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Inspirational


Whose Report are Your
Going to Believe?



Key Verse:

"We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can
certainly do it." (Numbers 12:30).


Devotion:

All through the Bible, God gives us great and wonderful promises about
who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in
Christ. Let me remind you of just a few.

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength". (Philippians
4:13)

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed".
(Proverbs 16:3)

"God...has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual
blessing in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3)

"For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that
has overcome the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:5)

The Bible is packed full of many promises just like those. However, the
enemy, Satan, tells us that we are worthless losers with little or no
power to live in victory. He tells us we are but "grasshoppers" in the
face of our difficulties and struggles. The question arises: Whose
reports are we going to believe?

That question has reverberated throughout history. For example, the
Israelites who had been freed from the Egyptian slavery in the book of
Exodus faced the same dilemma. They had been roaming around in the
desert for many years, when God signaled it was time to enter the
Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. He said, "Send some men to
explore the land of Canaan which I am giving the Israelites." At
God's command, Moses sent in twelve men to spy out the land and ten of
them came back with this report:

"We went into the land which you sent us and it does flow with milk and
honey! But the people who live there are powerful, the cities are
fortified and very large." (Numbers 13:27, 28) The men went on to say
they were like grasshoppers compared to the giants who lived in Canaan.
However, two of the spies, Caleb and Aaron, believed God and retorted,
"We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly
do it." (12:30).

Guess whom the people believed? They believed the "evil report" and
failed to take the land because of fear. I have an acronym for fear:
False Evidence Appearing Real. They only saw the giants, but failed to
see Almighty God.

God had already given them the land, the people simply had to move
forward and possess it. But instead of moving into the Promised Land,
they wandered in the desert for many more years. Caleb and Aaron were
the only two who inhabited the Promised Land. The others died in their
unbelief.

Oswald Chambers notes, "Human frailty is another thing that gets between
God's words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we
realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties
become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be
non-existent. But remember God's assurance to us - "I will
never...forsake you." Have we learned to sing after hearing God's
keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say, "The
Lord is my Helper," or are we yielding to fear?"

I don't want to be like those Israelites who didn't believe God told the
truth. Do you? Let me ask you a few questions. Are you going to move
into the land flowing with milk and honey, take the promises found in
the Bible and make them yours? Or, are you going to believe the evil
report and continue wandering around in the desert - free from slavery,
but missing the Promised Land? Whose report are you going to believe?


My Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, Thank you that you have called me to walk in victory. Help
me to realize when I am listening to Satan's lies, "to the evil report,"
and not to You. If I am the only person who believes in your promises
today, give me the courage to believe and walk forward in faith to what
you've called me to do. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Application Steps:

Think back over your life for the past few months. Have you believed
what your eyes see or what the God promises in His word? Make a list of
promises of God that mean the most to you and practice believing the
truth!

Look back over the promises of God listed above in the devotion and
below in the Power Verses. How might these verses help you defeat that
"grasshopper" feeling in your life?

Can you think of a time where you believed God's report instead of the
border bullies, naysayers, and gloom and doomers? What was the result?

Read 1 Samuel 17:34-37 and think about David's courage:

But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's
sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the
flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth.
When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised
Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of
the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and
the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."

Where did that courage come from? Now read the "rest of the story" as
Paul Harvey would say. Were there those who thought him crazy? Were
there those who believed he could win the fight? Did it matter to David
one way or the other what others thought? What was the outcome of
David's dependence on God?

If someone gets hit in the forehead, which way would he most likely
fall? Which way did Goliath fall? What does that suggest as to who
really killed the giant?


Reflection Points:

Is there someone that I have been listening to and believing rather than
God?

Have I been living in fear in an area where God has called me to walk in
courage?

Have I been looking at a situation and thinking about my own abilities
to accomplish what God has called me to do or have I been depending on
God to accomplish what He has called me to do - in His strength and in
His power?

Do I feel like a grasshopper or a soldier in God's army?


Power Verses:

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who
loved us" (Romans 8:37).

"This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is
it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son
of God" (1 John 1:4, 5).

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus
Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be
glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:20, 21).

*All Scripture references are from the NIV


 

 
 
 
Sharon Jaynes is the President of The Proverbs 31 Ministry and co-host for the ministry's international radio segments, heard on over 400 radio outlets.  She also is a feature writer for their monthly newsletter, The Proverbs 31 Woman, and inspirational conference speaker for women's events from coast to coast.   For more information about The Proverbs 31 Ministry, visit www.proverbs31.org.
 
 
She has written for various magazines such as The Joyful Christian Woman, Decision, and Money Matters.   She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Steve and their son, Steven


 


 

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