Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fear Not: You Have Already Won!

If there is a challenge in our lives, we must not look at ourselves or our circumstances. When the Israelites sent twelve scouts to check out God's Promised Land, they gave an evil report:

"And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13: 33)

Their fear magnified the challenge which God has already given them victory to overcome. The supreme sorrow of this irony was exposed to the spies that Joshua sent. When Rahab the harlot of Jericho welcomed in Joshua's spies in secret, she told them:

"And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

"For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

"And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath." (Joshua 2: 9-11)

What the Israelites failed to do in Numbers, Rahab and the people had done. They meditated and recounted the wonderful works that the Lord had done.

We are called to set our eyes on Jesus Christ, our victory and our hope of glory:

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." (Romans 8: 37)

If for any reason we waver in our confidence, let us ponder the great love that God has shown us through His Son:

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4: 10)

God gave His own Son for us. we can then definitely count on Him providing for our every need (Romans 8: 31-32)

We have no need to fear, for in Christ we already have the victory! Meditate on all that the Lord has done for you, and watch as see as the Lord causes your enemies to tremble and disperse before you.

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