This is for those of you today who know you need to change. You just know you need to change something; maybe God has revealed it, maybe someone has told you and it has resonated with you, you might have even fought them, you might have been offended when they told you, but internally you know they are actually right. This is for you. You need to change, but you haven’t.
Your word of the day today is DECIDE. Make a decision to change. Make a decision to believe. Make a decision to make a step in the right direction. Hasn’t it been long enough? Decide, decide, decide RIGHT NOW to change!!
In Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to go scope it out. God said, “Go take the Promised Land; go take it. I’m giving you the victory; it’s yours.” The people freaked out. So, the Lord said to go send 12 spies into the Promised Land. When the spies got to the Promised Land, it was exactly as God said.
27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
I want to tell you what actually happened to the people with a negative report, which isn’t preached about a lot.
36And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land— 37 the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before the Lord.
But, Caleb had a different outcome as a result of his following and believing the Lord.
24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
Twelve spies went into the land and they both saw the same thing. Whatever you’re dealing with today, there is someone else who has walked in your shoes!!! Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “9What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” There is someone else who has dealt with it; there is someone else who has beat it, chosen to change, and RECEIVED THEIR PROMISE. I personally have gone through a lot of things, and there was a moment when I could stay with the perspective of, “Oh, yeah we could go take the land, but I’m going to be defeated; there are a lot of obstacles there; there are a lot of monsters there.” OR, I could decide to OVERCOME it and have Caleb’s perspective. Yes, there is an obstacle, but we are going to go take it; we are going to go take the land!!
There are two different approaches to victory. One is: “I’m scared, let’s not do it. It’s too hard; it’s too challenging.” The other one is: “We can totally do it with the Lord’s help!!!” What’s the difference? A DECISION.
Caleb and Joshua saw exactly what everyone else saw. They saw the giants; they saw the fortified cities; they saw the obstacles. They saw the issues, problems, and potential harm that could happen to them. Yet, Caleb and Joshua made a decision to believe that God was going to help them; He was going to walk through the Promised Land with them. He was going to help them defeat all of those issues. The other 10 decided to live defeated. Joshua and Caleb did enter the Promised Land, it was 40 years later, but they did enter it. The ten other spies that came back with a bad report perished by a plague because of their decision not to do what God said.
When it comes to us claiming victory, claiming a “Promise Land,” we can stay defeated like those 10 spies and live a defeated life, a life with never seeing what has been promised to us, never seeing our potential. When we stay defeated, defeat becomes our god!!! Or, you can choose and make a decision to believe that God will walk you through the obstacles in the Promised Land to help you overcome it!!!! I am personally challenged by this and it ministers to me, because several years ago I had to make a decision. Am I going to stay defeated in this defeatist mentality where I have 1,000 excuses not to change, and they are pretty valid excuses not to change, and live a life defeated where I am the victim? OR, am I going to choose to believe that, YES, victory is there FOR ME; it’s going to be hard, BUT GOD called me to VICTORY, and He is going to walk with me through the different battles I am going to have to fight?! Who do you want to be? A defeated 10 spy, or a successful 2 spy? They saw the same things, but Joshua and Caleb decided to believe; THEY DECIDED TO CHOOSE VICTORY; they decided, even though there were obstacles, to believe what God said. It’s time for you to DECIDE.
I love you guys! I hope this challenged you today and encouraged you to change; if it did, send me a message!