You’re sitting here discouraged, about to dismiss what could be made possible for you. You’re overwhelmed by the threat and you’ve forgotten the promise. Today, God has asked me to be the one who reminds you of his good plans for you. He’s asked me to be the one who tells you although it looks impossible, the way has already been made if you will follow it in faith. He’s asked me to encourage you in the face of this discouragement and help you see beyond your circumstances into his promises.
You have enough people giving you bad reports. You have all the sources in the world telling you how dreadful things are and how much worse things are projected to get. It’s no surprise, God always warned us of the coming times and the problems. But Sis, what you perhaps need to remember today is, maybe you were made for a time such as this. Just, just like Esther had to be reminded of her divine place and time in history, you have come to a place where you must dig deep and know YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS!
And make no mistake about it, you weren’t made to be part of the problem. You weren’t made to be part of the fearful, overwhelmed, desperate complainers. You were made to be different and do something different!
God always saw this coming. None of your seemingly surprising bad news has been a surprise to God. He always knew what was ahead and he aligned your path to bring you to this very place. You were literally made for this. God designed you with your destiny in mind, and today, this season of your life, this stage, this circumstance, this is all part of your destiny. But know this my sister, IT DOESN’T END HERE. You’re passing through this problem. You’re going through this hardship. But you’re not staying stuck here. You’re going through it, but you’re not destined to stay here.
God’s good plans for you reach beyond this. His promise over your life blankets today and stretches over all your tomorrows. You are completely covered. You are protected. You are guided. You are destined. And you are called to overcome this discouragement and step into all God is making possible for you.
Last Monday, in episode 1138, we talked about The Fear Report. The 10 spies who stepped into the Promised Land for 40 days, then returned to Moses to tell him how massive their enemies were and how impossible the task would be. Their fear spread through all the Israelites and it was decided their pursuit of what God had promised them would stop right there.
What has caused you to stop in your pursuit of what God has promised you? FEAR. Fear of failure. Fear of it being too hard. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of no one going with you.
Who told you it would be too hard? Who told you that you would never be good enough? Who told you this would never work? Who told you the timing isn’t right? Was that God … or was that a voice of fear? Fear shows up in well-intentioned people who love you, but they don’t want to see you struggle. Fear shows up in you as a natural means of self-protection and survival. Fear is natural, but the problem is the enemy works in fear to hold you back from the BIG life God has already aligned for you. I promise you this, God is not fearful over what can and cannot happen for you. He is absolutely certain of his promises over you, and his ability to make every last one of them possible. The only question is, will you believe what he says, or will you believe what fear says?
Dig deeper in this biblical story of the spies, and you will see there were 2 spies who gave a different report. Of the 12 sent, 10 came back with their fear report about the land of Canaan, but 2 came back with absolute certainty this was their land and it was time to take it. These 2 optimistic spies were Joshua and Caleb.
No doubt, they had seen what the other 10 spies had seen. For 40 days they had witnessed the same exact things as they hid out and watched the Canaanites. They too saw how big their people were. They saw how strong they were, how protected their cities were, and how powerful their army was. But they chose to focus on the promise of God.
God had promised this land to them. It was his gift to the Israelites. He had already given it to them, they simply had to walk in and take possession of it. But here’s the thing about possessing what God has promised you, it won’t always be easy. It won’t always look certain. It may require a battle, and it will most definitely require faith in the face of hardship and struggle. But it’s up to you to proceed.
Joshua and Caleb, the 2 spies with unleashed faith and confidence in God’s promise, speak to their people in Numbers 14: 7-9 saying, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
God was with them. God had given them this land. He had made a way, even though the others could not see the way. But, the Israelites listened to the 10 who operated from fear instead of the 2 operating by faith. It was their choice to make, and they chose not to go. How does that work out for them? Well, they forfeited the goodness God had aligned for them. They never stepped into their victory because they never picked up their fearful foot for the next step of faith.
I know the majority is speaking fear right now. I know the masses will tell you it’s going to be too hard, it’s going to take too long, and you’re never going to be able to do this. But God has asked me to go against the majority and speak directly to you this morning to say, “GOD IS WITH YOU, DO NOT BE AFRAID.”
Go back through your Bible and receive God’s promises over your life. Everything he has promised is still available to you, but honey, you’re going to have to step boldly into the battle to receive it. You can’t continue to seek the easiest, fastest way around this and still receive the bounty of gifts God has for you.
The bounty of provisions God had for the Israelites was in Canaan. They forfeited that bounty when they chose to operate out of fear instead of faith. As a result, just as God had declared, not a single one who operated out of this fear lived to see the day they would finally cross into their Promised Land. They were stuck wandering in the desert. Who made it out? Just Joshua and Caleb, the two who faced the reality and believed God was with them.
Don’t forfeit what God has already aligned for you. This isn’t going to be easy. You’re not going to see the way clearly. Everyone will not be on your side. But, weren’t you made for a time such as this? Hasn’t every single day of your life brought you precisely here? And don’t you believe that could be for a reason?
GOD IS WITH YOU. He is with you. Let that settle down deep in your soul and stir up some passion in you again. You have no idea what God has already declared victory over on your behalf … and you will never know if you just sit there in fear. Maybe you’ve forfeited some things in the past and you look back in regret. You know you shrunk in fear back then, but girl, don’t you do that again here!
God has asked me to give you a faith report today. Faith that knows impossible things are made possible with God. Faith that knows God chooses really unlikely people to do crazy awesome, powerful things through. Faith that knows every single thing in your past can now be used for something so ridiculously good in the hands of the Almighty. Faith that knows, that it knows, that it knows, that GOD IS WITH YOU and he has good things for you if you will proceed.
No more waiting for all the news to be good news. No more waiting for all the negative reports to turn positive. The 10 spies aren’t changing their report. They operate out of fear. You don’t have to be one of them, and you don’t have to follow them.
I’m here as 1 to tell you some unlikely good news that will seem unbelievable, but faith will require you to believe anyway. Who’s my other 1 willing to give that faith report to move forward? I won’t be left behind in God’s good plans. I’m made for a time such as this, and so are you!