know that they reported what they COULD not do instead of the good in the land that was worth all the time they had spent preparing to enter their promised land. These were leaders among the people who could not see beyond their fear of the giants. They said that we are like grasshoppers in our sight. They took their eyes off of how BIG their God was and how faithful their God had been to deliver them from Egypt and to believe HIS promise that he was bringing them into a good land flowing with milk and honey. As a result, the people became scared and refused to enter into the land. They all began to complain to Moses and Aaron and began wishing they had died in the wilderness and began asking why God had delivered them only to fall by the sword.
Joshua and Caleb fell on their faces before the congregation. They spoke to the children of Israel, saying, "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us". What a contrast from the other report that the other leaders had given. Two men full of faith saw the promise and began to try to tell the people of the goodness of the land. They tried to calm their fears and feed their faith with what THEY could see.
With eyes of faith, these two men saw the promise and knew that God was well able to give them the land. They knew they could cooperate with God and that the favor of God was upon them to inherit this land and to drive out the inhabitants. The people believed a bad report from ten of their LEADERS cowered in fear. God became furious with the people and Moses interceded that God would not kill these people because of unbelief. Then God said "But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
We know that the Spirit of Faith was upon Joshua and Caleb. They saw the promise and believed that God would do what he said he would do...and the land would be given to them.
How many times do we hear a promise from God either from His word or a prophetic word over our lives to grumble and complain that God is not able by his Spirit to accomplish what he spoke. We operate in unbelief and complain to God all the reasons why we can't do what he spoke over us. We look at the giants in our life and feel like grasshoppers in our eyes. We must arise as Caleb and declare boldly "Give Me My Mountain!". This is not a time to cower in fear. We have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind". We must arise as leaders in this hour to believe His promise is true and that he is well able to give us the land. Let's do not allow another generation to pass because in our unbelief we did not think we could conquer the giants in the land. No...this is not that you are unable to do anything in your region because they don't see what is on your life and use the excuse that even Jesus could not do any work in his hometown because of unbelief. If you have the Spirit of the living God you have within you the power to defeat the giants in your life that have kept you hiding in your cave and it is time to believe God that we can possess our promise and step out and move boldly forward and take out those giants and TAKE BACK OUR LAND!