Thursday, 18 October 2012

Don't be afraid of the giants

How quickly we forget the promises and the victories in the Lord, the testimonies that we have testified too in the past when we come up against a new ‘giant’ that we have not encountered before.  In Deuteronony chapter one this morning I am reminded of the promises of God, of his provision, that he goes before us and will show us the way to go through.   Chapter one is of the spies being sent out to spy out the land and how only two came back saying we can take this land, and all the others became fearful.  

How easily we become fearful especially when we look at our own strength and our own capabilities but the Lord would say this morning, "Trust in me, I am leading the way and you will be victorious, yes, you can’t do it, but I can."

I believe we can take this land of New Zealand for the Lord because this is where I have set my feet (for now)  Deut 1: 36  “I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”
When you follow the Lord and believe him, we will have the victory in whatever area we need to see victory in.  We will take that land, whatever land that might be for you, whether its seeing change in our children, whether it’s seeing a breakthrough in a broken relationship, whether it’s a breakthrough in habits for instance smoking, whether it's taking a nation for Christ.

But I believe the encouragement this morning is that whatever giant we may be facing in our lives, we will see the victory if we continue to trust in him and follow the Lord wholeheartedly.  You might be struggling in an area in your life that you just get the breakthrough in, but don’t give up because you will see it.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and let him open the way through your situation.

I have seen how God has gone before us in other things, and he leads the way and clears the path like the parting of the Red Sea with Moses where there was no way forward but the Lord made the way.
But when obstacles come up and things don’t happen easily do we keep going?  I know for me it was a great encouragement reading chapter one this morning.
Verse 29  "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.  The Lord your God who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt (or in our cases, in Africa, in China, in my whole life).. …. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place”.  The Lord himself is carrying us!  He will continue to carry us until we reach the destination.  Thank you Jesus!