Luke 20:20 Spies Among Us

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. Luke 20:20

It is common for nations and major businesses to have spies. They use the spies to seek out information on their enemy. The information gained is used against their enemies or competition to overcome them.

Those who work as spies pretend to be sincere and someone that they are not. Their overall goal is to find weaknesses and faults so that they may win the power.

As Jesus was speaking, the teachers of the law sent spies trying to catch Jesus in something false or bad. This was done to get him locked up or killed by the authorities.

Although the world does not always call them ‘spies’, there are spies sent by the world among believers all the time. People attend some churches just for the sole purpose to find something wrong with the believers.

In many nations, where Christianity is illegal, there are people sent in as spies to home churches to try to find out who is a believer and what they are doing. They appear to be sincere about wanting to follow Jesus, but then once they get their needed information, they turn and people are jailed or killed.

Other nations, like America, has people who come in to find faults against them, to prove Christianity is ‘bad’.

Every believer must live his life in such a way that the world will see that he is true to God and His word. Outside of following God’s word, the believer should never do anything against the law of his land. He should never give the spies something to hold against him.

People are watching you as a believer. Some are trying to see if you really are who you say you are. Others are trying to trap you in your words or actions.

Walk your life in such a way that you honor God in all that you say and do. Let there never be an occasion in which the world can hold something against you. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and guidance, so that you will not be tripped up by the crafty words of the world.

The world is out to stop you, don’t let them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will reveal to you the spies in this world; that you will walk and talk as Jesus did; and that the world will not be able to find any thing against God in you.

Joshua 2:8-9 The World Will Be Afraid

Afraid

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.” Joshua 2:8-9

Joshua had sent some men into Jericho to spy out the city in order to take it over. They stayed with Rahab, a prostitute, who protects them. She tells them that everyone in the city has heard of the Israelites and that God is with them. Everyone was living in fear of the Israelites.

The people had reason to fear the Israelites. Word had been brought to them of the various battles that they had been in and won. Defeating Egypt and several other large nations and kings, they were a force to be reckoned with and feared.

In today’s society, Christians are also feared as the Israelites were. The world does not always understand or give the same reason, but they fear believers. It is very common for believers to be accused of hate crimes, because they are taking a stand against sinful acts that the world wants everyone to accept.

Judgments are brought against individual believers or churches, because they refuse to accept or participate in a sinful act.

These actions by the world, though seen as persecution (and it is), is also done out of fear. They fear that Christians will cause them to change their ways and beliefs, that they will no longer be able to live as they want to live. It is a threat against their lifestyle.

The world feared Jesus also, even though He never did anything harmful. Jesus just lived for God and did what God told Him to do.

When you are fully living for God, the world will begin to fear you. As they fear you, there will be some who fight back and bring on persecution. Others will try to bring judgments against you.

Do not be afraid of the world, but stand strong and true to God’s word. God is with you and will not leave you. God, who is in you, is stronger than the world. The world does have a reason to fear, God will change their lifestyle.

Be willing to be a witness of Jesus to this world. Be willing to change this world for God.

Does the world fear you? Or are you on their side?

I pray today that you will live your life for God; that you will be a witness to this world; that the world will see Jesus in you; and that God will remove fear of this world from you.

Numbers 14:29 The Heavy Price Of Complaining

“In this wilderness your bodies will fall–every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.” Numbers 14:29

Moses had sent twelve spies into the land of Canaan to spy it out. They came back with a great report of bountiful crops, flowing waters, and plenty of land, but they also feared the people of the land. All, except two, said they could not take the land. They got the people to believe that it would be unwise to take the land.

At that point the people complained that God brought them up out of Egypt only to let them be killed in Canaan. Since they grumbled to God about what He was doing, God decided to destroy them. After Moses intervened, God chose to let them wander in the wilderness till the people over the age of twenty had died. None of the adults present would get to step into the land of Canaan.

People love to grumble and complain. There are some people who love it so much, that no matter how good something is, they will find something to complain about it. These people are pessimist. They love to see the negative side of everything, and will let everyone know it.

When there is a challenge in front of you on the path God has called you to, you must be willing to face it. As you face that challenge, you must remember that it was God who put you in that position. Since it was God who put you there, He is the one who will get you through that situation.

Complaining and grumbling will discourage yourself and others. It also shows a lack of trust in God. God is in absolute control of every event that occurs in your life. There is nothing great or small that happens that God is not aware of or does not allow to happen.

You must be willing to trust that God is in control. Don’t complain. It won’t do any good. God may listen to your complaining and put you on another path that will cause you to miss what you had coming.

Do not miss the Canaan land God is trying to bring you into because you chose to complain against God. Trust God and go forward in His strength.

I pray today that you will trust God’s leading; that you will not complain about the path you are on; and that you will allow God to lead you into your Canaan land as a victorious believer in Jesus.