Numbers 13:33 “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.”
The Lord told Moses to send spies into the Promised Land that He was giving them to check out the land and see what it was like and what the people were like. So he sent twelve spies into the land, one for each tribe of Israel, and they brought back a report to him and the people Here is their report:
Numbers 13:26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. They they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
They went into the land and saw that it was just as God said it would be; a land flowing with milk and honey; a land flourishing with large fruit. God had promised them their Promised Land and it was true, just as He had said! But……even though they saw what God had promised the giants that lived in the land were bigger than the promise of God and they didn’t see any way past the giants!
Numbers 13:28-33“Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. “The Amelekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 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.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. “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.”
Of the twelve spies that Moses sent into the Promised Land to see what it was like, ten came back with what God called an “evil” report and two, Joshua and Caleb, came back stating that even though there were giants in the land they should go up at once to possess the land because they were well able to overcome it. The ten with the evil report struck fear in the hearts of the whole nation so that they believed that they could not overcome and take the land. God said that Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of the whole group that would see the Promised Land because they had a different spirit in them in that they wholly followed the Lord their God. (Numbers 13:24; Numbers 32:12)
The thinking that kept the Israelites from entering the Promised Land was that they did not believe God but believed what they thought about themselves. Their mentality about themselves put restraints upon their ability for success. They saw themselves as grasshoppers and the giants as being bigger than anything they could conquer. They did not believe that because God was giving them the land that He would certainly enable them to defeat the giants and give them the victory in conquering them. They believed a lie over the truth! They saw themselves in a negative light and it affected everything they wanted to accomplish.
How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as who God says you are or do you measure your worth and your ability to succeed by what is going on in you and around you in your life? Are you more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus as God says you are, or are you living “under the circumstances” of the problems of your life? How you see yourself will determine where you go in life. Truth always supersedes fact! The truth of God’s word is what we need to use to determine our worth and ability to perform not what we see happening in our lives or the success or defeat of what we have attempted to do through our own talents or abilities. Past failures do not determine your future success! You may have failed in something, but that does not mean you will have a repeat performance in upcoming challenges.
Paul said in Romans 8:31: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
God sees us as more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! He is for us and if He is for us then who can stand against us? The Israelites were limited in what they could do because of their preconceived thoughts of themselves. They believed what they saw over what God said. They were walking by their senses instead of by faith. They could not enter into the Promised Land because of unbelief.
Hebrews 3:16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
God did not let them enter into the Promised Land because they did not believe Him. He said they could not enter in because the word that they received was not mixed with faith. They didn’t take what God said as the truth; they looked at their situation and believed it over God’s word. The word that God gave them about their situation was mixed with fear, not faith, and so it did not benefit them the way it should have. God was not pleased with them because they did not receive what He said with faith so that they could have what He had promised.
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
We have to mix faith with the word of God. If He says we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then we must mix faith with it, believe it and act on it.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Whatever you see in His word that describes who you are in Christ Jesus is what you must mix with faith to cause it to be profitable for you. If you believe your own thoughts or what someone else thinks about you or how you feel at the moment or the negative that you see happening around you, you will not succeed because how you see yourself determines where you go in life.
Proverbs 13:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…..
How we see ourselves in our hearts is what we will speak out and act on. When we believe what God says about us we will begin to speak it out and act on it. Then we will have great success!
Father, I thank You for encouraging us to believe You above all else. You speak the truth about Your children and You expect us to believe that truth and receive it into our hearts so we can be all that You have created us to be. I pray for my friends today that might be struggling with low self-esteem. I pray, Father, that You will reveal to them just how important they are to You; that they might see that You gave everything for them; You gave Your very own Son to die for them that they might have eternal life. That is the greatest gift anyone could have given anyone else. Father, may they see themselves as You see them. Help them to receive the truth in Your word about themselves instead of the lies of the enemy. Thank You, Father, for showing them who they are in Christ Jesus. I pray these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.