Share a Vision of Faith, Not Fear
“We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13:30, NIV)
If you look at the future with fear instead of faith, then you will underestimate the abilities God has given you. Seeing life with eyes of fear causes you to bury your talents.
When Moses sent spies to scope out the Promised Land, 10 of the 12 came back and said, "We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are" (Numbers 13:31 NIV). Even though God had promised to be with them, they responded in fear rather than faith. Only Joshua and Caleb believed in God’s promise that they could take possession of the land.
People who always say, "I can't" and the people who always say "I can" are both right. Why? Because fear creates self-fulfilling prophecies. This happened to Job when he said, "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me" (Job 3:25 NIV).
A vision based on fear rather than faith is going to limit you for your entire life. You're going to miss opportunities. You're going to waste the talent that God gave you. And you're going to set yourself up with self-defeating predictions.
The spies with fear-based vision saw themselves as inadequate. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size . . . We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them" (Numbers 13:32-33 NIV).
There really were giants in the Promised Land! They caused some of the Israelites to see themselves as tiny bugs sure to get squashed. That’s a defeating self-image. It didn’t affect just the spies’ confidence; it also caused them to project their fears on others. That’s the problem with a fear-based vision: The way you see yourself and life will rub off on the people around you.
If the spies had looked at the Promised Land with faith instead of fear, they would have seen the same thing Joshua and Caleb did: a land flowing with milk and honey. Even when they looked at the giants, Joshua and Caleb saw their potential through God’s eyes. They said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30 NIV).
Never underestimate what God can do through you when you obey him in faith. Whatever he has called you to do, you can certainly accomplish in his strength.
Talk It Over
Do you believe you are equipped for the task God has called you to do? Why or why not?
Do you have a vision based on faith or fear? What are you setting yourself up for in the coming year with your perspective?
How would you respond to someone who is spreading a vision of fear?
If you've never invited Christ into your life, you can pray this simple prayer today: "God, I realize I need you. I want to be born again. I confess I have sinned against you, and I ask that you forgive all my sins. Jesus, I receive you into my life as Lord and Savior. Today, I’m turning every part of my life over to you. I want to follow you and do what you tell me to do. And I want to see your vision, purpose, and plan for my life. Please accept me into your family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen."
If you’ve already accepted Christ into your life, then you can pray, "Father, help me to see life through the eyes of faith. I want to follow your vision for the things you want me to do. I’m going to trust you and expect great things from you as I step forward in faith to attempt great things for you. I’m committed to your plan for my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
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