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Faith Conquers Doubt and Fear

Seeking the will of God can become a frustrating journey, especially when it cuts against the grain of what our culture calls success.

When the Lord calls, He does equip us for the task at hand although we may not always see the whole picture. This is where faith is applied (Trusting in God and His Word, not blind faith).

One thing to realize is that God is the one who qualifies the called, and He doesn’t call the qualified. Moses saw the promised land, but Joshua and Caleb conquered to possess the promised land, while the other ten spies murmured, complained, and doubted them. The obstacles in front of them were certainly intimidating. The doubters saw themselves as little grasshoppers, while Caleb and Joshua had the ‘eyes of faith.’ “They are bread for us!” (Numbers 13:30-33).

As they led the Israelites to move forward Joshua encouraged them to move forward. Three times Joshua admonishes them to ‘Be strong and courageous,’ and not to fear the enemy or what battles and obstacles you are facing!

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous.

Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:5‭-‬9 NLT

Soon after Joshua and the people crossed the Jordan River on ‘dry grounds! Then the other impossible task was to conquer the Canaanites who built a wall surrounding the city of Jericho. They did an uncanny thing and marched around the walls 13 times. 7 times on the last day. Then blew the trumpets 🎺 and guess what. The walks fell flat and they possessed the land.

“When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.” -Joshua 6:20 NLT

What a Victory!

What faithful leadership by Joshua and Caleb!

Yes, God kept his promise to them. Why? They believed the Lord for the impossible and they listened to God and not the naysayers.

What are you facing today? If you have doubts, ask the Lord to help you to overcome your doubts and discouragement.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. Romans 8:31‭, ‬37

Friend, it is time to declare victory in your life and believe God for the impossible now because God is bigger than this pandemic. Whatever challenges such as a divorce, sickness, financial loss, or addiction you or a loved one is facing.

Stand your ground for the battle is the Lord’s and the enemy is not as tough or intimidating as you may think.

In faith they are “grasshoppers” and “with God all things are possible.” Stand in your authority as a believer and do not doubt the wonder-working power of your God. Stay humble and trust the Lord through the process. Amen.

When God does the miracle, He gets all the glory!

Pastor Andy Provitola

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