Friday, 13th March, 2020
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30 NKJV)
Numbers 13 tells the story of how God, instructing Moses to send a man out of every tribe to spy out the land of Canaan. These twelve men were to infiltrate Canaan and report back to Moses. However, when they returned to the camp with the feedback of their surveillance, they all confirmed the land of Canaan to be a magnificent country—a land flowing with milk and honey—and even presented some of its fruit as proof. But quite sadly, ten out of the twelve spies bewailed their weakness, and how the inhabitants of Canaan were fierce, and how huge and well fortified their cities were. Worse yet, they lamented how fear gripped their hearts on sighting the descendants of the giant, Anak in the land. Read their distressing report in Numbers 13:31, 33. This news of gloom of how the land devours its inhabitants aroused discouragements in the hearts of the Israelites. But two of these spies— Caleb and Joshua—spoke differently. They saw victories and possibilities; therefore, they interrupted the people saying, “…Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30). They further charged the assembly, “Just don’t rebel against GOD! And don’t be afraid of those people. Why, we’ll have them for lunch! They have no protection and GOD is on our side. Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:9 MSG). Never be intimidated by your detractors and adversaries. If you’re a business person for example, don’t wallow in deep thoughts about how influential your competitors are or get intimidated by the high-rise conglomerates close to you. Don’t become unsettled at the many bluechip multinationals you have to contend with. You’re the seed of Abraham; therefore, you have the advantage. See and talk differently. See through the eyes of the Spirit. See through the Word. Irrespective of the daunting challenges that may stare you in the face, see your victory, success, your triumphs and your advancements. Praise God! PRAYER "I see victories and possibilities only; I’m bold and courageous. I win, irrespective of the challenges and circumstances that I face; they’re “bread” for me. As I set my gaze on God’s unfailing and eternal Word, I walk continually in victory, health, success, prosperity and righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
FURTHER STUDY: Numbers 13:25-30; 2 Corinthians 4:18 AMPC 1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 15:21-47 ; Numbers 34-36
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Acts 27:9-20 ; Psalm 74