Saturday, September 19, 2009

I am NOT a grasshopper, neither are you

I will be ministering this sermon this Sunday and thought I would give all of you a preview. In Numbers 13 Moses chose his top leaders to go and spy out the promise land. This was a pivotal moment for the Hebrews as they were just a few miles from the promise land and it was at this junction that Moses hoped to enter it. His hopes would be dashed by the leaders. The 12 was gone for 40 days and returned with the report that "we seem as grasshoppers to ourselves and thus must look that way to them, they are giants" (my version). Only two, Joseph and Caleb said "we can take them, lets go immediately" (my version again). What is astonishing is that the top leaders who should have demonstrated great faith discouraged themselves and also the Hebrews. Needless to say they all became doomed to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and none of them except Joseph and Caleb ever saw the promise land.
There is going to be a time (it might be now) where your faith will be challenged. The enemy of your soul will no doubt show you all the "giants" around you. You will hear from the naysayers, you will feel you are not capable, not qualified, barriers in the way and that call of God is questioned because you see your own lack! How you will end up on the other side of your faith will depend on your attitude and answer to God. Will you tell him how inadequate you are? Will you trust God as you remember all the things He has done thus far? Will you teeter on the edge of victory for 40 years?
I challenge you to dive into this story and learn a fast lesson. Remember your faith can be as small as a mustard seed to move a mountain! But what will your attitude be? I asked myself this question with several things I am facing and my answer was and remains: I am NOT a grasshopper. I am more than a conquer, I can do ALL things thru Christ who strengthens me!!