THE GREAT BAIT OF THE ENEMY: WALK BY SIGHT

We walk by faith, not by sight. This is for those of you who know you need to clean up your marriage; you need to clean up your act; you need to stop doing what you’re doing. You know you need to start going to church. You know you need to discipline yourself in some areas. You need to step out and do that thing that God is asking you to do. We WALK BY FAITH, not by sight!!! One of the ways that Satan can lie to us and tempt us with is that the wiser thing is to walk by sight, not by faith. If Satan can get you to walk by sight and not by faith, you are going to miss so many things that God has set aside for you!!! That is the great bait of the enemy: walking by what we see, and not by what we HEAR. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of the Lord. God’s ways are so much higher than ours; His ways are so much more different than ours; He works supernaturally, not by what we see. 

Numbers 14:9

Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.

When the spies went into the land, could they see with their eyes that God had removed the protection from the giants of the land so the Israelites could go and assume it? No, they could not see that with their eyes!! They had to believe by faith that God was going to do something supernatural in order for them to go take the land. They could not see the protection had been removed, and yet it was. 

This is the great bait of evil. God tells you to go do something and you don’t see with your eyes that “the protection has been removed,” that the opportunity is truly there. All you see are GIANTS and BATTLES. All you see is the fact that you might be completely destroyed. What you need to believe is that “the protection has been removed. The Lord is with us; don’t fear.” Moving forward in faith if God says, “Go,” you have to believe that the same God who was operating on behalf of these 12 spies and was willing to remove the protection from the giants that could have massacred them is at work for you!!!!

Numbers 14:10-12

10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

11 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

They decided after God got mad to go and do what He said. The problem was that the moment had passed; there were now CONSEQUENCES. There were consequences for not believing God would do what He promised He would do; there were consequences for them walking by sight, and not by faith. There are consequences when we choose to walk by what we see and not believe that whatever God is calling us to, He is going to PROVIDE and SUSTAIN. 

Numbers 14:40-45

40 And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.” 41 But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of the Lord, when that will not succeed? 42 Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies. 43 For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed out of the camp.45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah.

I want to be super sensitive and clear about this. When God asks you to do something, you must walk by what you cannot see, because He doesn’t work the way we work. The Israelites did not see that the protection was taken away, but they had a CHANGE OF HEART. It was almost as if they were so swayed in the other direction that they were like, “Ok, now that the Lord has told us that we’re not going to take the land for 40 years, I didn’t realize there was that consequence attached to disobeying.” When they disobeyed, they didn’t realize the harsh consequence that would come down on them for walking by sight, and not by faith. So they went up and tried overcome the giants and take the land, but the protection had been put back on the giants for 40 years. 

I don’t know what you’re facing today, I just know that I want those of you who are walking by sight and are so proud in your practicality to know that God is never going to be so practical that you can predict all of His moves. We must walk by what we can’t see, FAITH, rather than what we can see. 

I challenge you to think about how His ways are not our ways, they are so much higher!!!!! He wants to give you the fruit of the promised land, but you have to walk understanding that He WILL pave the way for you to get it!!!!!

Love you!!