By Cindy Trimm
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There is a story in the book of Numbers when the Lord told Moses to send twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to spy out the land of Canaan, which is also known as the Promised Land. As I read about the giants in the land and thought about all my friends and ministers who are going through intense spiritual warfare, the Holy Spirit said: "It comes with the territory." Then He said, "Go and take possession because I have made you well able to overcome."
In the book of Numbers, ten out of the twelve spies came back with a bad report because they had seen the giants in the land. These are the same men who had previously experienced great miracles in which the Lord gave them a cloud by day, a fire by night, manna from heaven, and he miraculously provided for them for forty years in the wilderness. He also parted the Red Sea for them and six million people walked through the sea on dry ground while He destroyed their enemies.
When they went into Canaan to spy out the land, they feared the giants that they had encountered rather than remembering all that the Lord had done for them. They returned to Moses with a cluster of grapes, which was so huge, that it took two men to carry it, but they also returned with a bad report. They said that the land surely does flow with milk and honey but the giants are too large for us to conquer. They also said, "We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
The Lord is showing me those of you who are facing giants in your life and you see yourself as a grasshopper rather than a conqueror. You recognize that the land ahead of you is flowing with milk and honey, but your focus is on the giants. Jesus gave you a promise but you are not trusting Him for the provision. Many of you are standing on the brink of Canaan but you are in fear because you came up against those giants. Fear looks at the giants, but faith looks at the promises.
On the Brink of Your Promised Land
Two of the twelve spies who were Joshua and Caleb didn't deny that there were giants in the land, but they came back with a different story. They said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." In Numbers 14:24 the Lord said, "but My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it."
The Lord says, "You are standing on the brink of your promised land. Pursue your journey with boldness. Just as I have performed miracles with a cloud by day and a fire by night for My people of old, I will also make provision for you and surround you with My protection. My Glory will go before you in all that I have called you to do, and every place that I have ordained for you to go. I will provide you with manna from heaven, and water from a rock. Just as I supernaturally sustained My people in the wilderness for forty years, I will also sustain you. Do not murmur and complain as the Israelites did, but know that I AM well able to bring you in.
Trust Me to part the Red Sea that is before you, just as I parted the Red Sea for My people and drowned their enemies as they tried to pursue them. You will no longer be a slave to Pharoah but you will be positioned above your taskmasters. Do not see yourself as a grasshopper in comparison to the giants that are coming against you. Give no place to fear and intimidation, but continue in confidence that I will fulfill My word that I have promised to you. The giants may appear to be immense in the natural, but that which I have given to you is so much greater.
You can Possess the Land
I will bring confusion among your enemies just as I have sent hornets to drive out their enemies. I am looking for those who will be as bold as Joshua and Caleb who didn't deny that there were giants in the land, but they knew that they were well able to overcome them. I am looking for those who will stand up and say, let us go up at once and possess the Land. Do not allow the enemy to magnify the difficult situations in your life, and don't look at the giants as unconquerable. Go forth in all that I have commissioned for you to do, and knowing that you are well able to possess the land," says the Lord.
Numbers 13:27-33 Then 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. 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 Amalekites 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[d] (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."