Because we live in a fallen world, we will all face doubts and discouragement from time to time. If we continue to feed on our doubts, or on the negatives we can become so overwhelmed that we may see no way out of our situation. So while doubt and discouragement cannot change God’s unconditional love toward us, it can change our ability to walk in what God has freely provided for us. This very thing happened to the children of Israel. God had said to Moses ‘Send men to spy out the land of Canaan,which I am giving to the children of Israel’ (Num 13:2). But instead of returning with a positive report and a strategy to take the land, 10 of the 12 spies came back with a negative report. And because the people didn’t mix God’s Word with faith, but instead believed the spies’ report, the Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness.
See Beyond the Natural
When we first discover the truth for our situation in God’s Word, our natural circumstances may seem worlds apart from that truth. Everything in the natural can seem to be against us. We can be in debt, be broke, have no education, have a rotten past, be infertile, have an incurable disease, or be constantly sick and hurting. But nothing in the natural can disqualify you from walking in God’s provision – unless you allow it to. Continue to meditate on God and His Word until your perspective changes and you see yourself with what He has provided for you. Look past the natural hindrances that are preventing your breakthrough and look only to the solution; see your situation through the eyes of faith and stop looking at your circumstances with a natural mindset!
When Joshua and Caleb spied out the Promised Land they were able to look past the natural circumstances. They looked through the eyes of God’s promise; they saw that the giants in the land could easily be defeated. However, the other 10 spies along with the children of Israel focused on the natural hindrances over God’s promise and provision. Their fear of the giants and the natural circumstances caused them to doubt God’s supernatural power and ability, and the credibility of His Word. As a result their perspective changed to the point where, instead of seeing themselves with the victory, they felt and saw themselves like ‘grasshoppers in their own sight’ (Num 13:33). They were defeated in their own sight because they couldn’t see how God was going to get them into the Promised Land past the giants. They looked at all the ‘mountains of impossibility’ they faced in the natural realm, and they forgot the promise of God. We too can fall into the same trap when we look at our own ‘mountains of impossibility’ such as debt, sickness or disease, or our adverse symptoms, diagnosis or circumstances. We need to be like Joshua and Caleb and look at our natural circumstances through the filter of God’s Word, so we are also able to see through the eyes of victory rather than through our natural eyes of defeat!
Believe and do not Doubt in your Heart!
Through our faith in Jesus we have already received everything we need to rule and reign in life. Once we know what we have inherited through Jesus (through God’s Word) we then need to learn how to walk by this truth and not by sight, feelings, symptoms or by what the natural realm is dictating to us. If we do focus on the natural circumstances instead of the truth found in God’s Word, then that is when doubt and unbelief can come in, and if entertained it will take root, grow and bear fruit in our life.
Mark 11:22-23 “Have faith in God”, Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
Did you know that the heart is the place where we decide which report we are going to believe? We therefore need to spend time meditating on the truth of God’s Word until we believe and do not doubt in our heart what it says. Meditating on God’s Word is not meant to be a one-off occurrence but rather a lifestyle of feeding on God’s truth until what it says comes alive and becomes real to you personally.
Go Take the Land!
If you want to possess what God has freely provided for you through Jesus then you too need to GO and possess the land! Keep trusting, believing and pressing through past the natural hindrances until you see the provision manifest in your life. This isn’t about self-effort in terms of working or trying to earn your breakthrough, but is simply about having an unwavering attitude that is determined to possess what already belongs to you. God’s Word paints the picture of what you can expect to see. So begin to see it, feel it and embrace it. Start seeing yourself with the answer rather than without it. What are you waiting for? Squash those doubts and unbelief and Go possess your Promised Land right now!