Monday, November 18th, 2013
Field Of Dreams (Part 7)
Success Delayers: Doubt
Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the Commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, 'Give us water, that we may drink.'
So Moses said to them, 'Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?'
And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, 'Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?'
Exodus 17:1-3 (NKJV)
If 'Without faith it is impossible to please God' (Hebrews 11:6), then doubters do not please God. If 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1), then doubters do not substantiate their hopes.
If 'We walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), then doubters do not follow Jesus. If Jesus said, 'Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well' (Matthew 9:22), then doubters do not live in the degree of joy and health Jesus promises.
The children of Israel quickly forgot their miracle-laden rescue by God. How is it possible they could believe God would let them die of thirst or starvation after parting the Red Sea on their behalf? Or die of anything? He even made their shoes and clothing indestructible on their 40-year trek.*
Surely, doubt is poison. Perhaps the enemy planted seeds of forgetfulness--and doubt filled in the gap. Their outcome is painful history.
The Bible says 600,000 men between the ages of 20 and 60 left Egypt. By God's decree, 599,998 of them died on the journey. Only Joshua and Caleb made it to the Promised Land: two who did not doubt.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: do not doubt your destiny. If you're wondering why God allows adversity on your path, read Deuteronomy 8:1-5 below.*** Do not allow doubters to steal your destiny. Because the land of promises needs you. Its fans need you.
Millions of innocent kids aren't doubters at all. They're believers. But they're believing the wrong things, and it's costing them their lives. Cover their nightmare with the sweet dreams of Jesus and His true promises. Only the Light can awaken them. You carry that Light.
By faith, stand in the gap for them. By faith, enter the promised land of entertainment.
To Be Continued...
* 'Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years' (Deuteronomy 8:4).
** Moses and Aaron, famous men of faith in God, lost their lives before crossing over to the Promised Land for reasons other than doubt.
*** 'Every Commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His Commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you' (Deuteronomy 8:1-5).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.