Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Numbers 13:30)
I confess there are times when God gives me a revelation, that after the initial excitement wears off and reality settles in, what once encouraged me in my walk becomes a source of distress. The initial faith I experienced turns to doubt and resentment because my situation seems to overwhelmingly contradict God’s promise. With the passage of time, I begin to question the promise and doubt, and yes even resent God.
It’s during times of doubt and uncertainty that you must allow faith to be the bridge that connects your present reality to promise fulfillment. I admit it’s hard for me to believe God when my situation tries to consume me as it overshadows my promise. How do you keep from breaking down before you get your breakthrough? Divine promise demands that you acknowledge your present reality, but trust God to carry you through the process. Trust in God calls for active faith.
Active faith involves action on your part. It’s when you step out of the boat of your comfort zone and pursue what looks like an impossible dream, in spite of your fears, inability, inadequacies, insecurity, lack of support and/or resources. Interestingly, I find it’s when I’m on the verge of quitting that God lures me with snippets of revelation to renew my thirst for the promise. And when I finally get in sync with God’s plan, It bubbles to the surface and rears its ugly head.
In the Book of Numbers chapter 13, ten of the twelves spies sent to spy out the Promised Land suffered a fatal faith failure. But let’s shift our focus to Brother Caleb. Caleb was just as doubtful as the ten spies that brought back a negative report (Numbers 13:26-33). Somewhere between the mountaintop experience of revelation and the valley of process, Caleb lost hope. But I believe Caleb made a conscious decision while surrounded by negativity to push past his fears and grasp hold of the God of the promise. In other words, he didn’t let It overcome him.
It is the internal struggles that obstruct spiritual growth and counteracts active faith.
The right attitude and proper thinking serve as catalysts for release from your wilderness and ushers you through process and into promise.
In Numbers 13: 30 Caleb tells the Israelites, “Let us go up at once, and possess It; for we are well able to overcome It.” It wasn’t the inhabitants of Canaan the Israelites had to overcome. The problem was their self-perception and internal issues.
What is the It that hinders your faith in God? You must acknowledge and confront It in order to walk in purpose and destiny. Overcoming It means you exercise active faith no matter how you feel or what you think. Follow God’s instructions and trust Him to work out the details. Giants are weaved into the fabric of your destiny not to scare you off, but to propel you to God, the source of your power for overcoming It. Caleb realized no matter how daunting his It was, it couldn’t stop His God. He responded with words of faith and spoke life and victory into his situation. Caleb lived to enjoy the promise.
It was never God’s intent for the Israelites to possess the Promised Land in their own strength. Just as the Word God spoke to the Israelites empowered them for the process, the same holds true for you. You’ve been created to win. Like Caleb, you’ve got to shake off that draw-back spirit and step out from the rest of the pack. Be of good courage and keep reminding yourself, “I’m well able to overcome It.” The promise God made you is His reality for your life. I challenge you to walk out the process God has already worked out for you. Remember you are well able!
Walking in promise with you. Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson