In the world but not of it

August 23, 2010

At that time…

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And at that time Joshua came and cut off the Anakim. Joshua 11:21

The spies that came back from the Promised Land said “the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there”. (Numbers 11:28)

But now Joshua and the armies of Israel defeated all of them including the giants (Anakim). When they first saw them they were paralyzed with fear, when they first saw all that was in the land they were overwhelmed and uncertain of how they could possibly take this as their own.

What changed from the first spy mission to now? Their faith had grown through one victory to the next.

As they trusted in the Lord and waited on the Lord for instruction in each situation they were blessed with victory despite the odds. From faith to faith they systematically marched through the land and gained these victories until at that time the giants were finally cut off.

So often I see these great stories of faith and I fail to see how they apply in my life, yet we all have battles to face and victories to be won. We fail, however, because we don’t trust and believe and we allow ourselves to see the giants rather than God.  Giants are tall but God is taller, we must look higher up.

After thirty years of missionary work, Robert E. Speer once said “it is my conclusion and conviction that the greatest missionary problem is just the failure of Christian people to live up to their profession”…

Victory in the Christian life is not some unobtainable theory but a present day reality for those that choose to believe and live like they mean it…


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