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FAITH IS

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 Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please God

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.  By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Hebrews 11:1-7

Faith, motivated by love, not logic or reasoning, is what pleases God! Sincerity and presumption have nothing to do with it. The children of Israel were sincere and presumptive and they still were defeated by their enemies. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

“Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.”  And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.

“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: ‘The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.  ‘Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.  ‘But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.  ‘But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness.  ‘And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.  ‘According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.

‘I the LORD have spoken this; I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’ ”

Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land,  those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.  But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land.

Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly.  And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised, for we have sinned!”

And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress the command of the LORD? For this will not succeed.  “Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.  “For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.”  But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp.

Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah. Numbers 14:25-45

The children of Israel rebelled and refused to listen to the LORD when He told them to go in and possess the Promised Land. As a matter of fact they believed the cowardly and unbelieving spies rather than Joshua and Caleb. They took up stones to stone Joshua and Caleb and brought the glory of the Lord to come down. The Lord would have destroyed all of them had not Moses interceded for them that God would forgive them. So God forgave them and granted them their stated desire to die in the wilderness of their own choosing.

The men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, and brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.  While Joshua and Caleb remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land. The children of Israel repented and rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised, for we have sinned!”  But Moses told them that it was too late, “Now why do you transgress the command of the LORD? For this will not succeed.  “Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.  For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.”

But the children of Israel presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp. As a result  the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.

The children of Israel did not use their faith to please and obey God the first time and would suffer the consequences of their sin and disobedience. The second time they substituted reason and presumption for faith and still did not obey God but went up to the mountain top to fight the Amalekites and the Canaanites, not believing, that the LORD, was not with them because they had turned away from the LORD.  So they were defeated and fell by the sword before their enemies.  These kind of things do happened in life when men base their decisions and actions on reason and presumption rather than faith and obedience!

Nevertheless by faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.  For God’s word is unchanging:

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:  who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,  God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Hebrews 11:30-40

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Prayer Against Sicknesses

1Prayer Against Sicknesses and Other Demonic Spirits

Heavenly Father by Your divine holy authority, I take dominion and authority over every spirit of infirmity. I nullify every wicked dart of sickness and illness that the enemy can possibility use to attack me in any form or shape. I decree and declare that no weapon of sickness or illnesses fashioned or formed against me by any spirit of infirmity shall prosper. I destroy every sickness plan the enemy can possibility have against me and I reduce it all to nothing!

In the mighty name of Jesus, I declare that the LORD Jesus is my Healer and by His holy stripes, I am totally healed. I soak myself in the atonement blood of Jesus and I cancel every general illness plan upon my life. I engulf the camp of infirmity spirits with Holy Ghost fire. I consume every power of illness with the fire of the Holy Ghost, and I render every satanic sickness power the occult can possibly use against me useless.

I rebuke every spiritual foundation of sickness and I command every infirmities spirit to bow right now to the authority that is in the name of Jesus Christ. I decree that it is perfectly well with my soul, and I decree that my entire being shall manifest the healing power of the LORD Jesus in all aspects of my existence.

I declare that the blood of Jesus is against every spirit of sickness ( and other demonic spirit) that can possibility try to attack me. I say with confidence that I am the healed and redeemed of the LORD and by the precious blood of the Lamb, it shall continue to be well with me. I release the judgement fire of the Holy Ghost upon every stubborn spirit of sickness and illnesses and demonic spirit. I confess and declare that total healing has taken place by the blood of Jesus in all aspects of my life, and I forbid by the authority of the Holy Ghost any reoccurrence of sickness or demonic spirit in my life. I cover myself with the atonement blood of Jesus, and I declare that I carry the mark of Christ therefore, let no infirmities spirits or demonic spirit ever trouble me! In Jesus holy name and by His righteous authority I have decreed and declared! Amen.

NOTE: There are other demonic spirits besides the spirit of infirmity that create havoc in the life of believers which can be named, rebuked and taken authority over by this prayer. Demonic spirits such as lust, poverty, adultery, immorality, lying, addiction, thievery, etc!

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

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Daily Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, I give You thanks and praise for sparing my life to see another day. I rejoice in Your presence oh LORD in this day and I exalt You for renewing Your mercies upon my life daily. I commit this day into Your hands. I pray You will keep me in Your Holy Spirit presence as I come and go. Clear my path oh LORD from every obstacles. Remove every evil mountains and stronghold from my path of destiny. Fill me up oh LORD with Your knowledge and wisdom. Order my footsteps daily and let Your glorious light shine brighter upon me. Keep me in Your righteous path. Honour Yourself in me daily oh LORD my God. Count me always amongst your redeemed living souls. And keep me daily in perfect steadfast walk with You. Increase my faith, hope and trust in You and keep me far away from every unholy and ungodly associations.

Bless me daily oh LORD with Your divine attributes of patience. Help me to discern right from wrong and enable me to always choose right between right and wrong. Open wider the eyes of my understanding and save me from erroneous judgements and from wrong conclusions. Counsel me daily with Your holy counsel and let Your counsel always guide my conscience and let it always be the only source for my decision making in life.

Help me to serve You daily in righteousness diligence and in good faith. Increase Your authority and boldness in me so I can without fear declare Your truth across the earth. Consume the spirits of fear with Your judgement fire and destroy every plan of the enemy to cripple me with fear. Watch over me daily oh LORD my God with Your watchful eyes, and as I come and go, let me remain in uprightness position with You. Let no evil spirit come near me and let no evil ever befall me. Let no evil weapon of the enemy ever prosper or work against me.

Anoint my feet daily with Your holy oil and make me daily a bearer of the Gospel Good News. Encourage me oh LORD to encourage others. Enable and inspire me daily so I can be a source of inspiration and enablement for others. Provide in Your abundance for my needs and equip me financially so I can be perfectly positioned to minister to the needs of others for Your goodness name sake. Let Your joy exceedingly increase in me oh LORD my Maker. Let Your laughter fill my soul. Let Your praise fill my heart. Let the meditations of my heart please You. Let my desires be of Your holy will. Let me always honour and glorify You in all that I do oh LORD my God.

Sanctify my tongue daily and make it always an instrument of righteousness and holy worship. Make me a true worshipper daily and let me always worship You in spirit and in truth. Let no corrupt conversation take place in my mind. Let no evil communication proceed forth from my mouth. Let no sorrowful thoughts form in my mind. Sanctify my lips for Your praise and purify my heart daily oh LORD to be obedient to Your divine Will and humbly recipient to Your perfect ways.

Shield me from the confusion darts of the enemy. Protect my mind from the wicked suggestions of the enemy and let no subliminal messages of the evil ones gain entrance into my mind to pollute it. Help me to be obedient to You daily and protect my soul from rebellious thoughts. Increase Your holy anointing upon my life. Deliver me from all evil and lead me not into temptations. Guard and shield my heart, my soul, body, spirit and mind oh LORD with Your whole armoured shield. Have Your perfect way in me always oh LORD my God and faithful Redeemer.

Open the floodgates of heaven and pour Your blessings generously daily upon me. Let Your anointing rain of power fall upon me non stop and let me always operate and function in the overflow of Your anointing power. Focus my attention on You daily oh LORD my Christ. Make a way for me daily my LORD where there seem to be no way. Perfect my ways daily and let Your joy continually be my strength oh LORD my God. Let Your blessings in my life in this day and for the rest of my life be permanent oh King of glory! Let Your grace and mercies continually rest and abide with me now and for ever.
In Jesus mighty name I have prayed. Amen.

Psalms 19:14
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

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PERFECT LOVE

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OVERCOME TRIBULATION …

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

Jesus said we would have tribulation. He did not say that He was the one bringing the tribulation or what the tribulation would be, but He said it would come. Then He made the amazing statement that in the midst of tribulation we were to be of good cheer.

Tribulations exist because there is a battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil. When we operate in faith, God is able to grant us such victory that we are actually better off because of the battle. It’s just like when a army goes to war. If they win, they gain spoils. But if they embrace their enemy because of the spoils they were expecting to receive, they will be killed instead of blessed. First, you have to fight and win the war and then, and only then, will the spoils be available. The enemy doesn’t come to be a blessing, but a blessing can be obtained from the enemy if we are victorious.

Likewise, tribulations and adversities are not blessings from God. They are attacks from the enemy intended to steal the Word of God out of our lives. No man should say that the temptation came from God, for God is not the one who tempts any man (Jas. 1:13).

If problems were what perfected us, then most Christians would have been perfected long ago and those who experienced the greatest problems would be the greatest Christians. However, that’s not the way it is. God’s Word is given to us to make us perfect, and thoroughly furnished unto every good work (2 Tim. 3:17). God’s Word does not need to be supplemented with problems to accomplish its work.

PERFECT LOVE …

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear… – 1 John 4:18

God is love. He is perfect, and His love for us is perfect. There is nothing you can do right now to make God love you more, and there’s nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. His love toward you is steadfast; it’s unchanging. His arms are always stretched out toward you. He’s always ready for you to come to Him.

Sometimes people aren’t sure how God feels about them. They think He might be mad at them, but Scripture tells us just the opposite. God’s not mad at you; He’s madly in love with you! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve come from, God’s arms are open to you. He’s longing to show you His goodness and grace.

Today, meditate on the truth that it is His kindness that leads us to repent and change our ways. Open your heart and receive His love. Let it give you confidence and make you new. Trust His perfect love and let Him transform every area of your life!

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR MISTAKES

…he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.’ – Proverbs 15:32NKJV
In spite of his faults, flaws and failures, God called David ‘…a man after My own heart…’ (Acts 13:22 NKJV) And one of the qualities that made David great was his willingness to acknowledge his mistakes. Here were two instances of it:

(1) When fleeing the wrath of King Saul, he sought the help of a certain priest—a decision that caused Saul to order the death of eighty–five priests and their families. Devastated but not defensive, David told the surviving son of the slain priest who had assisted him, ‘…I have caused the death of all your father’s family.’ (1 Samuel 22:22 NLT) Can you imagine taking responsibility for such a tragic consequence?

(2) When the prophet Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba and his attempt to cover up her resulting pregnancy by having her husband killed, David acknowledged, ‘…I have sinned against the Lord…’ (2 Samuel 12:13 NLT) Would you have the emotional and spiritual maturity to make such an admission? Or do you have a tendency to defend your actions for fear of being judged, criticised or rejected? Do you sometimes feel attacked when someone offers feedback, whether it is positive or negative? Do you retreat in silence? Do you counter–accuse or blame your attacker? Do you make hostile comments? Do you become sarcastic? Making mistakes doesn’t make you a lesser person, but defending them does. Don’t let pride rob you of the wisdom that comes from acknowledging your mistakes and ultimately growing through them. ‘He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.’

CLOTHED

Leviticus 1:6 – And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces.

Do you know who first clothed man with coats of skin? It was God Almighty Himself, when He found Adam and Eve hiding behind the bushes because they were afraid of Him. They had become fearful and conscious that they had sinned against God. In their sin-consciousness, they realized that they were naked and that the glory of God, which had been their covering, was gone.

So God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve with coats of skin. (Genesis 3:21) An animal had to die and its bloodied skin became their covering. This speaks of the blood of Jesus that covers you when He became your burnt offering. The Lamb of God did not just take away your sins. He also gave you His righteousness.

Beloved, you are covered by Jesus’ blood. You are righteous by His blood. God has clothed you with the robe of righteousness, which was paid for by Jesus’ blood. I am not talking about a physical robe made of cloth. I am talking about the robe of righteousness that was on Jesus when He said to the storm, “Peace, be still!” and there came a perfect calm (Matthew 8:23–27), when healing flowed from Him to the sick and when He raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:38–44)

When you believe that you are righteous because of Jesus’ blood, you will see the effects of wearing His robe of righteousness. You will see miracles happening before your very eyes. You become a blessing magnet, a favor or grace magnet. It is not your own righteousness, but the righteousness of Jesus which you have put on, that is attracting all these blessings of God into your life.

My friend, have the consciousness of being clothed with Jesus’ robe of righteousness. Every day, come to God and say, “Father, I thank You that Jesus is my burnt offering. He covers me from head to toe with His righteousness. What He is to You, I am. As He is now, so am I. I am in Him.” And you will see the manifestations of the blessings of health, wholeness, protection and provision that the robe attracts!

THE PLACE OF BLESSING …

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there. – 1 Kings 17:2–4

As a child of the Most High God, your steps are ordered by Him. He has a specific place of blessing prepared for you. When you live a life of obedience to the Word of God, He promises to supply every one of your needs. Just as God directed Elijah to his place of blessing, God is directing you, too. He’s aligning the right opportunities for you and causing the right people to come along your path to help you. He’s constantly working behind the scenes. But in order to get to that place of blessing, you have to do your part to keep your heart open and stay in step with Him.

A major key to keeping your heart in the right place is choosing peace and unity in Christ. The Bible says that when we live in unity, there He has commanded the blessing. When your heart is in the place of blessing, then the rest of your life will be in the place of blessing, too!

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FIGHTS FOR YOU

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As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily Colossians 2:6-9

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 1 Timothy 4:1-3

Jesus Christ alone is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Him. But deceivement is a real problem for many Christians because they go off tangents and worship a truth or a man who brought them the truth. However, we are not to worship no one or nothing but God, and God alone.  As we have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so we are to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith. We are not to allow anyone to cheat us through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition and ideas of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him alone dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and He has the answers to every problem that we face!

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1801-1809) and author of the Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest men who ever lived, stated:

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.. – Thomas Jefferson Letter To Francis Hopkinson, Paris Mar. 13, 1789

“Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.” –Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770.

The harmony of life is based on One’s understanding of who your Creator is. He is not a thing out there, He is a Person and He has feelings. Your relationship with Him is not like any other relationship you have experienced in this Universe. He is both sensitive and rational. He is warm and tender, yet wise and full of judgment. He is both caring and ready to do justice. He loves to be loving and compassionate, but if He must, He will be judgmental and assertive.

He is all things to all men that some may be won to His Kingdom, but He will not compromise His values and position to avoid doing what is an unpleasant thing. He does not try to avoid the unpleasant. If you arouse His anger enough He can become very angry. If you do what is wrong, you will be punished, in this He is unflinching. He is the great Creator and He will not be moved by men’s moods, attitudes or black-mail. He will only be moved by faith and a deep trust in Him.

Yes, God does have His timing and His choosing and His ways. He does not necessarily fit into people’s perception of Him. They think He is only a God of love, mercy and grace but He is also a God of judgment. He forgives but He also brings the consequences of people’s behavior upon themselves. He even brings it upon their children to the third and fourth generation.

Many think that He is a liberal God but He is not a liberal. Some think He is a republican God but He is not a republican. He is the LORD of this universe and what He says goes!  Men can think as they please, they can do as they please and they can go where they please. But if what they think and do, does not please Him they have missed Him and the consequences of their actions will be exacted from them. For He is a person of great price! He demands their all! He demands their hearts! He demands their souls raised to Him! No, He doesn’t ask little He asks all for He is the Great I AM!

Those who persist in doing things their own way will eventually pay a terrible price for it. Though it may appear that no price has been paid, looks can be deceiving. We as men, love to deceive ourselves that all is well with us and wrong with everyone else while we betray God and is calling for our lives. We forget that we have to have an intimate relationship with Him that transcends all our desires, plans, purposes and goals in life.

If our goals and plans are totally submitted to Him, we can expect He will probably change them for the better if we just trust Him. He is in a far better position to guide us into a deeper more meaningful life than we could ever think up on our own. He is able to do what we could never think out or dream of. He is able to deal with our out of control inner man who only wants things for self. He is able to set our compass straight and chart the right kind of course for our life. He is just the kind of God. He loves us so much.

But, we must give Him a chance. Not for a week or a year but for a lifetime. If we don’t we’re the losers and so is He because He loves us so much He will lose the love He desired from us. Our place in the Kingdom will be empty because only we can fill that place. His is able to lead us to the special place just for us in the Kingdom but we have to follow Him with great fidelity and respect. He is able, not because we say so in words, but because in His own strength and power He is truly able to lead us out of our Armageddon into the Promised Land! The choice is ours. Do we really want Him at all costs, or do we want our own way and our own desires because without Him we are not going to make it no matter what the world says.

The world is not making it without Him despite how they act and what they say. They may appear to be very successful in terms of worldly success but that has nothing to do with real spiritual success. It doesn’t mean we should not try to be financially accountable and successful in the world, but it should not be our priority. The Lord should be our priority. As we lean on Him and do what He has called us to do we will be both spiritually and carnally successful.

If we are not successful we have to look to the Lord to show us why, so we can turn it over to Him to change with the understanding we can’t change ourselves only He can. Our relationship with Him is based on a mutual trust. We trust Him to change us, He trusts us to remain faithful and true to Him. This cycle of success breeds more success until we begin to see one victory after another in our life.

Then, this cycle of success breeds a lifestyle of success until we are truly more than conquerors through Christ Jesus and can now lead others into this right kind of lifestyle in Him. This is true success! What more can you ask except to know you are in harmony with your Lord and Savior and the world around you. There can be no greater satisfaction than this. That we have helped others toward the right kind of life that will bring them health and freedom to be themselves and in turn love those around them. A world set free from sin and death there can be no better victory!

Imagine a world walking in the victory Jesus Christ provides. People free from emotional upheavals, depression, despair and grief. People genuinely happy to see each other and love one another helping one another when needed. Open to the Commandments God has given them to follow. Doing it out of the gladness of their yielded hearts. Doing the will of the Father with all of their soul and very being. Avoiding backbiting, gossip, slander, evil speaking and all other forms of nasty qualities such as envy, jealousy, cowardice, selfishness, anger, rage, strife, rejection, pride, arrogance and many other such evil behavior. All of it is not of Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith and we need to take all of our faults, flaws and problems to Him and He will give the power to overcome because He is able.

How often we have come across carnal Christians who have not given their sinful nature over to God and witnessed the devastating  results in churches and para-organizations world over. We need Jesus. We need the Spirit of Jesus in Christians today. We need to get on our knees and stop looking to our neighbor. Yes, they have their problems but so do you. Look not on the speck in your brother’s eye before you care for the beam in your own eye.

Take care of that beam first then gently remove the speck in you brother’s eye. Gently, beloved! Not roughly, cruelly or without regard for the destruction of your manner. Love is the rule. We all respond to love even when we don’t appear to. We all need it. We’d rather scrape and fight for it than admit we need it, so we scrape and fight and wonder why no one loves us.

It’s because we are going about it the wrong way. If we knew we were loved unconditionally we would yield if we’re smart. If that is our true goal? If not, even our wrong motives will be revealed and we will be exposed to God and man. No one gets away with their behavior and wrong motivations!

God is no fool. He knows us intimately. He loves us purely. He defends His own when they surrender and become humble before Him and others. He is the greatest forgiver on this entire planet. No one escapes His piercing glaze. It is we who must swallow our pride and admit we are wrong! Ouch! That hurts! Wrong! Ouch!

But once the thorns are removed what sweet relief. It’s even better if we can walk with Him in personal fellowship and watch Him guide us through life with the wisdom from above. Those who chose to follow us can do so. Those who chose not to, are equally free. But, I know from personal experience that only those who humble themselves and yield to the Heaven Father are the truly successful on this planet. The Lord marks a man’s success by the purity and motives of His heart and He alone knows what’s in the human heart!  His word is unchanging:

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.   For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:11-15
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EMBRACE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. – John 16:7

The Greek word translated “expedient” means “to be an advantage; profitable.”

How could any situation be more advantageous or profitable than having Jesus physically with you?

When Jesus walked on this earth in His physical body, He was subject to many physical limitations. For instance, He could not always be with every one of His disciples all the time. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, He could. Instead of Satan getting rid of Jesus, 120 “little Christs” (that is literally what the word “Christian” means) came out of the upper room on the day of Pentecost.

Jesus taught His disciples as no teacher ever had, yet they had very little understanding because they were not born again. However, when the Holy Spirit came, He lead them into all truth and even showed them things to come.

The list of advantages of having the Holy Spirit in us as compared to having Jesus with us in His physical body, goes on and on. The advantages can all be summed up in that Jesus’ power is now complete (Mt. 28:18) and no longer confined to one physical body.

There is no such thing as victorious Christian living without a moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day dependence upon the Spirit of God. Not only is the Christian life hard to live but it is impossible to live without the power of God Himself.

THE LIFE OF JESUS IS IN YOU

John 10:10 – …I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Though Jesus is completely God, He was born completely human. He went through temptation after temptation and conquered every one of them. (Hebrews 4:15) And all that overcoming power is found in His life. And He put that life in you—the life of Christ is in you!

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He conquered sickness, the winds and waves, the powers of darkness and death. It is His life that brings victory over the devil and all his works. And He put that life in you—the life of Christ is in you!

Finally, Jesus went to the cross. And that life in Him put an end to everything that was natural of the Adamic race—sickness, poverty, failures, pains, curses and death. All that was natural ceased to be in that life of His. But all that was supernatural remained in Him. And He put that life in you—the life of Christ is in you!

Then, Jesus rose from the dead. And in that life of His was added the power of resurrection. And He put that life in you—the life of Christ is in you!

After His resurrection, Jesus went back to heaven to His Father. Today, He is seated at the right hand of God, resting in His finished work, occupying a place of the highest authority. And He put that life in you—the life of Christ is in you!

And because Jesus went back to the Father, the Holy Spirit came to indwell you (John 16:7), so that you will live life with His anointing in you and walk in His overcoming power.

All that Jesus is, God meant for you to be. All that He has, God meant for you to have. All the exciting things that you read in the Bible about Jesus, all the treasures of Him hidden in the Old Testament and the unsearchable riches in Him that you find in the New Testament, all of that life of His, is not out there somewhere. God has deposited all of it in you, so that you can live the abundant life that Jesus came to give you!

GOD’S FORGIVENESS, MERCY, AND GRACE (1)

…perfect love expels all fear… – 1 John 4:18

God cares about you too much to leave you in any doubt about His love. The Bible says His ‘perfect love expels all fear.’ If God loved us with an imperfect love, we’d have cause to worry. Human love is flawed; it keeps a checklist of our sins and shortcomings—and consults it often. God keeps no such list. His love casts out our fear because it casts out our guilt. John writes, ‘…if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart…’ (1 John 3:20 NKJV) When you feel unforgiven, question your feelings but don’t question God. Go back to His Word; it outranks self–criticism and self–doubt. Nothing fosters confidence like a clear grasp of God’s grace, and nothing fosters fear like ignorance of it. The fact is if you haven’t accepted God’s grace, you’re doomed to live in fear. No pill, pep talk, psychiatrist or earthly possession can put your mind at ease. Those things may help numb your fear, but they can’t eradicate it. Only God’s grace can do that. Have you accepted Christ’s forgiveness? If not, get down on your knees and do it now. The Bible says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us…and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ (1 John 1:9 NKJV) The place of confession is also the place of cleansing and restored confidence towards God. Your prayer can be as simple as this: ‘Lord, I admit I’ve turned away from You. Please forgive me. I place my soul in Your hands and my trust in Your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.’ Now, having received God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace—live like it!

YOU MISSED THE CHANCE

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. —1 Corinthians 13:2

I heard the saddest words today. Two believers in Christ were discussing an issue about which they had differing opinions. The older of the two seemed smug as he wielded Scripture like a weapon, chopping away at the things he saw as wrong in the other’s life. The younger man just seemed weary of the lecture, weary of the other person, and discouraged.

As the exchange drew to a close, the older man commented on the other’s apparent disinterest. “You used to be eager,” he started, and then abruptly quit. “I don’t know what it is you want.”

“You missed the chance to love me,” the young man said. “In all the time you’ve known me, what has seemed to matter most to you is pointing out what you think is wrong about me. What do I want? I want to see Jesus—in you and through you.”

Had this been said to me, I thought, I would have been devastated. In that moment I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me there had been people I had missed the chance to love. And I knew there were people who couldn’t see Jesus in me either.

The apostle Paul tells us that love must be the underlying motive in anything we do; in everything we do (1 Cor. 13:1-4). Let’s not miss the next chance to show love.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you today who it is you’ve missed the chance to love. Then ask Him to give you another opportunity. Start your conversation with these words: “I’m sorry . . .”

Love beats lectures every time.

ALWAYS KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE

‘…meditate on these things…and the God of peace will be with you.’ Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV

When you’re going through bad times, your goal should be to keep a good attitude. And with God’s help you can. Dr Viktor Frankl, a Nazi Holocaust camp survivor, said: ‘If a prisoner felt that he could no longer endure the realities of camp life, he found a way out in his mental life—an invaluable op-portunity to dwell in the spiritual domain, the one that the SS was unable to destroy. Spiritual life strengthened the prisoner, helped him to adapt, and thereby improved his chances of survival.’ Here is some practical advice on keeping a good attitude in bad times: (1) Always believe the best about others, but don’t get bent out of shape when they disappoint you. Nobody is perfect, including you. Just be grateful for the people that bring joy and endeavour to be counted among them. (2) When you are tempted to retaliate, judge or become impatient, say to yourself, ‘This is an opportunity for me to model a great attitude for the glory of God.’ You say, ‘But this person is driving me crazy.’ Then refuse to be a ‘passenger’ and go along with them. Take back the wheel, get into the driver’s seat of your life, and determine which direction you’ll go and what attitude you’ll have. The Bible says: ‘…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things…and the God of peace will be with you.’

EXPECT PERSECUTION …

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. – John 15:19

We should not think it is strange to be persecuted. “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). We can actually rejoice because we are being persecuted for Jesus’ sake, and the Lord will be with us in the midst of the persecution. When we stand before Him, there will be more than ample reward.

Persecution is a token that those persecuting you are under conviction. They realize that they are not living what your words or actions are advocating and in self defense, they attack you, who they perceive is the source of their conviction. If you understand this, it makes persecution much easier to take. They aren’t just mad at you; they are convicted. When the gospel is presented in the power of the Holy Spirit, there will always be either revival or riot, but not indifference.

In the midst of persecution, Satan will try to convince us that the strife is all our fault. If he succeeds, then we back down and the pressure is off his followers. However, Jesus suffered continual rejection and persecution, yet we know that the problem was not with Him, but with those who rejected Him.

Jesus makes it clear that persecution is an inevitable part of living a godly life, so that we will not fall prey to introspection and self-condemnation when rejection comes. If our sinless Savior was rejected, then certainly we will be too. Don’t feel guilty or condemned when persecution comes. The Word strips people of the disguises they have been hiding their sins behind, and the result is persecution.

POSITIONED FOR BLESSING …

How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…for there the Lord has commanded the blessing… – Psalm 133:1–3, KJV

God loves you so much. He longs to bless you in every area of your life. Deuteronomy says that He wants to bless you when you come in, and when you go out. He wants to bless you when you’re in the city, and bless you when you’re in the country. He wants to bless and prosper everything you set your hand to. When you are living in peace and unity with the people in your life, you are positioning yourself for God’s blessing. Living in unity doesn’t mean you always have to agree with everyone. It means that you look for common ground in Christ and refuse to allow strife to enter into your relationships.

Today, focus on the things that bring you together. Focus on your faith in God and dependence on His Word. Build one another up and watch how God will pour out His favor and blessing!

SET YOUR THOUGHTS …

Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. – Colossians 3:2

Faith is simply seeing what God sees. It’s choosing God’s way even when things look differently in the natural. When you set your thoughts on higher things, like today’s verse suggests, you are looking at life through your eyes of faith and seeing what God sees. For example, you may have a financial need today, but when you look higher, you see that God promises to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. You may have sickness in your body today, but when you look higher, you see that Jesus paid for your sickness and disease. You may feel lonely today, but when you look higher, you see that God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

As you meditate on God’s Word, you are setting your thoughts on higher things and setting your life in the direction of the good plan He has in store for you!

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VICTORY

THE SHADOW

The Answer to Every Problem

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

“Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. Luke 14:31-32

The American Heritage dictionary defines victory as:

Defeat of an enemy or opponent. 2. Success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle. 3. The state of having triumphed.

No matter what problem we are facing, be it our sins, the wrongs that we have done, the injustices of others, and the things that we have not done, victory is found in surrendering to the Holy Spirit totally and completely and letting Him work unhindered, unrestricted and unlimited in our hearts and lives. For Jesus said something that is still true today:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. John 14:15-19

Surrender to the same Holy Spirit that was on Jesus and about whom was said of Him and others:

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. Isaiah 11:1-5

But it all starts with the first step of recognizing we have a problem that we cannot solve nor deal with and recognizing who is the solution and the answer to the problem – Not us but the Holy Spirit! It requires an act just like another son did, a son who journeyed to a far country, and wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all he began to be in want. So he worked fields feeding swine and wanted what they had. But God’s word states:

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, “and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ‘ “And he arose and came to his father.

But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. Luke 15:17-24

The answer was simple, he came to himself and recognized his problem. He took action and went to his father and stated he had sinned against heaven and in his sight and was no longer worthy to be called his son. He humbled himself and asked forgiveness and was ready to face the music.

What did he get for his deeds? Compassion and a feast and they began to be merry. Well our Heavenly Father is more than willing to forgive those who admit their sins, turn from them and ask for his forgiveness and for the best that heaven has to offer them.

The problem is that the enemy has deceived and blinded God’s people of  how good God is to those of humble and contrite hearts. To those who say “I have sinned and failed you but with your help and power I am willing to change and make amends.” To such as these, heaven is wide open with blessings and riches of God Himself that men have not ever seen yet.

Otherwise those who take their sins and deeds lightly and continue in their way will find themselves facing a furious king who will destroy them and their kingdom. Just like King Saul was destroyed. It might take some time but it will happen.

It’s our choice we can return back to our Heavenly Father and that wonderful Holy Spirit who alone can do all the things that we cannot do or face the music? For this is the beginning of sorrows for those who have too long pretended to be God’s good shepherds. This is the beginning of the exposure of these evil men. God is here in our midst, He will move on our behalf in a spectacular way. We can not imagine what He has in store for us if we surrender. The Healing and Victory He has in store for us is only the beginning. We have to cling to Him as we would to our mother’s side when we were children. He is the breath of our life. He is the healing breath of our soul. He is the healing change of our spirit.

Our road and walk with Him can be full of His blessings and healing and changes. It can be truly marvelous and spectacular. Then our good fortune will be the envy of others. But few will desire it because they don’t understand what it is to pay the price for it all. But nevertheless it’s our choices that determine the resulting consequences.

God is setting His people free. He is delivering them from the bondage of wicked, corrupt men. He is moving, moving, moving. He is the great Whirlwind and He is changing the very fabric of the social landscape around them. He is changing it and placing Him mark upon it. It will never be the same again. It is changing right before their very eyes. For change comes with His Presence. God’s true ones can watch and witness His great changing Power on the land around them! It is marvelous to behold. The Nation will never be the same again. All will see His great change upon the land and the people! This is only the beginning!  For God’s word is unchanging:

‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts.  ‘For the seed shall be prosperous,  The vine shall give its fruit,  The ground shall give her increase, And the heavens shall give their dew- I will cause the remnant of this people  To possess all these.

And it shall come to pass  That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel,  So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.  Do not fear,  Let your hands be strong.’ Zechariah 8:11-13

“Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”  Luke 18:6-8

God desires and wills that His children have  total and complete victory in all the battles of life and be more than conquerors and overcomers. He doesn’t want them to just get by but to live in victory and prosperity and abundance. His wants to fight for them and to triumph gloriously on their behalf against all their enemies. His word is unchanging:

Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, To my cause, my God and my Lord.  Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness;  And let them not rejoice over me. Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!”  Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”  Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion  Who rejoice at my hurt;  Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor  Who exalt themselves against me. Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause;  And let them say continually,  “Let the LORD be magnified,  Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long. Psalm 35:23-28

God’s seasons are not at the command of mortal men.  Just because at the first stroke of the flint does not bring forth the fire, doesn’t mean there will not be a fire?  God’s delays are not His denials. For His trusting true ones God always hears their prayers and will answer them in due season. Hence they have need of perseverance and endurance for the miracle answer will come from the God of miracles. They need not fear but are to let their hands be strong for God will save them and they shall be a blessing. As God’s power and resources are unlimited and not dependent on their limited power and resources. His word is unchanging:

And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;  ‘for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  “and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?

“I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Luke 11:5-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:3-10

We should hang on to FAITH, regardless of the circumstance. Our Lord owns everything.  There is not anything that is not His. If Jesus did not defeat Satan what good came of His dying? We are to pray and say:

Oh Holy God, we lift up the Words You have given Your Prophet. We hold on to our Faith regardless of circumstances. Oh Jesus, it is You that walks with us everyday. It is You that gives us the power to say to the mountain, be gone in the Name of Jesus. You, Jesus, are the Good Shepherd. You tend to Your sheep. You pick us up and brush us off. You hold us gently in Your arms. Help us to remember Your love. Help us to know that before we were born, all of our needs had been met through Your Bloodstained Cross. We thank You for everything You have done for us.

Father God in the mighty name of Jesus we ask that you to open the windows of Heaven on our family and pour out a blessing that they can not contain as it is written. We rebuke the devourer in this family, and command the devil to give back what he has stolen from their finances, wealth and heath in Jesus name.

Yes, God has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness according to His divine power.  As we meditate in the Word, faith comes.  God’s power arises to do exceeding abundantly more than we can ask or think.  It is faith in the heart that works!  As we dwell upon and talk God’ Word and see our need met by God’s solution, the power within us becomes activated.  When that power is released in words, “We have those things which we say.”

Yes, God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to us in abundance so that we may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need, be self-sufficient, possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation. For God’s word is unchanging:

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

When Moses stretched out his hand over the Red Sea and the Lord commanded the waters to divide so that the children of Israel could cross over to safety, no one had ever witnessed anything like it. God did a new thing in the eyes of His children.  He fulfilled His word:

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.  The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. Isaiah 43: 19-21

Yes, God can make a way where there is no way, He’s a WAYMAKER!!! We serve a miraculous God that is able to create a new thing to meet our need. He sees what we are going through and He wants to help us. He is a God that promises He will take care of us. “He’ll meet our every need,” not only in our finances, but in all areas of our life. But to make sure our prayers aren’t hindered, we must go before the Lord, repent of any sin and release anyone we are holding unforgiveness towards.  Through our faith in God’s Word we will see our every need and desire met! For God’s word is unchanging:

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-20

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THE HIGH HILLS

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ONLY JOSHUA AND CALEB WENT INTO THE PROMISED LAND

God gives His many promises to all His people but they are not automatic nor are they accepted by all His people as seen with Joshua and Caleb who believed God while the majority did not!

Numbers 13: Spies Sent into Canaan
25    At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.
26    And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
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.”

Numbers 14: The People Rebel
1    Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
2    And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3    Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
4    And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5    Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel.
6    And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes
7    and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.
8    If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
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.”
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.”

God Promises Judgment
20    Then the LORD said, “I have pardoned, according to your word.
21    But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD,
22    none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,
23    shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it.
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.

32    But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness.
33    And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness.
34    According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’
35    I, the LORD, have spoken. Surely this will I do to all this wicked congregation who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.”
36    And 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.
38    Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.

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