STEP OUT IN FAITH

STEP OUT IN FAITH

Some really good news just came through for us recently. It’s something that both Doreen and I have been praying for with much anticipation and expectation. But like all things in life, it came with a catch. Long story short, when we received the news, we found ourselves a little short. The resources are all there, it’s just not in the right places and it won’t get moved around in time.

The naysayers are openly pessimistic. Even the authorities don’t see how it is going to work. But you know what? This reminds me of a story.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”
So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.” Numbers 13:1-3

And this was their report.

“We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Numbers 13:27-29

“We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” Numbers 13:31

“The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:32-33

Eerily familiar, isn’t it? God promises something and when the time comes for us to go forth and possess it, we get distracted by what we see before our eyes and doubt starts to creep in. Do you find yourself in a similar situation?

Now, I say doubt creeps in and not that we begin to doubt, because in truth, we who are the beloved children of God, never have any reason to doubt. Think about it. In our lives, there is always that one person who will never let us down. No matter what happens, we know that they always have our back. True? So if we can have so much faith and trust in mere mortal man, how much more faith and trust should we have in an omnipotent, omniscient God who created us, loves us and gave us the right to be His children?

Yet, doubt, we often do. And why is that?

“…sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you...” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

Sin, in all its manifestations and with all its consequences, is literally crouching at the door of your heart and your mind, waiting to pounce at the first opportunity it gets and do us in.

Frankly, I’m not much for complex analysis; so by way of an analogy, you can look at the situation like this. If Satan is the owner of the amusement park called hell, then sin is his marketing manager. And the first thing that sin wants to do to you to entice you into hell, is instill fear into your heart.

Why? Here’s why. Remember when John said,

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” Revelation 21:1

He also recorded,

“And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”” Revelation 21:6-8

Notice who are the ones who are first named to enter that eternal playground of hell? That’s right, the cowardly and the unbelieving. Mass murders, wait your turn. Fornicators, take a number. The cowardly and the unbelieving have priority.

Seems a little harsh, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. You see, when we doubt, we start to move away from that which we are apprehensive about. If we doubt that a chair can hold our weight, we move to another one. If we doubt that a bank can keep our money safe, we move to another one. So imagine what happens when we doubt our Father’s love and power?

It is little wonder then that instilling doubt and fear is the devil’s weapon of choice, for remember what the devil wants to do to us?

“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,” Luke 22:31 [AMP]

And what better way of getting us out of our Father’s power and keeping than by giving us a compelling reason to walk out of our own accord?

So when doubt sets in, when fear creeps in, when we are staring at His provision but we dare not reach out for it, what should we do?

Step forth in faith.

When Gideon had his 20,000 men whittled down to 300, this was what happened to the enemy.

“The whole Midianite camp jumped to its feet. They yelled and fled.” Judges 7:21 [MSG]

When David went to meet Goliath with a sling and stone, he fell the giant.

When Joshua walked the armies of Israel around Jericho, the walls fell after 7 days. Need I go on?

But how is it that we can have such faith in our Father? Well, that’s because we remember that when Joshua was about to start the campaign on Jericho, he met this fellow.

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord, I have now come.” Joshua 5:13-14

So in the same, if you have a challenge coming up, you can be sure that our Father is going to stand with you as the Commander of the army of the Lord, sword drawn and ready to go into battle with you. Because, for all you know, this could very well be the state of the adversary that is waiting for you on the other side.

“I know the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:9-11

Beloved, remember,

“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth,
Making it bear and sprout,
And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 [AMP]

What our Father has promised, He will make good. All we have to do is hold Him to His promise and step forth in faith. So if you are facing a challenging conquest, don’t let what you see deter you from possessing all that our Father has promised. Step forth in faith, knowing with full confidence that because our Father has promised, He will surely deliver.

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