These next few weeks I will be taking part in IF: Equips bible study on Joshua and will be writing my thoughts and applications.
God has allowed me to bring IF: Gathering to my place and my people. What I thought would be a small gathering is now a gathering of 120 women and more registering every day and the entire ordeal humbles me, because I, along with my team, we get to be a part of something that is so much bigger than us. We get to bring IF: Gathering to our people and we have no idea the impact that our small yes’s will make in those who are gathering with us who have also said yes.
During the gathering we will be discussing Joshua and for the next few weeks we will be readying our hearts for IF: and looking at a man who believed. You can join us at IF: Equip for the daily readings and equipping.
Joshua, son of Nun, who went into the promise land and was ready to take what God had promised them, but had to wait. Yes, he had to wait 40 years until the unbelieving generation died before he could enter the promise land. He and Caleb believed, but the others…those who were free from slavery, those who saw the waters of the red sea part so they could walk across on dry land. Those who were led through the desert by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. Those who saw a spring of water come from a rock…they did not believe. They did not believe that the God who brought them out of slavery and the God of their forefathers would do what He promised to do. They did not believe even though they saw with their own eyes the miracles and power of God.
And I wonder…how many of us live in disbelief? How many of us are wandering in the desert? How many of us are not free to believe like Joshua and Caleb because our hearts are still in Egypt? How many of us are not free to believe because we lose sight of the promises and focus on the giants?
When Moses sent the 12 spies into the promise land, he said to them, “Go up into the hill country and see what the land is like…” Numbers 13:18. They return with a cluster of fruit of the land that had to be carried between them on poles and they say, “It is indeed a bountiful country–a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there…” Numbers 13: 27-28.
How many of us are set free and given the promises of His word. Promises that are rightfully ours as sons and daughters of the most high God.
We look at all He has promised us and it’s amazing.
But then we see the walls that surround us.
Then we see the strongholds that we have to battle.
Then we see the giants.
We see the giant of debt. The giant of fear. The giant that says this will never be; you don’t deserve this; you aren’t good enough; what if you fall on your face; what if you mess up.
We are so overwhelmed by the giants we see around us that we miss the glory of God in front of us.
We don’t see the beauty of what He has already given us.
Moses says to go and survey the land. To look at it, really look. To go in and get in deep; to find out about it. To see it.
Moses didn’t send in the spies to simply look and find out, Moses sent the 12 spies to dream, to envision, and to imagine the glory of all that God was going to do.
But instead we walk in and we don’t see the beauty of the pomegranates and grapes and the land flowing with milk and honey; we don’t see all that He has done over and over again. We don’t see where we came from to get to this place. We don’t see the God that gave us manna from the heavens every morning. We don’t see how far we have come for the promise land. Instead, we crawl into ourselves and we get scared.
All we see is fear and insecurities and weakness. We become little grasshoppers crawling around. And perhaps, within ourselves we are grasshoppers. In our own strength we are tired and weak, we are fearful and we are merely, just dust. BUT God.
When the creator of the universe who put the stars in their places and who spoke light into the darkness is in our midst, we Believe that we are more than conquerors, that we are redeemed and that we have the power to move mountains. We aren’t alone in the wilderness and we aren’t alone in the promise land. We have the God of all creation on our side and when He says to take up the land that I have given you, He hasn’t called you to look at it and formulate a plan and figure out how we’re going to do this! NO! He’s already got the plan, he’s already figured it out. He doesn’t need you to tell Him how to take the promises!
All He wants you to do is dream and wonder ‘What can my God do?”
“IF God is real, what can he do with the dreams that He has given me. What are all the possibilities that my God can give me?
I am not a grasshopper.
I can stand among kings and I am blessed and I walk in favor.
When I walk into the promise land, I don’t see the giants; I see all that God has done, past, present and future.