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- Chemical specialists sent to Tianjin, China, after massive industrial port explosion.
- Kentucky defies federal judge’s order and denies all same-sex marriage licenses.
- China’s currency devaluation may initiate new phase in global currency war.
- 11-year-old raped in Paraguay by step-father, refuses abortion, gives birth to baby girl.
Current news headlines reflect the ungodly atrocities happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eye on God, Who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, then His blessings, victory, peace, and protection will surround you.
Moses sent twelve of the leaders of the tribes of Israel to explore the Promised Land. After exploring for forty days, they returned. The entire congregation was anxiously waiting to hear what these twelve leaders had to say. They told Moses, . . . We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it (Numbers 13:27).
Can you imagine the excitement building among the congregation as these twelve leaders showed them the fruit they had brought back from the land? Just as God promised, the land was rich and fertile. They brought back pomegranates and figs from the trees, and a single cluster of grapes that was so large it took two men to carry it on a pole between them. At last, their waiting was over! Soon they would be enjoying the fruit of the land and the blessings God had promised them!
The leaders continued, Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there (Numbers 13:28).
Caleb encouraged the people and said . . . Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it (Numbers 13:30). The remaining ten leaders said, . . . We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we (Numbers 13:31). They began to spread a negative report that the land was full of giants and that it was a land that devours its inhabitants.
At this point, the people had heard three voices:
- The voice of God
- The voice of faith
- The voice of unbelief
God had spoken to them through Moses. He had promised to give them this land. He had promised to drive out their enemies before them. He had told them to go in and take possession of the land. No further discussion or consideration was necessary. All that was necessary was for them to hear the voice of God, and in simple faith, obey.
They heard the voice of faith. Caleb had said, “We are well able to overcome it.” He and Joshua pleaded with the people not to rebel against God (Numbers 14:7-9).
They also heard the voice of unbelief. The remaining ten leaders had said, “We are not able.” God’s people had a choice to listen to the voice of God and the voice of faith and obey, or to listen to the voice of unbelief and rebel against God.
Which voice will you listen to?
Say this faith declaration out loud: “I will not listen to the voice of unbelief. I will listen only to the voice of God and act in faith upon what He says.”
. . . We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
. . . Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.