Now What?: ”
In His Presence Family Worship Center
Last week we spoke about our status, of being people who are expecting to see the miracles that are about to be perform by our God. We spoke about how to begin our season of expectancy. Write down your vision, your answer, as it is rendered in the New Living Translation. Remember those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Well what next? You have a vision, you have a promise, you have a word. You wrote it down. What next? Let’s look to the scriptures.
In the kingdom, God gave this nation called Israel a promise, he delivered, and positioned Israel to see the promise. In that moment when they were about to embark on the promised he gave Moses interesting instructions. Let’s look at the text.
Num. 13:1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num. 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
Let’s examine this. Canaan was the promise. God promised I will deliver you out of Egypt into the land which I have promised your forefathers. So Canaan is the promise. Before they take possession of the land, before you go to war, before you go naming and claiming it, I want you to investigate. This is God speaking. Search the promise. Yes that’s right, search the promise God gave you. Most of us are accustomed to the idea that if God promises you something, it would be wrong to investigate it. It would suggest some things about God, and about ourselves that are, on it’s face improper. Let’s go through them shall we? One of the characteristics of God is that he is the very fabric of perfection. If he is perfect then anything he creates, promises, does, as a matter of fact, an argument can be made that anything that emanates from him is perfect. If anything that emanates from him is in fact perfect, the very act of investigating the promise, investigating anything given by God, may suggest that you are in a position to scrutinize perfection. That is of course utter madness. Let’s take a look from another perspective. The text tells us that God instructs Moses to have some men do this. Certainly we are not ready to concede that God needs us to check his promise for imperfections. That we are capable of correcting God, that would on its face be blasphemous. God wants us to go into the promise with intelligence. He wants us informed about our promise, so that we know how to plan. If he promised you a house, he wants you to know what that entails. A house in Brooklyn brings different challenges than a house in Westbury Long Island. There is a difference in the tax structure, town laws with regard to recycling, a difference in the commute. He wants you informed. There is nothing worse than losing out on, or not be able to hold on to what God says is yours because of what you did not know going in. To lose a home because of taxes, to not be able to drive a car, because it costs more to maintain a foreign car, when you are used to American cars you will quickly find that foreign cars cost more to maintain. God wants you to investigate. Look at how Moses communicates the word of God to the people of God.
Num. 13:16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
Num. 13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
Moses sent them ‘to spy out the land.’ Gather information, and do not broadcast what you are doing. Do it with out anyone who is not of the Kingdom, knowing what you are doing. Using clandestine methods, get information without informing your potential enemy what you are doing. Why? Your enemies objective is to prevent what God has decreed over your life. You are directed by God, not only to not allow that to happen, but irrespective of their agenda, prepare for what God has decreed over your life. Spy out your promise. Find out what it takes to succeed in the promise God has given you. How? Talk to people who have achieve what you want. What kind of degree helps you to succeed in your chosen field. Find what people God has placed in your sphere of influence, to help get where God wants you. Spy out the land. Beloved, ask questions, get answers, and position yourself to get what you need. Plan, Plan, Plan.
Yours Because I am His,