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Monday, January 17, 2011

Overcoming Giants

The children of Israel were given a land to conquer. Moses instructed the 12 leaders of the 12 tribes to go into the land to spy it out and to bring back a report of what they saw. They came back with fruit from the land and gave their report. Though all 12 spies saw the same thing, they came back with 2 different conclusions. 10 of the spies said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we." Joshua and Caleb quieted the people and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are will able to overcome it." The people were swayed by the negative report and spent the night weeping, and wanted to select another leader and return to Egypt. Only Joshua and Caleb and those 20 years of age and younger were able to enter into the promised land. God has given us many promises. He has given us a "promised land" to enter into. The vastness of His love and presence and promises still awaits our possessing. Negativity is an enemy that needs to be discovered and defeated. Sometimes we have lived with negative thinking for so long that we don't even realize how negative our attitude is. We have accepted defeat too easily because something didn't work out right away. We haven't stayed in faith and believed that God has a thousand ways to answer a prayer. We need to remember that God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. When we receive a word from God we will see how God can work in very simple ways. Usually His thoughts about a situation are thoughts that we had never considered, yet they will be so easy to accept. What does God require from us? Faith! He simply required faith from the children of Israel. They didn't have to know how to conquer the land, they simply needed to believe that God had given it to them, and therefore it was theirs to take. Whatever God has promised you, claim it by faith, and don't give up. God will be true to His Word. Don't let negative thinking stop you from moving forward into the land God has given you.

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