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The Perfect Mix

The Perfect Mix!
Mixing our faith with the will and promises of God

that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)

Q:    What would you do if God asked you to do something - knowing that He had assured you of success prior to this request?  Would you do it without question, or would it depend on what He asked of you?

Before you answer that, let's take a look at some people in Scripture who decided to say, "No." 

The story is contained within the Book of Numbers - the people were the Israelites and the setting was where Moses was leading the people to the Promised Land of God.  God had just given Moses instructions on sending scouts over to prepare to take the land.  Here, God had given a clear instruction and a clear promise - He was to "Give" them the land.

"Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; Numbers 13:2 (NKJV)

The spies went over and found the land to be a blessed place, flowing with milk, honey and fruit (See Num 13:27).  But upon the return of the scouts, this was what they had to say.

But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight." Numbers 13:31-32 (NKJV)

So in other words, 10 of the 12-scouts came back and said, "Hey this place is great, it's got everything we need, but if we attempt to go over here and possess it, we are going to get wiped out!" Upon hearing this, the entire congregation lifted up their voices and cried.  They complained against Moses and Aaron - God's anointed leaders, and they looked for a new leader to take them back to the bondage of Egypt, and even planned on stoning Moses and Aaron to death.

Q:    What happened to these people to cause them such fear?

A:    They lacked faith!  They looked at what they had to face, and then to their own abilities, or should I say, their own "Inabilities?"

God had given them assurances throughout their travels up to this point - He had done many great things and had provided for them and guided them.   God had shown them what He wanted them to do and had given them someone to lead them.  And yet they continued to doubt God, and insisted on not trusting Him, and instead they put their faith in their own abilities.  It was this lack of willingness on their behalf to mix their faith in God with His promises that lead to their ultimate failure and destruction.

We can read this story and shake our heads in disbelief, and even say to ourselves, "These people were foolish - even stupid, in their actions.  I would never do such a thing!"  But truth be told, we're not so different at times.  Consider this, we know that we have been commanded in Scripture to share the Gospel message with others.  We have been told that the Spirit of God will empower us and give us the boldness to speak forth of the great things that God has done in our life, and of His promises - but how many times have we been given the opportunity, only to stop in our tracks in fear and doubt, inevitably retreating?

We too are lacking faith, and we too are looking to our own abilities.  Are we any different than these Israelites - wandering around aimlessly, not willing to act on the promises of God?

Here me in this Christian; our faith needs to be grounded in God's promises, and in His abilities to do what He has promised to do.  If He has asked us to do something, we need to know that He will empower and equip us to do that task - our faith to do what God has asked us to do should never be based on "Our abilities" but on His.  We must remember, apart from Him we can do "Nothing!"

 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to ask yourself the following 3-questions based on your faith in Gods abilities to fulfill His promises.

Q:    Do I believe God's promises that He has spoken for my life?

Q:    Do I believe that God can do might works through me?

Q:    Am I willing to lay my life down along with the cares of this world, and allow God to use me in every capacity that He desires.

Hey Christian, God wants to do some amazing things through you today, will you let Him?  Put your faith in His abilities as you hear the Holy Spirit asking you to step out and do what He is asking.  I've said this before, and it bears repeating, "Our fruit" (Success) should never be measured in how someone responds to our sharing of the Gospel message or their reaction to our abiding in God's Word - it should be measured in our obedience to do what God has called us to do - that's the fruit!

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, where should our faith be placed?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see times in your life where you have not acted on God's commands because you lacked faith in your own abilities?

APPLICATION: Make it a point to take each thought captive (2 Cor. 10:3-5), when you find that you are lacking faith to do God's will - once you have taken the thought captive, ask yourself, "Do I believe that God wants me to do this?  Do I believe that He is capable of guiding and equipping me to do what He has asked?  Has God every failed to follow through on His promises?"  Now move forward and do what you know to be right.

Father, Thank You for reminding me that the power for me to achieve Your will lies in You.  Help me to remember this when I am facing challenges and feel inadequate.  I need You today to fill me with Your Spirit and empower me to do all that You have ordained for me to do.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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