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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 4, 2013 - Are There Giants in Your Land?

By Patty Kennedy

During my recent study and prayer time, I have been meditating on Caleb in Numbers 13 and 14. You may remember the story: God tells the Israelites they are to possess the land of Canaan. He commands Moses to "send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites" (Numbers 13:1, NIV).

Moses selects 12 men who are commissioned to "see what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak," among other things (v. 18).

The 12 men go to spy out the land, and after 40 days return to report to Moses. They agree the land is flowing with milk and honey as God had promised, but then fear kicks in, and 10 of the spies tell Moses "the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there" (v. 28).

Apparently the descendants of Anak were gigantic, and the Israelites seemed like grasshoppers in comparison (v. 33). In the midst of the protests, Caleb steps up boldly and says, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it" (v. 30).

Despite Caleb's faith-filled proclamation, all the wailing begins about how these giants will devour the children of Israel and there's no way they can take the land. God's judgment quickly ensues. He says the only men who will see the Promised Land are Joshua and Caleb, "because he has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly" (14:24).

Instead of possessing the land and beginning to enjoy its fruit, the Israelites were plunged into 40 years of wilderness wandering. All because they took their eyes off of God when circumstances loomed a little too large for their comfort.

Has this ever happened to you? Has God ever spoken to you about something specific He wanted you to do? You were excited about it at first, and you could see the way ahead, but then a hurdle showed up in the road and blocked your vision.

Though you knew you were following God, you couldn't seem to see beyond that hurdle. Frustration and fear got the best of you, and you may have even determined it wasn't really God speaking to you after all. Have you been there?

When you begin to seriously take God at His Word, I can guarantee hurdles in the road and giants in the land. Satan has no reason to mess with you if you are a nominal Christian who does nothing to threaten him. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit of the living God, and you offer your body as a living sacrifice to Him on a daily basis, Satan gets ouchy. Prayer makes him particularly nervous.

Samuel Chadwick observed: "Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray."

This is why we are told to "be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12). It is why James encourages us to count it all joy when we meet trials, because the testing of our faith will produce the perseverance it takes for us to be "mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:3,4).

Our lives are not supposed to be easy. But if we keep our focus on God, rather than being deterred by the giants in the land, we will reap a harvest of joy and blessing we cannot even imagine.

If giants are haunting you right now, I pray you will be able to see beyond them. Isaiah 45:22 says, "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other."

Turn to God with "Caleb" faith today, and ask Him to give you a fresh revelation of himself.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where husband John serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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