And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Num. 13:17-19, 30-33)
Though Caleb and Joshua saw the land as favorable and with the help of God already to be possessed, the rest of those who had spied out the land opposed their report and with faithless hearts and fearful minds reported the giants and strength of the people of the land as insurmountable. The ten spies did not see the land as God had said it was but saw their own strength as small compared to the giants of the land and the walled cities. Though they had been sent to gather facts and inspect the land they interpreted their ability to conquer the land colored by their presuppositions and lack of faith when they made their report. Caleb and Joshua had faith in God and knew that He was their strength and the source of their victory so believed that the land was already theirs.
God’s people are to take God’s Word on faith. Not a blind faith or a wishful hope which is baseless and without foundation but a firmly grounded faith built upon the solid Truth of that which He has already revealed. God has given us everything we need to accomplish His mission for His people in His Word as we go forth and reach the lost, teach all nations, and preach His Word. The giants of despair and strong holds in our lives are already overcome by His power and must be made captive and obedient to His Word as we think His thoughts with renewed minds taking heed according to His Word. Our battle is not with the weapons of this world but is mighty through God, the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, a living and powerful Word which will not falter nor fade away. Its inspired, infallible, inerrant Truth is profitable unto God’s Spirit filled people for Doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for Instruction in righteousness. God’s people who study to shew themselves approved unto God are equipped for battle by its Precepts and are able to conquer the temptations and struggles of life by hiding its Words in their heart and living its Statutes and Commandments, rightly divided and properly applied by the living God who dwells within.
God has sent those of us that know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our GOD has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of GOD so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of GOD might have life in His Name.
GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.