Archive for The Holy Spirit Series

“Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

 

The true story happened back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long distance communication, as a young man applied for a job as a Morse code operator.

 

Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist’s counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.

 

The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in.

 

Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn’t heard any summons yet. They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified.

 

Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”

 

The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don’t understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That’s not fair!”

 

The employer said, “I’m sorry, but all the time you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse code: If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.’ None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his.

 

Are your ears tuned in to The Voice Of The Holy Spirit? The Lord speaks through the Bible, The Holy Spirit and even to us through our circumstances, but are you listening to what He’s saying?

 

Many today have pre-determined in their minds what they want to hear, follow or ignore through the process of “selective hearing” when it comes to listening and obeying The Lord.

 

While recognizing His Voice is just the beginning, walking in obedience is what’s difficult and hinders many people.  In John 10:27 Jesus saidMy sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

 

Those willing to follow Christ  must yield themselves to his guidance, seek to be led and directed by Him as you tune in to The Voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

 

Is there anything that’s hindering you from hearing and obeying the voice of The Holy Spirit of God?  If so, then ask yourself, Is anything really worth missing God?”

 

 

“How Can I Know The Will Of God For My Life In This Situation?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Can I Know The Will Of God For My Life In This Situation?”

God is revealing everything to us by His Spirit.  The Lord wants to speak to your heart and begin to orchestrate the affairs in your life.

One of the many great advantages of walking in faith is that you will begin to see things you have never seen and believe things that you could not have believed or understood before.

1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT says, “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”

The enemy is counting on you to depend upon your natural reasoning.  He will bombard your thinking with negative thoughts, unbelief, and lies in the attempt to lure you to totally depend upon the thoughts generated from your psychic and trust your ego.  Carnal reasoning is based on, influenced and governed by one’s fleshly appetites, animalistic impulses and instincts, sensuality, personal feelings and ego.   To be earthly, fleshly or worldly minded is the normal, natural, worldly, earthly, logical and fleshly thing to do to the natural mind. The natural man operates solely under the influence of the senses.

While this is true of the unregenerate or unsaved person, it’s also a special warning to carnal believers. 

For how can you love the Lord with all your heart and still walk around with a confused, worried, and frustrated mind and be unable to walk in the victory God has ordained for your life?

To be spiritual minded or to be led by The Holy Spirit means that you are walking by faith, trusting Christ, standing on the promises of God and expecting God to keep His Word.

The Lord wants all believers to know and understand that the word “natural” stands in opposition to the word “spiritual.”  The enemy will often tell or convince believers that their not ready, when God is waiting upon them to step out in faith.

Studying the Word of God and walking in The Spirit will elevate you to a new plateau of understanding, so you may comprehend and grasp spiritual truths, fresh revelation and direction for your life.  God wants to take you from where you are to a new and higher level, so He can reveal new things to you that you have never seen before.

I have personally discovered that the hardest spots in life can birth or bring forth new revelation and fresh inspiration into one’s heart, thereby able to produce changes in your circumstances.

Is not The Holy Spirit the third person of The Godhead?  Doesn’t He know all things?  Can’t He give you the wisdom and direction that you need for this hour?

The Apostles were not given over to worldly principles or directed by their egos.   They depended upon The Spirit of God and were directed throughout all of their activities.  They spoke in plain simple language, were taught and directed by The Holy Spirit, and moved by faith.  They did not use enticing words, colorful oratory and scholarly philosophy.

They prayed!!!   They read and studied the scriptures!!!   They counted on The Lord!!!    And He directed their lives.

Shouldn’t it be the same for us today?  This then is the first step towards learning, knowing and walking in the will of God.

 

“What Does It Take To See Things More Clearly?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Does It Take To See Things More Clearly?”

Does it seem as if you are in a dark place or a dry season in your life?  Are you in need of a revelation from The Lord? Are you experiencing a moment of uncertainty on how to proceed from the place you are in?

God has something that He wants to reveal, but many cannot see or receive what He has for them because of their encounter, involvement and fellowship with people in darkness and the immersion into the things of this world.

Matthew 2:9 ESV says, “After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.”

The wise men had followed a special star from a distant land, but it had now ceased to be visible once they arrived to a place that was clouded by darkness.  Jerusalem was the metropolis of the nation, where the king kept his court.  So, in need of continual guidance, the wise men began to make inquiries.  Isn’t it strange that the king called on his biblical scholars to provide answers, but they showed no personal interests in finding and worshipping the new born king?

When they had heard the king, as he provided Bethlehem as the birth place of the infant Christ, he strictly charged them to search diligently and then return to him so he could come and pay respect to the new born prince, which they initially took in great sincerity.

Those in the world have their own agenda when it comes to Christ and spiritual truths.  While we are in this world, we are instructed not to be part of or consumed by the things of this world.  Believers are to impact and influence those in spiritual bondage to seek Christ and surrender to Him.

Not remaining baffled as they still remained eager and excited, they then proceeding onward and after their departure, what exceedingly great joy these wise men felt when they once again saw of the star.   For they had just endured a long night of temptation, demonic entrapment and satanic deception until they had departed the presence of the evil king and his cabinet of advisors.

We are clearly left with the implication that the star had disappeared in the interval and that you too will always see things and receive clearer direction when you come out from among those that love and walk in the spirit of darkness.

The reappearance of the star was a great confirmation of their faith from God to miraculously direct them to the very town pointed out in the Scriptures as the place of the birth of the Messiah. The star not only guided them to the city, but it did not leave them until it came and stood over the house where the young child was.

God will always guide, direct and bless those who are prepared and inclined to find and follow Christ. Even if for a time the light should be withdrawn, and we find ourselves in a dark place or season, it will again appear and direct us in the way of our Redeemer.

Just as our Heavenly Father brought these stewards from a far away country to bless the infant Jesus and supply the needs of Mary and Joseph, God knows how to touch, bless and direct your life as you step away from darkness and totally look to Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Sharing What Great Things God Has Done In Your Life?”

Today’s Daily devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Sharing What Great Things God Has Done In Your Life?”

The sharing of one’s personal testimony always will have a great impact upon the hearts and minds of listeners.  Relating your tribulations, testifying about His moving in your midst, and bearing witness of His delivering grace through Christ will never return void or fall to the ground.  Under the influence of The Holy Spirit, it will always result in a celebration.

So, no matter how difficult things may be appearing, there should be no room for “uncertainty” or complaining once you begin to recount God’s blessings and see how far you have come.

Such was the case with the Apostles Paul and Barnabas after they had returned from their two year first missionary journey.

Acts 14:27 NLT says, “Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.”

Despite all the dangerous experiences and demonic encounters, the power and the grace of God had produced many new converts and established new churches from them preaching the Gospel. 

They had dealt with sorcerers, the ignorance, idolatry and misery of the various citizens, but Christ had strengthened them to declare the message of the power of His resurrection and faith in His name.  They experienced great persecutions and suffering, including the stoning and death of the Apostle Paul, but miraculous signs and wonders were wrought by The Holy Spirit of God and they were strengthened to continue preaching.

Then after traveling through all the cities visited, while it still remained dangerous for them, for the sake of all the souls of the newly converted souls, they returned back to each of all these cities as they journeyed back to their place of origin.

Just like in our lives today, without God’s divine intervention and power, our experiences will always appear ineffective.  But, we too can know, just like Paul and Barnabas, God is faithful to His word and will perform great works as we testify of His goodness, attest to His saving grace and affirm the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

You are called to bear witness, for the best evidence that you can furnish is your changed life through Jesus Christ.  Will you speak up and allow your personal testimony to bear witness to the resurrection power of the Living Christ?

 

“What Does It Take For You To Really See God?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 “What Does It Take For You To Really See God?”

The dictionary defines the word “obstruction” as a barrier, impediment, object or even a person, that prevents, blocks or acts as a determent against you.  It also may be defined as a weight, burden, disadvantage or handicap that you permit to hinder you.

Such was the case, as we catch a glimpse of Isaiah’s call to ministry during a very tough historical time.

Isaiah 6:1 NIV says, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

The death of King Uzziah, who had been on the throne for fifty two years, marked the end of an era.  Though there was outward material prosperity, there was much corruption.  Urgent changes were needed to be made involving the arising international crisis with the invading Assyrian Empire, the corrupt political internal leadership of Judah, along with the wicked behavior of the people.

The lack of faithfulness and sin in the latter part of King Uzziah reign, assumed great significance in the heart of Isaiah. 

For after many years of loyal service before the Lord, pride entered the heart of King Uzziah, so upon his attempt to profane the office of the priests and burn incense in the Temple, he was immediately stricken with leprosy, upon which he was shut up in a separate house of seclusion, where he died.

Jerusalem had also just experienced an earthquake, which had so terrified them, that it left on his mind a vague sense of impending judgment.  So, upon Uzziah’s death, Isaiah began to “see the Lord” and God spoke and revealed Himself.

Often, there are “things” that are obstructions, blocking your view of the Lord.  They can be either positive or negative things that can be used as obstructions.

Some of the negative obstructions can be losses, disappointments, painful experiences, troubling times, financial hardships, family divisions, illness or any other type of damnable situations that are being used to by the enemy to prevent you from seeing The Lord.

Some of the earthly positive obstructions can be “good living or a care-free life,” the overwhelming demands or cares of your business or career, or your ever consuming efforts to gain wealth or other materialistic things.

Anything can become or be used as an “obstruction” by the enemy, to keep you from viewing, seeing, submitting, surrendering or committing yourself to Christ and being led by The Holy Spirit of God.

In the case of Isaiah, it was when the earthly king was dead that the Living, Heavenly King was revealed.  God appeared to the prophet in human form, and as a King, seated on a throne, raised over the Ark of the Covenant, surrounded by ministering angels, who were singing His praise as His Divine glory filled the whole Temple.

This amazing vision of God overwhelmed the Isaiah with a sense of his own depravity, bringing him to the place of complete surrender and submission.

Sometimes, as we go through life, God allows “things” to be removed or emptied from our lives that we may be filled with Himself.  Losses may come and go, but we shall be none the poorer as our eyes become fixed on Him.  He will more than fill any void or gap with His own glorious presence as we too behold Him.

Then we also shall see things more clearly, be strengthened to endure and walk in complete obedience to Him and His will.

 

“Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Early one Sunday morning, we were awakened by a rapid and hard knocking at our front door.  My neighbor’s wife was crying hysterically, her face was swollen and bleeding and her clothes were torn.  As my wife embraced her and brought her in, thinking about her two young sons and husband being in jeopardy, I quickly jumped into my shoes and prepared to rush over to their home to apprehend the burglar.

Suddenly, she screamed, “there’s no burglar, my husband did this to me again!”  I was now more shocked and overwhelmed because her husband was a “preacher.”

He was an evangelist and had been speaking at numerous churches throughout all the neighboring cities, and not only had visited my church on different occasions, but was even scheduled to preach that very same Sunday morning.

As we comforted her, he had no idea where she had gone or that she was in my home sharing the horrible details.  My wife kept her safely within our home after I left for church and within two hours he came to church as if nothing had happened.  But I had already prepared for him. 

I had him take a regular seat in the church and I preached that Sunday morning instead.  As church was ending, I privately told him to remain because I had something personal that I needed to share with him and then I asked one of my Deacons to also remain behind with me, as a witness to what I intended to do.

Once I was sure everyone was gone and had locked all the doors, I stood firmly two inches from in front of his face and began rebuking and shouting at him.  After I called him a deceiver and a coward (for any man that beats up on his wife is just that) I challenged him to strike me.  Again, I called him a coward and a profane deceiver and told him I knew he would not attempt to strike me because he only enjoyed beating up on little women.

As he stood there crying, he tried to repent to me. But, I told him that he needed to repent to his wife, to The Lord and to all the other pastors that had supported him.  I told him that unless he  would immediately do so, I was going to call them all up and tell them that he had been “uncovered’” and not to let him into their pulpits.

Within a couple more days, it was additionally revealed that he had been using prostitutes for sex throughout the inner city.  So his wife immediately filed for divorce and within two weeks he ended up in the intensive care of one of the major hospitals.  Not willing to repent, ask forgiveness or seek The Lord, he fell deeper into sin and his two young sons grew up into manhood without their father, but became outstanding men.

This world, which is filled with darkness, is looking for good role models, so are you living a life that’s worth following?

Romans 2: 21-22 NLT says, “Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?  You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery?  You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?”

How often have you heard someone say, “I would go to church, but there are too many hypocrites there.”  While this is often a mere excuse for many to keep from going to church, it is also a revelation that God is calling all believers to excel in character and conduct.  As partakers of His divine nature, all believers should arise and strive to live a victorious lifestyle that exemplifies a follower of Jesus Christ.

Again, are you living a life that’s worth following?

 

“Have You Ever Had A Dream But Never Acted On It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Ever Had A Dream But Never Acted On It?”

Have you ever had good intentions but never took the first step towards implementing them?  Before your dreams become lost and irretrievable, isn’t it time for you to be healed and spiritually refreshed so you can recapture your vision and find greater purpose and fulfilled joy?

Wherever you find yourself in life, there is always room for improvements.  And God is now calling you to go forward because He has something more for you. 

It doesn’t matter what you have achieved, accomplished or attained, there’s an exciting new challenge ahead for you with new victories to be won.  So you need to be pursuing the dream that God has placed within your heart.

In Deuteronomy 1: 6 & 8, God said to Moses and Israel, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough.  It is time to break camp and move on.  Go…  Look, I Am giving all this land to you.”

God spoke to Moses at Mt. Horeb and told him that the nation of Israel had stayed too long at that place and that it was time to arise and move forward.

For one year they sat at the foot of that mountain after their departure from Egypt.  Even though there they had received The Law, made The Tabernacle and they were all numbered and prepared for battle, they had grown used to where they were; perhaps even thinking it was their permanent home.   But God ordered them to move onward because God had something else greater and better in store for them:  “The Promised Land.”

Just like the Israelites, too many believers become accustomed to their daily routine or rut.   You have become too use to the place that The Lord only wanted you to pass through, but never to remain at.  He has something far greater, glorious, awesome and more exciting in store for you, so it’s now time to arise because you can’t get there unless you first leave where you are.

It’s time for you to arise and step out in faith and leave the place of certainty for uncertainty.  It’s time to launch out into the deep and leave your familiar place or comfort zone, for you have sat where you are too long.

Now Christ has given believers everything that we’ll ever need to face every new challenge and spiritual battle on this side of eternity.  All you need to do is to allow The Holy Spirit to direct your path, believe His Word, step out in faith, begin to do the things that you’ve envisioned, stop making excuses and never look back.

Remember, you’ll never achieve unless you fully believe.  And it’s God’s Will for you to go forward and possess new lands.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Going To Church But Returning Home The Same Way?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Going To Church But Returning Home The Same Way?”

Do you have questions that need real answers?  Are you in need of a fresh revelation from The Lord?    Are you praying but not seeing answers?  Do you want to see the power of God moving in your life?

Experiencing the grace and power of God is MUCH MORE than just routinely attending a religious service, sitting in a church pew, clapping your hands to the beat of the praise music or saying an occasional “Amen” as the pastor preaches.

The Word of God is The Power of God Through Christ Jesus.  The same Word that became flesh through the incarnation is very real today through His resurrection. And today, Jesus still saves, forgives, delivers, heals, provides for, comforts, enables and strengthens.  DO YOU KNOW AND BELIEVE HIM?

In Acts 8:26-40, we are given an amazing story in which The Holy Spirit goes into great detail to tell us about a man returning home unsatisfied about his religious experience and was still hungry for the truth.

Returning from the Jewish worship services in Jerusalem, he sat reading a scroll of Isaiah 53: 7-8, with a great desire to know more.  There was still a void in his heart as he left, but God went into action on the dusty road as he was on his way back home.

Philip, who was one of the original deacons selected to serve tables in the church, was now mightily being used by God to evangelize the region by preaching Jesus Christ.

Philip, who wasn’t told what to expect, was being divinely guided to go to a desert road as The Lord was supernaturally controlling the events.  So upon arrival, he found this Ethiopian Eunuch of great authority sitting in his chariot reading.

When Philip appeared, the Ethiopian Eunuch didn’t question Philip about who he was or where he’d come from.  He needed something else, ANSWERS!   Answers that only God could supply.

So a man of God, full of The Word of God, anointed with The Spirit of God was being used to preach Jesus Christ.

God had gone and still goes to great lengths for you to know and experience Him.  The only question that remains is “Are you willing to allow Christ to impact your life through His Word and Holy Spirit?”

In Acts 8:30-31 NASB, the Bible says, “Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Philip did more than just interpret this portion of scripture, HE PREACHED JESUS to this eunuch.  He didn’t offer any religious philosophy, church traditional views or new age doctrine.  HE PREACHED THE RESURRECTED AND ASCENDED JESUS CHRIST! 

God knows who you are, where you are and what you need most.  If you give Him all of yourself, He will give you all of Himself. 

“Is your heart hungry for Him?” What is it that you’re missing or lacking?   What do you need from The Lord?  What void do you have that needs to be filled? What emptiness are you experiencing that needs to be satisfied?  What do you need from The Living Christ?

Christ, through His Word and Holy Spirit, wants to move in your heart and life and orchestrate in your affairs.  Will you walk with Him and allow God to do something gracious and amazing that only He can do.

The Jews of that day believed that eunuchs were prohibited from coming into the assembly of God’s people because they were regarded as ritually impure according to Lev. 21: 20 and 22: 19-25.   But Isaiah had prophesied that one day eunuchs would be allowed into the assembly of God’s people in Isaiah 56: 3-5, and that prophecy was fulfilled here in Acts.

So when the eunuch saw there was water near, he asked Philip to baptize him and after making his confession to Christ, Philip didn’t hesitate to baptize him.

Finally, upon returning back to his chariot, he wasn’t troubled that Philip was snatched away by The Spirit of God and it didn’t seem to bother him.  For he now had come to experience the Risen Christ and kept on rejoicing as he went on his way back home.

 

“Are You Ready To Take The Elevator To The Top?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Take The Elevator To The Top?”

Are you aware that a great change of scenery is required through an elevation process in order for you to hear from God and experience changes in your life?

The other night, The Holy Spirit awakened me from my sleep at midnight as He spoke a prophetic word to my heart.   He said, “Tell my people to come up higher where they will see things differently and receive from Me.”

As I meditated on this word from The Lord, Revelation Chapter 4:1 immediately came to my attention and likened to an elevator in a high-rise office building.

Revelation 4: 1 NLT says, “Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”

The Apostle John had been exiled on the Isle of Patmos but instead of dying from his imprisonment, he continued to worship The Lord and would not allow the deplorable circumstances defeat him. 

Suddenly, The Apostle John received a vision of Christ and was directed to write seven letters to the seven churches.

Then, having seen the glorified Christ and having written the seven letters to the seven churches, John saw an open door into heaven and heard a voice summoning him up to a higher elevation in order for him to receive a special revelation.

Upon this elevation, John was permitted to look upon the throne of God and was given a complete view of things from the first to the last.  Then he was instructed to write, in order to bring encouragement to the persecuted church and to show unto the people of God, the things that “must be” as decreed by God.

Suddenly, in my revelation, all of this was “spiritually likened” to an elevator in a high-rise office building.

Have you ever realized that an elevator is completely full as people get on at the ground floor but the higher it rises, the thinner the elevator becomes?

There’s a sacrifice to make and a price to pay to go up higher. 

On the lower level, you’ll find the mail room.  But, if you want to be elevated, you’ll have to begin to do something that others usually don’t want to do to be promoted.

Exerted efforts, hard work, longer hours, education, and training, along with constant ridicule from those who want to remain on the ground floor, are a part of your experience as you advance upward to a higher level. 

On the top floor, the president and the senior executives meet to make corporate plans for the direction and financial success of the firm.

As you go higher, you’ll see things differently from being on the street level and position yourself to receive greater inspiration, revelation, instruction, wisdom and guidance from The Holy Spirit of God.

As you go higher, you’ll begin to see what others cannot see.  The things you’ll be called to do will be viewed as foolish, illogical and unpractical by those remaining on the ground floor.   God may even instruct you to do things that your very own intellect or flesh might question, but you’re constantly learning that obedience to Christ always results in the miraculous.

So, why is it that many won’t continue higher?   While everyone is called to come up higher, many are content and comfortable being on the ground floor or lower level, fearful of the changes in life-style, character and attitude that the higher elevation would bring. 

Then there are others who want to go higher but they don’t do anything to be elevated upwards and taken there.  They talk a good talk but won’t make the commitment and walk the walk to get there.

Christ is calling you to come up higher, are you ready to go?

 

“How to tell if you’re moved more by what you physically see or if you’re moved by Christ and The Power of God?”

The Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How to tell if you’re moved more by what you physically see or if you’re moved by Christ and The Power of God?”

A Sunday School Teacher walked her class out of the church building into the yard and suddenly pointed directly to the sun.  Then she said, “While the sun is about 108 times larger than the earth, you can block out your view of the sun with any small object in your hand by simply holding it up between you and your view of the sun.”

Just like in that illustration, you too will lose your perspective when you stare at the problem directly in front of your eyes and begin to lose sight of the greatness and glory of God.

Suddenly, you’ve just allowed your problem to blind you and convince you that it’s bigger and greater than The Lord.  Then fear will begin to creep in and rise up and you’ll begin to lose perspective.

Such was the case in the book of Numbers chapter 13.  Moses sent 12 men to search out and spy in the land of Canaan, then to return back with a report of what they saw.  At the end of 40 days, they returned bringing evidence of good fruit, but 10 of the spies brought forth a negative report and stirred up all of Israel with words of fear and unbelief.  Only Joshua and Caleb stood alongside of Moses by faith.

Numbers 13: 30-33  NIV says, “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’  But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’  And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.  They said, ‘The land we explored devours those living in it.  All the people we saw there are of great size.  We saw the giants, the descendants of Anak, which were from the giants, we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.’”

Because of Israel’s unbelief in The God who had divinely and mightily brought great deliverance and performed miracles in their lives, they ended up spending 40 years in that terrible wilderness, which originally would have only taken them 11 days to complete that journey if they would have continued in faith.

Now, what are the spiritual similarities or Christian lessons that we can learn from this particular experience?

If I could sum it all up in one singular sentence: “The Lord wants our lives to be governed by obedience in faith to His Word and to rely on the power of His Holy Spirit.”  We too must remember that unbelief offends and angers God.  So, don’t doubt in your heart and allow unbelief to shut you out from God’s greatest blessings.

Unbelief reduces, limits, or restricts your options only to what you physically see or intellectually sense.  Faith in God refuses to be held captive to all of those boundaries, barriers, and hindrances and always sees an open door or “a way out of no way” through Christ Jesus.

So, are you moved more by what you physically see or are you moved by Christ and The Power of God?   Can you see through or beyond your immediate difficult circumstances or are you being held prisoner by doubt and unbelief?

Placing your confidence in the Almighty, Invisible, Awesome, and Supernatural Resurrected and Living Christ will continue to renew and reinforce your faith in all the areas in front of you. 

So, don’t tell God how big your mountain in front of your eyes is.  Start telling your mountains how big your God is!  As you stand on His Word and allow Him to reign in your life and orchestrate in your affairs, you too will realize that “There’s nothing too hard for God to do.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!