Faith removes hindrances!
Verse for Today: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
We live in times of fear and anxiety which are contagious. The people of the world are prone to fear and are super sensitive to external evidences of things which might go wrong. They only see the possibility of things going wrong and come to easy negative conclusions. As a result of association with such negative people with negative thought pattern in a negative culture, even God’s people succumb to think negatively. Out of the twelve spies Moses sent to Canaan, ten were negative and had no confidence in their God’s power to lead them to victory. As they were the majority, the people at large believed them and plunged themselves into fear and anxiety and lost their courage and confidence. But Caleb was a different kind of a believer. He had full faith in the might of His God to lead them to victory. He didn’t discount the strength of the inhabitants of Canaan, but had faith to believe that His God was far greater in power and majesty to lead them to victory. Caleb saw God in front of him and not the Anakites or Amorites. When he looked at these mighty forces through the eyes of faith, they looked like grasshoppers. His perception of His God and His might made nothing else that mattered to him. He believed that His God would see him through all hindrances. He also believed in the prophetic Word that came to them through Moses that God would remove all opposition and inhabit His people in Canaan. He believed in the promises of God to be true and his faith stood far above all the enemies in Canaan.
Dear reader, are you confronted by powerful hindrances to stop you from appropriating all the blessings that God has promised you? Are they threatening to annihilate you? Are they formidable in their strength, size and shape? But you need not lose your confidence and courage to go forward because your journey is as per the commands of your Lord whose power and strength far exceed that of the intimidating forces. You are accompanied by the Almighty and your journey is according to His divine plan and purpose. You need not fight against these enemies with your own might because your Lord has filled you with His might. Your armor is divine and your tactics are faith and trust in your Lord. As you march forward, He subdues your enemies at your feet. He has given the territories for you to capture by faith and not by human endeavor. Your Lord wants you to capture the territories He has promised and He stands with you as you take steps of faith. Your forward march is part of the spiritual warfare for which He has equipped you. Your forward march is the evidence that you believe in His promises and that you are committed to appropriate the territories which are given you positionally. All you have to do is to appropriate it by faith without fear or anxiety. So dear reader, there is no need to hesitate. Don’t let other people discourage you. You need to rebuke all discouragement in the name of the resurrected Lord Jesus and go forward to appropriate all that He has promised you. Just look back at the innumerable Egyptian tyrannies, Red Seas, Jericho, Goliaths, Philistines and other hindrances you have been equipped to overcome in the past and be encouraged. Red Sea will again open up, new Jericho’s will fall and more Goliaths will be defeated by the might of your Lord. When you put your relentless faith in Him, He will help you to overcome these giants who block your way. Let our hearts not be troubled today because of these hindrances, but let us trust the Lord to remove it all as we step forward with courage and confidence in Him.
Hebrews 11:33 – (By faith) they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword.
Thought for Today
There is no hindrance in the lives of God’s children that will not move away when then step forward in faith and with courage and confidence in the Lord.
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