Listen to this devotional:
Numbers 13:33b – And we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight. (NKJV)
As our reconciled family was moving on in the knowledge and love of our Lord, we found ourselves failing to maintain godly peace in our home, which resulted in devastating, ugly, harmful, warring disharmony.
Mercifully, God's all-powerful revelation truth did come to us through His Word, our prayers, and basic pastoral teachings about our adversary — the devil — and his permanent mission "to steal, kill, and destroy" God's purposes for His people.
We learned to use, through Jesus' name, our God-given power and authority over the works of the evil one. Also, from today's Scripture, we were reminded of the importance of belief in our Lord's power and ours in Him.
In this battle, we daily prayed in agreement and in Jesus' name. We repented of any misconduct, and we rendered the devil's works powerless in us and our home. We won! God's peace began to reign once again in our family. All praise to Jesus!
Thereafter, we never, ever saw ourselves as powerless grasshoppers in any future devilish attacks. The other good news is that those lessons have continued to work as a permanent teaching tool through our family's subsequent four generations: "Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. (Joel 1:3 NKJV)
The Israelites were not so blessed. Some spies reported the news of the Promised Land to Moses this way: "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: 31b,33 NKJV)
Caleb and Joshua reported differently to Moses: "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." (Numbers 13:30b NKJV)
Disobediently, that Israelite generation refused to obey God to defeat the occupying enemy, so they didn't possess the Promised Land, and they wandered the wilderness for the next forty years!
The same situation arises today for God's people. God's kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy is the New Testament equivalent of the "Promised Land". We ever have the opportunity to believe, to obey God's Word, and to possess and live in His "Promised Land".
But our battle is not merely to defeat the attempts of our enemy; it is to live for Jesus in the fullness of His promises, and importantly, to fulfill His eternal purposes here on earth.
Beloved, let us not live below our Christ's blood-bought privileges, settling for spiritual impotence in the wilderness of Satan's half-truths. Instead, when we live in Jesus, we are always huge in the sight of our adversary. We can choose to live as victorious, rejoicing, Christian giants, experiencing God's kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy, permanently.
Psalm 60:12 – Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies. (NKJV)
Prayer: Yes, Lord, strategically, in all our battles, victory comes through Your sovereign authority and our skilful use of the weapons You have supplied for us in Your Word, to oust our enemy from all that You have ordained that we should possess. In Your all-powerful name, we win! Amen and Amen!