Numbers 12,13; Psalms 90; Mark 2
“… We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are … The land, though which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:31-33)
The 12 spies were all Israelites, but their perspectives were all over the map. Just because they were God-fearing people, it didn’t mean that they’d all see things the same way. It’s not pedigree, nor talent, nor denominational ties. It’s not parentage, nor height, weight, nor looks. It’s the way we think and perceive events. They could not overcome their poor perspective, and because of that, they were not able to rise above their human emotions!
Emotions control our motions. It is a prelude to how we will act, or at least the spirit behind how we act. Fearful responses, not being willing to take risks, or being unwilling to initiate anything comes from entertaining the wrong thoughts, and that triggers emotions, and wrong emotions are what causes us to have wrong decisions. “… all the people we saw were of great height and we seemed like grasshoppers!!” But Caleb’s perspective would be what set them apart!
Think of it like background music. If we are thinking negatively or thoughts of possible failure, our motions will unconsciously move in that direction. But if we think, “I certainly CAN do this!” – then faith takes over. Look at Caleb’s response to the very same challenge in Numbers 13:30 – “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘We should, by all means, go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.’”
- Words like these inspire courage. Negative words will discourage.
In the church, we need to take hold of the promises of God and constantly play the promises of God in our hearts and minds in order to produce the motion of faith. Let His promises be your background music this week and courageously do what God has asked of you. Take the land even though it seems untakable! (And here’s a word for pastors and leaders .. sometimes the negative thoughts come from your top 12. If it happened with Moses, it will with you. But watch for the Joshua’s and Calebs among the ranks. They will be the ones that will rise and conquer in the end.)
Lord Jesus, I choose to believe Your promises of fruitfulness and not question my faith – rather, walk in it. My lack of faith has only resulted in negative thoughts that constantly defeat me. It’s my thoughts that defeat me! But no longer. I choose, from today onward, to let Your promises be my music!
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