Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of something great? There is a feeling of excitement, joy, and happiness. That’s how the children of Israel must have felt in Numbers 13. After years of abuse under Pharaoh’s leadership, they were free and ready for something better. God informed Moses that it was now time to enter the promised land and instructed him to send twelve men, one from each tribe, to explore the land. The men went up, stayed forty days, and came back with the good fruit of the land but a bad report. They explained how the land was plentiful, luscious, and green but inhabited by giants—giants who came from giants! Caleb, one of the twelve said, “We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!” (v. 30). But the other men disagreed, “To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them” (v. 33). Who told them that they looked like grasshoppers and that the giants considered them as grasshoppers? Did the giants? No, they made it all up. It was a grasshopper complex.
Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. –Rick Warren
That’s often the mistake many of us make. We begin to think out of our fear rather than our faith, creating a whole set of false perceptions and emotions that control us. Fear and faith are based on the same premise: something is going to happen. So believe by faith that something good is going to happen as you trust God in the situation, rather than something bad based on fear. Cultivate a Caleb-type faith. We can conquer because God is with us!
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