Twelve spies left the wilderness to go inspect the promised land God was giving them.
Ten came back focused on the giants.
Two came back focused on the promise.
Ten died in the wilderness and they only saw the promised land from a spy’s point of view.
Two not only entered it, but helped lead the nation into it.
We are all spies.
We are all looking at a land God is giving us.
We all would love to enter it and live there.
What we focus on will determine what happens.
So…what are you focused on?
What type of spy are you?
I realized fear is uncertainty in the nature of God. It’s our Father’s good pleasure to take care of his children… when we lack confidence in who God is, we lack the confidence to overcome fear. The courage to follow God’s invitation, and to trust in his nature, will always feel like a sacrifice at first. The apostle Paul actually tells the Corinthian church, “We who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be made manifested in our mortal flesh. So, death works in us, but life in you,” 2 Corinthians 4:10–12.) NASB He’s telling them there are parts of Christ that will never be formed an ass unless we are willing to sacrifice.
What happens when you’ve prayed long and hard for something, but you don’t get the answer you wanted? You asked God, and you felt sure that he wanted it for you too. Yet you didn’t land that job, your kids didn’t return to church, your abilities are diminished, and the relationship you’ve been working on hasn’t been reconciled. In situations like these, we can often feel hurt, confused, disappointed, and even abandoned. But Scripture promises that God does not withhold any good thing from those who love him (Psalm 84:11). If you are walking through pain, heartache, setbacks, and disappointment, I want to encourage you with these truths today: God is good. God does good. God works all things together for good. God loves you. God is for you. You can trust his heart, even when you can’t trace his hand.
It’s possible to not be okay, and believe Jesus is okay at the same time.
Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry.
A consistently stressed Christian is one who has not learned to navigate through stressful experiences by trusting in a consistently faithful God.
If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look little or big.
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Control seems preferable to what we typically think of as its opposite–chaos. But I want to suggest that the opposite of control is not chaos. It is trust, and trust is far preferable to control. We want to control ourselves because we fear the outcome of letting God be in control. We fear we won’t be taken care of, won’t have what we need, or will be taken advantage of. But trying to be in control is futile because in reality, there is very little that we can control.
We often think of great faith as something that happens spontaneously so that we can be used for a miracle or healing. However, the greatest faith of all, and the most effective, is to live day by day trusting Him. It is trusting Him so much that we look at every problem as an opportunity to see His work in our life. It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.