Whose Report are Your Going to Believe?
By Sharon Jaynes
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
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?
Is there someone that I have been listening to and believing rather
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?
"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).
"We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can
certainly do it." (Numbers 12:30).
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".
"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed".
"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
but missing the Promised Land? Whose report are you going to
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.
*All Scripture references are from the NIV
Sharon Jaynes is an international conference speaker
and author of ten books including Being a Great Mom-Raising Great
Kids, Becoming the Woman of His Dreams, and Becoming a
Woman Who Listens to God. For information about Sharon's books
or speaking topics, visit
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