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.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. ” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which
they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as
spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants; and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:30-33)
Beautiful One, did you know that it's not what we face that determines our outcome, but how we see ourselves in it? Your perspective and how you see yourself in each struggle will determine whether you are able to take possession of the land, or whether you deny yourself access to the God given inheritance that awaits you.
If you have ever visited the Grand Canyon, you know it is an amazing sight. People from all over the world come to view this natural wonder. It is absolutely breathtaking. What I find so interesting about the Grand Canyon is that you never see the same thing twice. From the rising of the sun to when it sets, the different array of colors the sun casts upon this beautiful rock valley, always shows a different picture. No matter the time of day you will see a picture of beauty for your eyes to feast on.
Usually, when visiting the Grand Canyon you see it from an elevated view. You can stand at a look out point and look downward into the canyon, but if you hike down into the canyon, the view at the bottom is completely different from the one up top. It is still the same canyon but the position from where you view it determines your perception.
Beautiful One, from what position do you viewing the situations in your life? Are you at the bottom of the valley looking up or at the top looking down? It is so easy to view our struggles from a limited perspective. If our battles have gone on for an extended period of time we often get weary. We can lose our high perspective and start to look down. We no longer walk by faith but sight. We stop looking up and start looking around; sometimes viewing ourselves from an improper perspective. This perspective thrusts us head first on to the floor of the valley of discouragement and doubt.
Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of thousands that didn't lose their perspective. They were in a valley, but because they knew how big their God was, they viewed the giants in the land as grasshoppers. But, the crowd with them, forgot how big God was, and they looked at the giants and saw themselves as grasshoppers. Their vision was off. They forgot to step a part from their circumstance, they forgot to separate themselves from the temporary, and focus on the eternal. And because they did, they forfeited their God given destinies.
Let that not be said of us.
We need to view every circumstance in our lives through a panoramic lens. A panoramic lens is a birds eye view of our situation. We must never lose sight of the truth that we sit in heavenly places, high above all principalities and powers. We are seated with Christ. We are more than over comers. The battle may be long, the land might be in sight yet out of reach, but if we lose our focus on the One who is able, we will lose our right to inherit our destiny.
Beautiful One, there is a special land that God has reserved just for you. It is yours, not because you earned it, or because you do all the right things. It is yours by birthright. It was given to you the moment you accepted Jesus Christ within your heart. You are in the family of God, you are a joint heir with Christ, and all that belongs to him, now belongs to you. If we can really grab hold of the truth that we are royalty and that we are to set our affections on things that are above, a lot of the troubles that come our way will diminish because we will not breathe life and reality to them.
The truth is we are not of this world, but we are left in it. And we are left in it to be rulers and take dominion. Jesus has given all authority and power to us. Do we believe it? If we did, why then are we drowning in issues we should be backstroking on?
I have found that when I am dealing with a certain hardship repeatedly in my life, somewhere there is unbelief. If we look at what kept Israel out of the Promised Land, it was nothing more than unbelief. God is not looking for perfection, but he is looking for someone to believe him.
God makes sure to tell us that without faith, it is impossible to please him. Not without troubles, trials or sin, but without faith. Faith is what moves God, faith in what He can do, faith in who He is, not who we are. God is looking throughout the whole earth to find a loyal heart He can make strong. I am wondering, what is it that He sees when he looks at ours?
Beautiful One, we will struggle in many things, that's a given. However, we don't have to struggle unnecessarily. We have been given an all access pass to enter into the VIP lounge of Heaven and utilize all the authority of Heaven.
We are well able to take the land because God is for us, no matter how big your giant. God is God over any giant!!!
The next time you face a situation that looks impossible step back and separate yourself from it. Don't look at what is seen but rather, tap into the unseen, for what we see is temporary. Look through the lens of the eternal God. No matter what comes our way, we must not be like the crowd and cower in the desert because of unbelief. We may be the minority, but God plus one is the majority! Let us boldly declare we are well able and we will overcome!
Beautiful One, just believe and raise your sights to a birds eye view!