When the spies looked at the Promise Land, they encountered a land flowing with milk and honey and brought back beautiful, huge grapes. The people rejoiced seeing the grapes and concluded it was a beautiful and fruitful land. The report of ten of the spies said there were giants in the land, ignored the fruits, and saw themselves as grasshoppers compared to them.
Do we see ourselves as timid grasshoppers or capable giants? When we see ourselves as grasshoppers, others do as well. Our actions show others our self-perception which either helps or hinders the confidence we portray that we have in God. What are we saying we are? We never should see ourselves as grasshoppers, but as spiritual giants in God.
Is there a problem we face that appears to be a giant in our land? Compared to the ultimate giant Christ Jesus, who dwells within us — they are the grasshoppers. In Christ, we conquer giants and do not let them subdue us. We yield to the Lord and step forth in victory over any opposition, from glory to glory!
Numbers 13:33 “’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.’”
When Jesus rebuked the enemy working through Peter, He told him he was being mindful of the things of men, not of God. Our adversary tries to battle us in our thoughts the same way. The more we are mindful of the spiritual realm, the more we can walk victoriously in the natural realm.
The Greek word for mindful is phroneo, to exercise the mind; that is, entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; to be disposed in a certain direction, and to intensively interest ourselves in a matter. When we meditate upon what we see in the natural, we magnify its potential impact. If we over-think our ways, and the ways of others, we become fearful and quench the flow of the mind of Christ in our lives.
Our aim is always to be mindful of the things of God. Reading and speaking forth the Word of God helps us exercise our mind. We press through until we are disposed to think toward the things of the Spirit, more than of the flesh. Our walk is by faith, not by sight. We do not focus too much on the human aspect, but on the spiritual, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:23 “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’”
We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world; the Lord is glorified when we represent His love and grace. An illustration often used to identify interaction with people is depicted as three utensils: a fork, a knife and a spoon.
A knife cuts people off, is destructive, sharp and has no mercy. There is no forgiveness, understanding or grace. Often because of having been abandoned by a caregiver, a person hides behind a thick wall, cannot commit, and lives in constant fear. A fork picks at others constantly, is critical in a negative way. None of the good traits in others are ever mentioned. There is love and care, but it’s inconsistent and not dependable. One day it’s one way, the next it’s another. The relationship is highly unpredictable.
As Christ’s Ambassadors, we are to be like spoons. A spoon gently scoops up others with love and kindness and holds them in high esteem. Loving one another is done in deed and in truth. The way we speak to one another and walk in love and truth is proof to others that we walk in the Spirit. As we are being transformed into the image of Jesus, the Holy Spirit enables us to be spoons, from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
Sometimes we may feel as though the rug is being pulled out from under our feet. This causes us to question where we stand. In those times, we wonder if we will slip and fall. Sorrow fills our heart; a sense of heaviness envelops our being, and we pray fervently for God to come to our rescue. Time after time God enlarges our path so we do not slip.
This enlargement defies the tight place we may think we are in and makes way for God’s delivering power. He makes a way out of all troubling circumstances. We may almost slip, almost give up, almost breakdown, yet God comes through with His amazing grace. The foundation on which we stand is strengthened and enlarged by the Christ we believe in—our sure foundation.
When we almost fall, Christ sustains us to the utmost. He upholds all with His right hand and He never permits the righteous to be moved. He delivers us out of all our afflictions. We pray believing He sustains us and gives us safety to stand every place we step, from glory to glory!
Psalms 18:35-36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.”
Just like Isaiah, God has hidden us in the shadow of His hand. He places us as arrows in His quiver to prepare us for that perfect moment when He will propel us into the next phase of our destiny. During that time of preparation, God polishes the shaft so the arrow can’t miss hitting the mark with precision.
It cannot be warped or misaligned. If the shaft is crooked, the arrow is useless. First, God makes straightens the wood of the shaft and makes it smooth. Then He anoints it with oil to soften it. At that point it can receive the tip and is ready. God sharpens us as mighty weapons in His hands.
The quiver is the place of rest where we learn patience and trust. Right before God throws the arrow, it must be still with no disturbances. He hid Paul in His quiver for 14 years, Joseph 13, Moses 40, Joshua 40, David 30 and Jesus 30. When it’s time for God to launch the shaft, there is a shift. What He has purposed for us comes to pass. Let’s be still today and know that He is God, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 49:2 “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”