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Speak Faith | Vicki Burns
S~ I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Joshua 14:7-8 (NIV)
O~ Caleb, who had eyes of faith, believed God when He said He would drive the enemy out before them. What he saw then, was already conquered territory! He could probably just “see” land flowing with milk and honey. And after 40 years in the dessert, how amazing that he could almost taste the victory?! His feet actually stood in the Promised Land! He was ready to take it! His brothers, however, could only report “the facts,” what they saw with their blind eyes. They took the position of doubt. They would’ve questioned, “What if God is not with us to drive out the enemy as He has said? How will we fare against these giant people?”
Today, we need words of faith to strengthen and encourage the hearts of the people. We need words that remind us that no matter what is coming on this earth, God has promised to drive out our enemies before us AND our dessert wondering is almost over. As Caleb was ready to battle the enemy knowing he had the Lord of Hosts on his side…or rather, he was on God, the Victor’s side and conquest was imminent.
A~ Okay. It’s true. I admit it. I’ve been a bit of a “news hound” and political critic. Not only so, but I have also worked to keep “the facts” front and center on social media. I fancied myself to be a “town crier” warning everyone of the doom that surrounds us everyday. I took this on because I became aware of the censorship that exists in our news media sources. “Just the facts.”
Well, it has finally occurred to me that dry facts paint a bleak picture of the world without God. But I’m a believer! I know God is doing all manner of amazing acts right before my face that I do not “see.” I know for a “fact,” that glorious victories are being enjoyed by God’s people everyday, everywhere and they are the news that needs to be reported! Sure, the age is growing darker spiritually. God’s Word warns us of this. But we should know and should be reminded who has the real victory here. We do!… through Christ! AND we can walk in that victory now if we will but choose to speak faith to our challenges rather than allow the “cares of this world” to “melt our hearts” of faith. We choose…every minute of every day.
Caleb knew. He heard the murmuring of defeat. But he had the inside advantage. He. Trusted. God. — Do you? — Will I?
P~ Holy God. You dwell in highest heaven yet look on us with tenderest mercy. Help me turn a blind eye to “the facts” without faith and lend You my ear to hear and speak Your Words of faith to my own soul and to the souls around me. Grant me this victory, I pray. In the powerful victorious name of Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen!
Grace | Kim Chipman
S~ And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6 (NIV)
O~ Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
A~ These verses changed (and still change!) my life. I wrestle with wrapping my limited little brain around the concept of grace. My default thoughts land on “need to do more” and “not ______ enough”…not good enough, disciplined enough, smart enough, normal enough…just not enough. The awesomeness of grace is that none of that matters. Your love, acceptance, and saving power has nothing to do with me or my enough-ness. It has everything to do with YOU and Your sovereign holiness. YOu offer this amazing gift to EVERYone.
When I forget this (often!) I become a bit of a frazzled, emotional mess. It’s not awesome.
P~ Thank You for grace. Thank You that I don’t have to be good enough because I’m a mess. Help me to give you my best while remembering I’m not earning your approval because I already have it. Thank You. I love You!
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