God says: “I’m your refuge and strength. You will fly, run, and walk as you wait for me. You are more than a conqueror.”
You wonder: “Okay, God these things sound nice, but how do I receive Your promises?”
Possessing God’s promises invites our proactivity.
Big Question: How do we possess God’s promises?
Short answer: We cultivate consistency in our faith, so that our beliefs align with our behaviors.
That answer, brings us to another question: How do we cultivate consistency in our faith, so that our beliefs align with our behaviors?
To explore this question, let’s look to Moses’s questions to the 12 explorers he sent into the Promised Land and how they responded to what they explored.
- Are the people who dwell in the land strong or weak?
- Are the people who dwell in the land few or many?
- Is the land that the people dwell in good or bad?
- Are the cities they dwell in camps or strongholds?
- Is the land rich or poor?
- Are there trees in it or not?
These 6 questions can be divided into 4 categories:
- The people
- The land
- The cities
- The soil
Ten of the explorers say: “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However…”
They start off with faith. And then, they interrupt their faith with a “however” or a “nevertheless.” When they say, “however/nevertheless” they limit the possibilities of God’s promise, because of the inconsistency of their faith.
Two of them have a very different response, namely Caleb. Caleb silences the limitations and inconsistencies of their faith, saying: “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” In other words, let’s possess the promise of God.
Caleb led with his faith. He didn’t allow his beliefs to be limited by the facts of what he saw or his feelings about what he saw.
This is the beginning of possessing God’s promises.
This is the beginning of cultivating consistency in our faith.
Do not allow facts or feelings to limit your faith.
Allow your faith to lead you.
This story continues as the 12 explorers respond to each of the 4 categories of questions. Their responses give us 4 proactive ways to possess God’s promises as we cultivate consistency in our faith.
Join the journey of learning to possess God’s promises!
In the tension together,
P.S. To explore the story of Caleb more in-depth, stay tuned for my new book: Color Me Yellow // Finding Your Voice in the Tension between God’s Promises and their Fulfillment
Questions to Ponder:
- What’s an area of your life where you’ve allowed facts or feelings to limit your faith?
- What would it look like to allow your faith to lead you in that area?
Promises to Remember and Possess:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” // Psalm 46:1
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” // Isaiah 40:31
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” // Romans 8:37-39