The way you PERCEIVE the circumstances in which you find yourself or the situations that you are facing will determine how you come through them.
The twelve spies or leaders of the children of Israel who went to spy out the Promised Land all saw the same things, all saw the same sights. They all saw the same fortified cities, the same giants and the same armies of the Canaanite nations. However, two of them saw it in a totally different way than the other ten. Two perceived it the way God saw it, and the ten perceived it through the eyes of natural experience or through the eyes of their own ability. Because their eyes were bad, the rest of their behavior (or as Christ Jesus said, “their whole body’) was the same. They spoke with their mouths and responded with their actions in a manner contrary to the will of God or God said their report was “evil” or “bad”. Numbers 14:28-30 shows the results of their wrong perception. God said:
“Say unto them, as truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness: and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, doubtless you shall not come into the land concerning which I swear to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun”.
What caused them to speak in His ears that which would cause them never to see what He promised them? It was how they PERCEIVED what was before them. Question, how do you see your future? They did not have the prophetic vision; they had their own vision. What they saw was what they spoke. They saw it not through God’s eyes, but through their own limited natural ability.
In order to come through the wilderness victoriously, we must see things the way God sees them. The children of Israel already had been complaining for more than a year before God sent the spies into the Promised Land. Their vision was already bad and all restraint was cast off, so that by the time God allowed them to see the land that flowed with milk and honey, they rejected it.
Those who see only the wilderness (and the hardships associated with it) will die in their wilderness. Those who keep their eyes set on the promiser and the vision He has set before them will come through the wilderness as sanctified warriors, ready to take the Promised Land set before them to the glory of God. God is still saying to us today, “There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed”. And as we possess our inheritance remembering that “People Matter”.
Because He Is -I am