And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (numbers 13:33)
At God's instruction, Moses sent out twelve men to the land of Canaan, to spy out the land. God had told them the land was theirs (Numbers 13:2), but when the twelve spies returned, ten of them interpreted the situation from the natural; according to what they saw (Numbers 13:33). They reported that there were giants in the land, and therefore could not take it.
However, Caleb and Joshua interpreted the situation from a faith perspective. Yes, they also saw the giants in the land, but it made no difference. As far as they were concerned, God had said the land was theirs and that settled it; whether or not there were giants in it was immaterial. This is the faith-attitude. Whereas the other ten spies were sore afraid and lamented their inability to possess the land, Joshua and Caleb saw it as their opportunity for victory.
The attitude of the ten spies in contradistinction to that of Joshua and Caleb exemplifies two groups on individuals in the Church today. The ten spies portray those in the church who are still ruled and governed by what their natural senses perceive. These are the ones easily overtaken by fear and who cower in the days of adversity. But Joshua and Caleb represent the faith-generation; those who think and talk the Word.
Let's read Joshua and Caleb's inspiring faith-response to the negative report presented to the children of Israel by the ten other spies: "Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not." (numbers 14:9). What a proclamation of faith! This is the victory attitude we should have as Christians, particularly in trying times.
Realize that you're more than a conqueror, and greater is He that's in you, than he that's in the world. All the forces of heaven and power of divinity are working on your behalf; therefore refuse to buckle or give in to any adversity, for you're a victor in Christ Jesus.
Dear Father, I see all trials and challenges that come my way as bread. No force has the ability to defeat me or throw me off balance because greater is He that lives in me than he that's in the world. I'm more than a conqueror, and I live with confidence, knowing that all of heaven and power of divinity are working for me, for my good, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities September 21, 2011
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome