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GAINING GROUND! MOVING FORWARD!
The only time in the Bible we are told to wait, or ‘stand still’ is so we can observe the mighty acts of God and what He is about to do for His children. Other than that, we are on a road, following and serving Him, seeking His will and direction.
As faithful children we should be moving forward in Kingdom work; yet, must be following the leadership of our Lord. Adrian Rogers said, it is sad to see God’s people coming to church with no direction, aim, or ambition but to simply “sit, soak, and sour.”
In the Old Testament book of Numbers chapter 13, the Israelites sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land. When they returned, ten men said the land was full of giants. They are stronger than we and there’s no way we could defeat them. Because of their discouraging report, the people listened to them, stayed put, and failed to inherit the blessings God that had prepared just across the river. Listen to the conclusion of their report in Numbers 13:33, “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, so we were in their sight.”
Did you catch that phrase “in our own sight”? That’s how they viewed themselves before the inhabitants of the land. But they failed to remember God had already promised them this land. All they had to do is go and claim it, and God would give them the victory and the land! I have a sermon on this passage: “Overcoming the Grasshopper Complex”.
Not only did they view themselves like grasshoppers, but their faith was small as well. You see, God doesn’t tell us to conquer anything by our own strength. It is in Him alone that we have strength and gain victory. Our responsibility is to be obedient, listen to His direction and keep pressing onward. Paul likened it to ‘running a race’…. ’looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith’. (Hebrews 12:1-2) When you serve the Lord Jesus, yes, the battle may get hot, even scary at times, but remember the victory is yours… ”Thanks be unto God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Joshua and Caleb tried their best to encourage the people in the wilderness to move forward. These two are the only ones in that generation who eventually went into the Promised Land because of their faith in God. In one sense they had won a victory by their faith.
I love what Caleb said to the people: “…rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.” (Numbers 14:9)
Notice the impact of this…. when we are not moving forward in the Lord, gaining ground for the Kingdom, it is the spirit of rebellion.
Beloved, our task is to seek His face and do His will. We can’t afford to focus on numbers, finances, or abilities, not when it comes to faith. Simply put, if God orders it, let’s do it. God has assured us, He will give the victory!
May God Richly Bless You!