Bible In One Year-Day 64 (Wednesday, March 05, 2014)
Commentary: Num13-15. We could see how Moses operated his prophetic ministry with an unrivalled humility, dignity and integrity. He was in no way carried off by this great grace but he exhibited a servant-leader spirit. The Spirit of God is looking for such persons to use for the end time work. Pride has stolen the ministry of many. Moses was reluctant in yielding to God’s work in the first place and we could see that he probably was the shy type. Unlike now, people want to be the focus instead of making God the focus. The preaching on the pulpit is to exploit people for the purpose of self glorification. Most preachers want to be on the air while souls are wasting away on the streets. The word of life is scarce on the pulpit, but the messages that inculcate pride and prejudice in people is what we hear nowadays. I don’t personally believe people should be psyched before they bring money out of their pockets; you can’t tell people that if they sow $1000, they will get back $50,000. In Ex25:2, God asked Moses to take the offering that comes from a WILLING heart.
When anointing breaks a yoke, the delivered will appreciate it. Zachaeus changed when Jesus entered his house and our Lord said, salvation has entered the house; this is revival. Moses was very humble and quite submissive. The spirit in a leader matters a lot in the life of the followers. The loyalty and faithfulness of Moses to God was the saving grace for the Israelites. He even stood to advice God and God respected his advice because Moses had no selfish motive, Num14:20. He would have accepted the offer of God to raise his descendants in place of the Israelites. He was selfless, hardworking and caring. He was a leader who encouraged and taught his followers. God told him to send spies; he did that, but with the word of encouragement, Num13:20.
Numbers 13:20 “And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.”
Faith and Courage is the power that plucks the fruit of the future. When you look at the future, it could be very bright but the path to it is absolutely very rough, fearful and discouraging. This was the problem of the sent spies. They agreed that the land was good but the occupiers, physically, were threats. The spirit of fear steals the land of the future; it is courage and determination that breaks the backbone of that evil spirit. Courage will make you to see the nakedness of the boasting powers against your future just as David saw Goliath dead before the fight. Joshua and Caleb came to light in this reading because of courage and God Himself recognized it in them. God sealed their future with His word. Joshua looked at the giants with the eyes of courage and determination, believing God for His ability and saw that the powers of the giants have been stripped off and their protection removed, Num14:9. Fear is a horrible thing. The person who has it might not know he or she has this demon but will be thinking that he or she is taking some precautionary measures. Fear is the most common demon. God will not use the fearful because such is a good instrument in the hand of the devil. You could imagine the way the devil came into the camp of the people of God; fear and this fear was being supervised by the leaders. God commended the spirit in Caleb as a different spirit. The spirit of fear is not a gift from God but from the devil, 2Tim1:7. Fear breeds discouragement, discouragement breeds murmurings, and murmuring angers God which consequently causes setback. God said upon all I had done for these people, they still did not believe in me, you could imagine the pronouncements that followed in Num14:11-12, 21-23. Let fear die, beloved and let faith be. Your faith honors God and God honors your faith. Prayer: spirit of error in my life, jump out in the name of Jesus. Next mile on the trip is Num16-18. Keep the fire burning and alive. Tell somebody about Jesus’ love today.