The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” – Numbers 13:1-3 ESV
God wants to give direction to our lives, just like a parent wants to give direction to the children they love, lead and grow. God meets us where we are, but He doesn’t leave us there. We are in a battle and like the Israelites, we are on a journey and God is guiding us from where He met us, to where He wants us to go- to become who He wants us to be. We need to be in communication with our Father, with our Commander. For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and NOT to harm you. Plans for HOPE and a FUTURE. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Leader, Ephesians 2:10 tells us, we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. This seems to be our problem, as human creatures, we seem to follow our feelings and our flesh instead of having Faith. Just like many of us, the Israelite’s lack of faith took over- instead of listening to God, instead of believing the promises of God- the Israelites gave into their feelings and their fears. When we give into the flesh and forego our FAITH, it costs us dearly on this journey. It cost the Israelites 40 years in the desert. Only 2, of the approximately, 2 million people who left Egypt, in the Exodus, entered the Promised Land: Caleb and Joshua. The Israelites missed God’s blessing, and when we rely on our flesh instead of our faith, we miss God’s best and we disappoint our Lord. For God Himself says, He requires faith and faith requires a GAP! There is a gap between what our eyes, ears and feelings tell us and what God says. The bigger the gap, the greater the Faith. We must remember that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without faith.
Conduit, there are ways we SHORT CIRCUIT our faith. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the BEATITUDES, see Matthew 5. These are attitudes that we are to have, as true followers of Christ. These attitudes align us with Christ, and they allow for blessings and for us to be more properly used by God and reflective of Godly traits. There are also many “BE NOT ATITUDES”, they cause us to miss God’s blessings and usefulness. These attitudes are of the flesh, the devil and the world: Bitterness, Anger, Hatred, Unforgiveness, Hostility, Resentment, Grudge, FEAR. All these BE-NOT attitudes equate to the greatest of the worst, which is UNBELIEF. If you want the blessings of God, the presence of God, then we must align and sync with the WILL AND WORD OF GOD! The devil is getting ANGRIER and the world, America is following the Prince of this world instead of the SAVIOR OF THIS WORLD. It is time to REFOCUS on God’s Word, God’s Way and God’s RETURN. The psalmist in Psalm 19:14 has his focus on the Lord and not the world- how about you? May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Amen! The TIME IS NOW, REFOCUS!