Believing the Good Report 1: Courage

BelievingtheGoodReport1In an ever-changing world, God's people need something the world cannot give, and what religious institutions are not providing. Due to the shortage of scholarship in modern times, God's people are settling for instability as a way of life. We really don't know any better until we're confronted with the truth.

Preachers rely on the pretense that since they're looked to as 'called of God,' everyone should assume what they say is right. Upon closer observation, we find that most teaching today is based upon nothing more than what's become 'popular opinion.' Yet, just because the majority are conditioned to believe certain things doesn't mean those things are true.

If what's being taught today is real, how come this once great Christian nation has been overthrown by antichrists? How come these high profile pastors and politicians, who call themselves 'conservatives,' won't band together and use their influence to uproot the present evil that has infiltrated our land? It's because they've bought into the lie that the enemies of God are entitled to our inheritance.

The truth is they're in on it, they've sold us out; to get to and remain where they are. They count on our ignorance to maintain their power, and upon our fear to prop up their facade of security.

What God's people need is courage. Courage only comes thru God's people faithfully standing for the truth. For once the truth finds you, you must be courageous enough to stand. Once and for all, God could put you on the road to faith like never before.

NUMBERS 13:1-3

1 And the ORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. 3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

Here we find: a commissioned investigation, by divine revelation, from a desert location. What have they got to lose? And here we are, in an age of apostacy, trying to survive in this current, spiritual desert we call 'America,' as you are now investigating God's divine revelation.

Moses, had his role as the spokesman of God (not an easy job). And each had to make up his own mind whether or not Moses truly spoke for God to them. All he did was relay the message from Yahweh to Israel.

The twelve spies were commissioned by God to go in and investigate their inheritance. Everyone would wait on them to come back with the report. Neither the report or the reaction to it will affect the truth as it stands. For God was not sending them in to see if they could possess the land, but for them to see what great things their Father would do for them to possess it. Israel will possess it, the question is, will this generation of Israelites be the ones to do it: WILL THEY SEE THE TRUTH AND HAVE THE FAITH? Then we have the list of Israelite heads:

NUMBERS 13:4-20

4 And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur. 5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori. 6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph. 8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun. 9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu. 10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi. 11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi. 12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli. 13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael. 14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi. 15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. 16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua. 17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; 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.

Moses gives them their instruction- "be...of a good courage." "Courage" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2388 to fasten upon, to seize, to be strong. Moses expected them to"BE" something for God- "Be ye, of a good courage." BE ONE OF FAITH.

Stop allowing the news to determine what you believe about the Scriptures, and start allowing the Scriptures to determine what you believe about everything. Stop allowing your denomination to determine what you believe about the Scriptures, and start allowing the Scriptures to determine what you believe about your denomination. Don't allow outside influences to sway you, "BE YE, of a good courage."

Most who claim today to be 'called' have very little courage. They use their position or supposed 'intelligence' as a way to minipulate people, while neglecting to give their people the truth, while dampening thie faith. For it takes courage to go in and bring out to people the good report, unfiltered. Yet that's their job, they were the elders of Israel.

What is the opposite of courage? Fear. Fear results from not being able to maintain your focus God. "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" James tells us. Operating or trying to lead people based on fear will never lead anyone to the perfect will of God.

Where is your focus and concern? On the enemies of God or on God? On the enemies of God or on the Scriptures? On the enemies of God or on the people of God? Be ye of a good courage, fasten your attention on God and don't lose sight.

Did God (thru Moses) deliver Israel from Egypt, just to remain in the desert? No. He delivered them to go claim the Promised Land. Did God, thru Christ, deliver Israel from the bondage of our sins to remain in lies, confusion, and fear? No. He wants you to investigate the promises of your fathers and claim your inheritance. You need to be courageous for your people. It's no accident God selected you to investigate your inheritance and return with a good report. Whether or not your people receive it is up to them. But your responsibility is to bring back a good report for them.

NUMBERS 13:21-25

21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. 22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. 25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

"The sons of Anak" were a brood of giants- fallen angel offspring. So as the children of Israel were performing this investigation into their inheritance, they were seeing other kinds of 'people' they'd never seen before, corruptions in fact. Yet they were also seeing extraordinary potential for fruit. And, it was a lengthy investigation, it took "forty (straight) days." Anything worth investigating and having isn't going to be brief. And its going to be full of information you've never heard or thought of before. But when you take the time to do the investigating, you come away with first-hand knowledge of the truth.

NUMBERS 13:26

26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

Here we have the report, or rather the reports, about to be given by the spies. Remember, all 12 of them saw the exact same things. Also remember the plan is for them to leave the hot, dry desert and relocate into a land flowing with milk and honey- that's a good thing. But there were those who insisted on coming back with a bad report.

First, we will see the report of those who are double-minded and cowardly, which are guided and motivated by fear; and they are in the majority (sound familiar?) Why would you want to believe and follow a coward who makes decisions based on fear? The first thing cowards like to do is minimize the importance of the evidence of the truth and then shift the focus to external, fleshly circumstances:

NUMBERS 13:27-29

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

Is not our God greater than all our combined enemies? Then why even focus on that. These were cowards who will not trust God, and they have no business trying to lead anybody. And as fear begins to spread like wild fire, the people begin to worry over the negative, bad report.

You can imagine the excitement when the people first saw the spies returning. But then these cowards pour cold water all over it. Sometimes all it takes is a whisper to poison someone's mind against the truth and against having faith. And then there's those who have courage:

NUMBERS 13:30

30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE HAS A STEADYING EFFECT UPON OTHERS. Some may have been wondering, "Once and for all, is Caleb a liar or not?" Is Caleb trying to pretend like he didn't see the enemies of God?" Absolutely not. Caleb was courageously confronting his people with the truth of what they must do. What he's telling them to do is based upon God's perfect will and plan. Caleb is doing what God called on Him to do! He went in, did his investigation and came back with a good report. He didn't come back focused on the enemies of God. He came back focused on telling them what God wanted them to hear, what they needed to hear.

CALEB SAW IT THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD. "And Caleb stilled the people...and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Caleb trusted Yahweh and he wanted what was best for his people. Shouldn't that be what we wanna hear? Most 'bible' teaching today is not that way. Most so-called 'christian' teaching today is more about doin' what's best for God's enemies because of fear. Remember, by calling Israelites anything other than what they are, you're favoring the enemies of God.

NUMBERS 13:31

31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

They may be stronger then we are alone, but they're not stronger than we are with our God. The difference between Caleb and these men is in the word "we". Caleb's 'we' includes God, their 'we' doesn't include God.

Some of us when confronted by the truth, or even just everyday circumstances, allow whatever negative aspects may exist to determine whether or not we will trust God. Plus, we've been conditioned to worry and even to be so preoccupied with God's enemies. Yet our business is just to receive the truth, courageously stand up, and then claim our inheritance. So regardless of how it appears just give a good report and let God deal with the circumstances and even His enemies.

NUMBERS 13:32-33

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

God's chosen people Israel should never consider themselves "as grasshoppers" and therein lies the problem. These cowards saw their own people as nothing, therein giving favor to their enemies, when in reality, they were the Israel of Yahweh God Almighty. Stop seeing your people as something less than what they really are. STOP SEEING YOUR GOD AS SOMETHING LESS THAN WHO HE IS!

The difference between Caleb and the other 'investigators' is that he is more conscious of God and focused on doing God's will, while they're focus is on fear.ANYTHING THAT GETS YOUR FOCUS ON FEAR IS NOT OF GOD. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Why would God have even send them to spy out and report on their inheritance, if He never intended for them to possess it? Why would God give Israel the Scriptures, unless He intended for us to learn the truth and live by it? Stop being afraid. STOP LISTENING TO THOSE WHO ARE AFRAID AND BE OF GOOD COURAGE. Recognize the plight of your people in the desert and how desperately they need to be led to their God.

Most of the investigators didn't care about their people being in the desert. While Caleb was ready to lead them out of it and help them claim what was rightfully theirs. Caleb was tired of the enemies of God enjoying the blessings of God, while his people struggled and wandered around in the desert.

Afterwards, you can imagine some of the people talking amongst themselves after the meeting broke up: 'You know Caleb's a good man and all, but if I believed his report, people would think I was strange and peculiar.' Well, isn't that what God called us to be, a 'peculiar people'?! If all we ever do is worry about what other people think, we'll never get our people out of this desert.

Take a good look at your people. Look at the suffering and misery that's going on all around us in this nation and in former white, Christian nations around the world. The governments and culture have turned their backs on the descendants of those who built these nations and they're turning your children and grandchildren against your God. We are now being made to take a back seat to squatters and interlopers who have no claim whatsoever to God's inheritance. Is there any stability to be found?!

Look at the fear and confusion as it continues to spread throughout our land. Unfortunately denominations have become one of the main vehicles for promoting most of the confusion that's being spread. What the majority is reporting isn't getting our people anywhere except further into the desert, exactly where God's enemies want us to be. God is giving us the opportunity to help our people get up out of this dry deadness, and take back what is rightfully ours.

Does God owe us another opportunity to get out of the desert? Will we continue to listen to the same bad report that keeps stirring up all the fear and confusion? Or will we hear the good report and follow after God to our inheritance? You must stop listening to those who are giving a bad report.

JAMES 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

They were not "grasshoppers" and neither are you. If you choose to continue to listen to that, you'll never know how far you can go for God. If you want to claim your heritage, then be of a good courage, get your focus on Christ, and don't look back.

Our lives, our families, our nations are where they are, because of the way we've handled things in the past. And if we always end up getting scared, going nowhere or in the same direction, listening to the same, bad report, we'll never arrive at any better place, then where we've always ended up. Its time to stand up and claim what's rightfully ours! Are you ready to slay some giants?! Are you prepared to reap some good fruit?! Oh, it will be challenging but anything worth having, is.

REFLECTION

The reality of it is, God has given all these things to Israel. Will you be strong enough to stand up and claim it in the power of God? Or will you continue to listen to the murmuring? God will deal with those who murmur in His time and in His way, as in Numbers chapter 14. But the question is: what will you do?

Stop focusing on God's enemies and start focusing on your God. Stop seeing your people and your God thru the eyes of your enemies, and start seeing your people and your enemies thru the eyes of God. Let no one threaten what God has for you and your family. Be ye of good courage and back down to no one.