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Today's Word: May 18, 2021
In Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve fell into sin, when God came looking for them in the garden, they hid in fear and shame. Sometimes when we sense that God is looking for us, we think, “I don’t want God to find me. I’m ashamed of my weaknesses and mistakes. I already feel condemned enough.” This is where we mistake who God really is, as though He’s waiting for us to make a mistake, ready to push us down even further. But God is not coming to condemn you. He’s coming to restore you. He wants to give you all that belongs to you as His child—the freedom, the joy, the peace, the victory, the abundance. Jesus said He came “to set at liberty those who are bruised” (Luke 4:18). When you’re bruised by life, when you’re hurt, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and hide. God is looking for you to set you free, to heal you of your hurts, and to make you whole again.
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Friend, no matter how big the obstacle, no matter what limitations have slowed you down in the past—know that your tomorrow is good and in God’s hands! No matter what your story has been, God is writing for your future.
Have you ever been excited about what God wants to do in your life--maybe it's a promotion or a relationship that you think is going to work out or a new step of faith you want to take--but then all of a sudden negative voices start telling you how it's never going to happen? How do you shut down that negativity before it holds you back?
In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan, which God had already promised to give to the Israelites. Those spies reported back that the land was rich in produce and flowing with abundance, even bringing back a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two men to carry it on a pole between them. All twelve spies also agreed that the people were strong, with large walled cities, and, yes, some people there were of giant stature.
But ten of the spies came back with a negative attitude that said, "There are giants in the land. We'll never be able to conquer those people. In fact, we look like grasshoppers in our own sights, and so we are in their sight." However, Joshua and Caleb tried to hush the bad report. They declared, "If the Lord delights in us, He will bring us into the land and give it to us." They had what the Bible refers to as "a different spirit," an excellent spirit. They looked beyond the impossibilities and chose to believe and obey according to what God said. They looked beyond the giants and saw an opportunity to trust Him to fight their battles for them and possess the Promised Land.
Do you see how important your attitude is? Do you see how a negative attitude can have devastating consequences? In the shadow of the giants, the ten spies couldn't see the miracles that God had done and the good things He had promised. Their bad attitude spread to all the people of Israel and kept them out of the Promised Land. But Joshua and Caleb, whose faith never wavered, were still strong enough forty years later to lead the next generation into the land God had promised.
When you have the right attitude, you can look at your most challenging situation and make it through it by choosing to set your eyes on God's promises. You'll quiet the discouraging voices that come against you by looking through eyes of faith, not fear, and believe that God will lead you through your wilderness into all He has for you.
Relive your victories. Dwell on what’s right about you and not what’s wrong with you. You can’t become who you were created to be if you’re negative toward yourself.