Cause and cost of unbelief

Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

๐Ÿ“– Numbers 13 :1- 14:45
Cause and cost of unbelief.

๐ŸŒˆ God had promised to give the land of Canaan to the children of Israel, yet ten of the spies allowed their doubts to overtake what they knew to be true, which led to a lapse in their obedience as stewards of God’s promises.
โ˜‘๏ธ Unbelief robs us of the joys and blessings we could have possessed had we acted in HUMILITY and FAITH in God’s loving presence.

๐Ÿ“Œ The ten spies unbelief :
Began when they forgot God’s Promises ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ’ซ
The Israelites had been promised God’s blessing and protection , and were even allowed to see the richness of the land , yet they did not believe that God and His promises were enough ( 13:1-2 )

๐ŸŽฏ We need to stand firm in faith @ His Rich Promises ๐Ÿ›

๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽถ–
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Thro’ eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

โœ… Grew as they forgot the fruit ๐Ÿ‡
Even though they carried the grapes , figs and pomegranates on their backs , the ten spies forgot the blessings of the land.Their ingratitude for what God longed to provide them blinded them ๐Ÿ˜Ž to the riches at their feet ๐Ÿ‘ฃ ( 13: 26-28 )
๐ŸŽฏ Let us remember that all our blessings comes from the Lord ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต —
Count your blessings : name them one by one,
Count your blessings : see what God hath done
Count your blessings: name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
~~ ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ

โœ… Grew when they focused on the giants ๐Ÿ‘บ ๐Ÿ‘€
The Israelites allowed themselves to be swept away by their fears. Their focus was on themselves and their enemies , not on their all – sufficient God ( 13: 28-29, 31-33 )
๐ŸŽฏ Let us remember that our battle belongs to the Lord โœ๏ธ

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽผ —
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ , the royal Master , leads against the foe ;
Forward into battle see his banners go!
~`~~ ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽผ

โœ… Grew as they fed factionalism ๐Ÿคผโ€โ™‚๏ธ
The ten spies opposed Moses’ leadership and stirred the people’s unbelief. Their sin multiplied because they influenced others to rebel ( 14:1-10 )
๐ŸŽฏ Let us respect our leaders with love ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽผ —
Jesus commanded us something to do
Love one another as I have loved you
My love will guide and enable you to
Love one another.

โœ… Grew into self – sufficiency and presumption ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ช
Once the Israelites decided God wasn’t enough , all they had left was themselves. They headed down a path of their own choosing , trading God’s dream of blessing for a NIGHTMARE OF DEFEAT ( 14:44-45 )
๐ŸŽฏ Let us remember that we can do everything through Christ Jesus who gives us the strength โœ๏ธ

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽผ —
I need Thee ev’ry hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford..

๐Ÿ’• Beloved Church, Exodus 23:2 reminds us , ” Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong “. Where do we stand – with the Ten Spies or with Caleb and Joshua โ“
๐ŸŽฏ Yes , the present situation caused by COVID 19 may hinder our faith in our pilgrimage. We may experience the flavour of UNBELIEF and DISAPPOINTMENTS .

๐ŸŽฏ Yes , they may looks like GIANTS but even if we consider ourselves as GRASSHOPPERS, there is hope when we focus our eyes upon Jesus.

๐ŸŽฏ May we pray like the father in Mark 9:17-24 “.. help me to overcome my UNBELIEF “. ๐Ÿ›

Glory to God ๐Ÿ™Œ
โœ๐Ÿฝ Mark Boje , ArP ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ