Where is Our Focus?

Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. “The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

— Numbers 13:27-33 NKJV

G-d or the Circumstances?

Ten of the twelve men that Moses sent to spy on the land of Canaan were defeated before there was even a battle.

NOTE: While Caleb is the only one that spoke up, Joshua is mentioned twice along with Caleb in chapter 14 as one who will enter in the promised land and one who would not suffer the plague as the other men who brought the bad report. Therefore, while he did not speak, he was obviously in agreement with Caleb.

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His Testimony Goes Before Us and Returns With Us

So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.” And when it rested, he said: “Return, O LORD, To the many thousands of Israel.”

— Numbers‬ ‭10‬:‭35-36‬ NKJV

The ark is the Ark of the Testimony. As I have written before, this is the container that held the items which were things that testified of G-d. The Ten Commandments, G-d’s Word, Aarons staff, G-d’s Power, and the Omer of Manna, G-d’s Provision.

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G-d’s Testimony in Our Lives

“And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you.”

— Exodus 25:16 NKJV

What testimony has G-d given you? Have you placed it in the ark within your heart? Have you placed all the things G-d has told you to place there?

The things G-d told Moses to place into the ark were the tablets of stone that were the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the omer of Manna.

These things were not only to be placed inside the ark, but when the time was right, they were to be taken out of the ark and placed before the ark to be on display for all to see the Testimony of G-d.

These things are a testimony of G-d’s Word, His Power, and His Provision.

The Testimony that we keep in our hearts, should have these three testaments as well. A proclamation and account of His Word, His Power, and His Provision.

A Testimony is not about us, but about G-d and what He has done. When you give the Testimony of G-d, is it about you or about G-d and what He has done? What do you proclaim? What do you give an account of?

For perspective, there is nothing wrong with giving some history, but how is that history given? Is it a proclamation of where G-d brought you from, or is it a story of things you used to do?

We have to remember, no one needs the details of the sinful past. People just need to hear what G-d has done and where He brought you from. G-d delivered the Israelites from Egypt. We can say, “G-d delivered me from…” and fill in the blanks. That is a proclamation of His Work in us. Too many times we reflect on the past and what we used to do, instead on where G-d has brought us to. People need to hear the latter. They already know what the former is like.

Proclaim today what G-d has done for you and give the Testimony of G-d, not of you.

Scriptural Healing

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

— ‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭40-44‬ NKJV

These verses show the balance of scriptural healing. First, the attitude is “If You are willing L-RD.” The leper had no doubt in his mind, no lack of faith, in the ability of Jesus’ power. However, he did understand the sovereignty of G-d.

Second, when the healing comes, you are to say nothing to anyone and get it confirmed. In that day and culture a healing was confirmed by a priest. Today, we get ailments and see doctors. A healing of those ailments are to be confirmed by the doctor. This act is scriptural, as it allows for G-d to be glorified through the testimony of His work. The confirmation by the doctor, as done by the priest in those days, is a validation of the power of G-d. It is not a lack of faith as some teach, but rather an opportunity for G-d to be glorified through that official confirmation that a healing has definitely taken place.