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November 17, 2011

Silence Your Unbelief!

Brisk MorningGreetings, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday (I'm a day late this week), and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a comment, share a story or insight, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend! 

Now on to my topic...

In the book of Numbers we read the about how Moses sent out spies to scope out the land to see if it was time to take their next place of promise. Interestingly enough, Moses received two different reports from his men.

The first report went as follows (my paraphrase here): "Yes, the land looks abundantly wonderful, HOWEVER, there are obstacles to overcome; the people are strong and the walls are stronger. There is no way we'll ever be able to possess that land!"

The second report came from Joshua and Caleb (my paraphrase again): "Let's go at once and take this land! For we are well able to overcome and possess that which God has promised us! The land is great and our God is greater still!" 

The first group of spies rebutted these mighty faith-filled words with their doomed perspective of failure. This bad report was enough to initiate a spirit of unbelief amongst the troops. So much so, that the Israelites fell into murmuring, complaining, and even insubordination. The power of the spoken word is mind-boggling, no?

And what was the consequence of treasuring their fears more than the promises of the Living God? They were denied access to the Promised Land. Every one of them, save Joshua and Caleb, died in the wilderness. Unbelief robs us of our destiny in Christ. 

Jump ahead forty years. Joshua is an older, seasoned, and even braver warrior. He is leading the next generation of Israelites and preparing them to take the land their parents had forfeited by their own unbelief. It's interesting that this time God commanded the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho once a day, for six days - saying nothing. They were NOT to open their mouths! 

My study notes in my Bible have this to say about that precursor to victory: 

"The memory that Israel's 40-year punishment in the wilderness was a result of people's murmuring in unbelief was doubtless in Joshua's mind. At that time, the spies had returned with a report motivated by what man sees without Holy Spirit-given vision. Their unbelief...had sealed their fate in the wilderness." (NKJV - Spirit Filled Life Bible). But not this time!

Could it be that God called the next generation of Israelites to go forward without speech because of their parents' sin of constant and continuous grumbling? Fortunately, this story ends with a victorious shout! On the seventh day the Israelites marched around Jericho seven times and gave a mighty shout. And the walls came tumbling down!

Are you marching into new territory? Are you glaring at your obstacles and recounting the harshness of your steps daily? It's time to silence your unbelief! Time to quit complaining! 

Let your gaze be fixed on Christ! Let your focus be zeroed in on the land God has promised you, not on the giants in the land. When you are in step with the Living Lord, anything is possible. The Israelites didn't even have to lift a sword to take down a massive fortification. And we serve the same God today.

Walk forward unafraid. In fact, walk forward with humble yet bold courage. Silence your unbelief and give words to your faith in Almighty God, who daily establishes His purposes for you!

~Until next week. 

 

 

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Good reminders. We're talking with our kids about "hope" this week for Advent, and yesterday's Jesse Tree ornament was Noah and the Ark. A great way to illustrate God giving someone "hope", in the same way we've been given Christ! :)

Dear Pennie,

Thanks for your post; it encouraged one of our other visitors. It's something how a story of breakthrough stirs up faith for another weary soul. Thanks for sharing. And you are right, even amidst setbacks and disappointments, we are not without hope. You sound like a great friend to your friend. :) Bless you, my dear!

Sheila,

I love that Pennie's post encouraged you. May God put one story after another in front of you to strengthen and encourage your faith. May His Word be a mighty anchor for your soul. And may His promises ring truer than your circumstances. We serve a God of breakthroughs! Bless you, dear sister!

Rebecca,

So glad the post ministered to you. Hope you are well! May God continue to bless you with His passion and conviction. You are a dear sister in the Lord!

Mary,
So glad the post encouraged and strengthened you! You are far from alone. The hots of heave are on your side. And far greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. And since God is for you, who can dare stand against you? May God open your spirit-eyes to see and know that a cloud of witnesses surround you. :) Blessings to you, my dear sister!

Dear Sheri,

I'm so grateful to be on this journey with you! May God continue to do a mighty work in and through you. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts. You're a beautiful soul, my friend!

Dear Wick,

I love how you teach your kids God's Word! So few families are doing that nowadays. May their God-callings become abundantly clear in the days to come. May God's passions beat within their hearts. And may your God-dreams for them come true! Blessings to you!

Amen to that. Incidentally, my kids LOVE the story of Jericho falling....they march around the center of our house, and at the end release a mighty shout!! Thankfully, our mantle has not begun to crumble yet. :)

The Spirit is amazing - these two stories struck me a couple of weeks ago in my quiet time. And now through you, He has brought it back to remind me. God is amazing. Thank you for your faithfulness to listen to Him. You are indeed right, a spoken word is powerful!!

You have inspiried my heart and soul and have helped me focus on Him instead of walking alone. Bless you Susie ~

I read this every morning to remind me and strengthen me....
Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

A perfect word at a perfect time! Thank you and thank God for his faithfulness.

YOU ROCK SO MUCH SUSIE!!!

For those of us going through trials reminders of God's faithfulness and miracles are ALWAYS needed! And reminders to keep my mouth shut and be thankful instead of looking at the negative is needed equally. I would love to hear the story, Pennie, of the prodigal's return. Anyone out there, please share God's power.
Thank you, Susie, for another wonderful post.

What a wonderful word of encouragement, Susie! Your blog always hits me right where I need it! Thanks so much! I am going to pass this one along to a friend who is facing a BIG trial...a second prodigal child...just weeks after the first one came back to the Lord (praise God), the second fell...very disappointing, but not hopeless! This will surely be an encouragement to her! Thank you!

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