Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be Confident in God’s Strength in You

“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’” (Numbers 13:30 NIV)

I believe God has destined for every Christ follower to live a life marked by his presence, power and provision. But do we desire to live in alignment with what he has for us? I find myself liking my ideas but deep down desiring what HE wants and therein lies the battle. Do we believe God desires for us to walk in His plan? He wants you to be confident in the truth that, through him, all things are possible. Fact: our focus will determine our behavior and it will influence our faith. 

When the Israelites first approached the borders of Canaan, Moses sent scouts into the Promised Land to assess the situation. Ten of the scouts came back with reports that focused on the giants in the land, men so big and powerful the scouts feared they could not be defeated.

However, two of the scouts remained focused on the promise from God that he would hand the land over to the Israelites. One of those scouts, Caleb, silenced the others when he said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30 NIV). Do we have a Caleb in our lives that speaks life not defeat in the face of defeat? We must speak the word of faith. There are times we must hear positive to avoid being swept into the eye of a tornado of fear and doubt that will launch us into chaos.

Caleb was focused on the magnitude of God, not the magnitude of any giant challenges ahead. Today we may see many giants that challenge our faith — giants of time, energy, finance, resources, sickness, health issues, fear and faithlessness, but be confident—God is already there!

God wants you to be confident that he’s pouring his strength into you so you can do whatever it takes to defeat these giants. God says you can take possession of the life he has declared for you because he is with you.

By seeing his hand sweep away the personal giants in your life, you’ll be even more confident that you can do all things through him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

God can create something from nothing. God loves his creation and desires to bless. God spoke the world into existence, and he spoke you into your mother’s womb. Even now, he can speak into the chaos of your life to bring it shape and form. He can take a heart that is broken, impure, or failed and turn it into a heart that is whole, pure, and purposeful. God wants to see you pure, so he takes an active role in creating your new heart and bringing order to the chaos of your life.

Your job is to submit to his sovereignty, humble yourself before him, and ask for his help.

Lord, speak a Genesis moment into our hearts and into the circumstances of our lives. We acknowledge “everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 MSG).

Renew in us a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10), no longer chaotic or controlled by events, circumstances, or feelings. Give us lives shaped by you and by your Spirit flowing through us.