The story of Joshua and Caleb and the ten spies, and the ultimate rejecting of Joshua and Caleb’s proposal to possess the land in spite of the abundance in the land, resulted in Israel’s 40-year trek in the wilderness, plus forfeiting the right to enter into the Promised Land. The excuse was that it was too impossible an undertaking, thereby limiting the Holy One of Israel.
There is a comparable attitude even today among contemporary Christians, including those that excel in spiritual gifts. Even as there is a love to hear the stories and testimonies regarding the great accomplishments of God in the past, there is seemingly no heart to participate in possessing the land for God in our own generation, thereby failing to fulfill the great commission of everyone to hear the gospel, plus the failure of multitudes being delivered from the power of darkness.
There are teachers today who present a report comparable to the ten spies, which says we cannot possess the land, but that we should seek a quick exit from this land via the rapture. We will never get raptured with that attitude! We might even be held over for a wilderness experience of our own, of tribulation, with that outlook. God be merciful!
Suggest surrender, total obedience and perfection, with its dying to self, to most present-day Christians, and you’ll likely get a rebuke rather than “Yes, whatever it takes, let’s possess the land.” How, then, can the following be fulfilled: “And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then the end will come.” ( Mt. 24:14; top )?
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