September 25, 2021

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Reliance: The Good Report

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Excerpts from numbers, 13 and 14, and the Lord spoke to Moses saying sin men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I’m giving to the children of Israel from each tribe, have their fathers. You shall send a man, every one, a leader among them. Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, go up this way into the South, go up to the mountains and see what the land is like. And they returned from spying out the land. After 40 days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the wilderness of Parana Kadesh they brought back word to them and to all of the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land.

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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.

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And they gave their children of Israel or 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 come from the giants. And we were like grasshoppers in our own sight. And so we were in their sight. So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried. And the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron. And the whole congregation said to them, if only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this wilderness, why is the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword that our wives and children should become victims?

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Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt? So they said to one another, let us select a leader and return to Egypt. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel, but Joshua, the son of nun and Caleb, the son of Jeff Huna, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes. And they spoke to all of the congregation, have the children of Israel saying the land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us a land which flows with milk. And honey only do not rebel against the Lord nor fear the people of the land for their bread.

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Their protection has departed from them. And the Lord is with us, do not fear. And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel. Then the Lord said to Moses, how long will these people reject me? And how long will they not believe me with all the signs which I performed among them. I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them. And I will make a view, a nation greater and mightier than they and Moses said to the Lord. Then the Egyptians will hear it for, by your might. You brought these people up from among them and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They’ve heard that you Lord are among these people that you Lord are seen face to face and your cloud stands above them.

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And you go before them and a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Now, if you kill these people is one man. Then the nations, which have heard of your fame will speak saying ’cause the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land, which you swear to give them therefore he killed them in the wilderness. And now I pray that the power of my Lord be great. Just as you have spoken saying that the Lord has a long suffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving inequity and transgression, but he, by no means clear the guilty visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation, pardon the iniquity of this people. I pray according to the greatness of your mercy, just as you have forgiven this people from Egypt, even until now, then the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word.

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But truly as I live, all of the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. ’cause all these men who have seen my glory in the signs, which I did in Egypt, in the wilderness. And it put me to the test now these 10 times, and if not heated my voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected me. See it. But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed me fully. I will bring in to the land where he went and his descendants shall inherit it. Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the Valley tomorrow, turn and move out into the wilderness, by the way, have the red sea.

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And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, how long shall I bear with this evil congregation? Who complained against me? I have heard the complaints, which the children of Israel make against me say to them, as I live says the Lord, just as you have spoken in my hearing. So I will do to you, the carcasses of you who have complained against me shall fall in this wilderness. All of you who were numbered according to your entire number from 20 years old and above, except for Caleb, the son of Jeff Huna and Joshua, the son of nun, you shall by no means and to the land, which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones who you said would be victims, I will bring in and they shall know the land, which you have despised.

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But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness and your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness 40 years. And bear the brunt of your infidelity until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land 40 days for each day, you shall bear your guilt one year, namely 40 years, and you shall know my rejection. I, the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against me in this wilderness, they shall be consumed and there they shall die. Now, the men who Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complaint against him, by bringing a bad report to the land.

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Those very men who brought the evil Report about the land died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua, the son of nun and Caleb, the son of Jonah remained alive of the men who went to spy out the land. Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel and the people more into greatly. And they Rose early in the morning and went to the top of the mountain, saying, here we are. And we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised for. We have sent and Moses said, now, why do you train? Yes, the commander, the Lord for this will not succeed. Do not go up. Lessee, be defeated by your head. I mean, he’s for the Lord is not among you for you Amalekites. And the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword because you have turned away from the Lord.

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The Lord will not be with you, but they presume to go up to the mountaintop. Nevertheless, neither of the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, nor Moses departed from the camp, then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain, came down and attack them and drove them back. As far as hormone, God give us discernment and wisdom in this hour, give us faith and strength in this moment. Give us an eternal perspective and provide us with the full measure of the Holy spirit that we need to represent you to stand firm and to be your people in this generation, Lord, there is a good report and a bad report.

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And I pray Lord that your people would hearken unto the voice of The Good Report that comes from you. Lord. I pray that there would be a window of opportunity opened where you are with us and where our efforts to establish the proper and true worship of the one. True God is able to be properly established in this generation, in this country. Lord, I pray that you are with us and that we would obey and follow your lead and pursue Lord be establishment of the true nature of the freedoms and rights that you and only you afford us.

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God, we pray for evil to be defeated for corruption, to be exposed for the truth, to come to light for people to be delivered for deception, to be annihilated for lies, to give way for the power of the enemy, to be broken for sins, to be forgiven for people, to be saved for miracles, to be performed for your name, to be lifted up. Lord, we pray for divine intervention, divine intervention in general circumstances, as well as in the hearts of your people. Lord only you can do this only you can guide and steer open doors, closed doors, win the victory, exert your power.

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You, Jesus are ruling and reigning and you’re waiting for a good report from your people. We love you, Lord. We bless you. We thank you. We are grateful for you for your cross, for your salvation, for your holiness, for your righteousness, for your majesty, for your worthiness. You are Holy Jesus. And we praise you in all circumstances in all of the situations and at all times in your precious name, amen. Have you been listening to a good Report or to a bad Report? In this example, the consequences of believing a bad Report were dire.

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It was a matter of life and death and The Good Report versus the batter Report did not have anything to do with our own perception naturally. And rationally of the situation it had to do with obedience to God or disobedience to God. There was a promise that the Lord had given there was a promised land for the people of Israel. There were a multiplicity of precedent, miracles, and times of forgiveness, where the people had grumbled against the Lord and still had been carried, sustained, maintained, and had seen incredible unprecedented acts of miraculous intervention from the red sea to the plagues on Egypt, two, the provision of manna one after the other, after the other, after the next, and still when a bad report comes, people listen to that rather than to The to Caleb and Joshua who testified that it doesn’t matter what size the enemy is.

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It doesn’t matter how strong we perceive them to be. It doesn’t matter who we think they are. All that matters. If is whether or not God is for us. And if God is for us, who can be against us, what weapon can prosper against the armies of the living. God, when people stand up and understand their place and their role, and give glory to God for the victory. And this is the formula, this is the model. This is the picture. This is the paradigm. This is what we see replaying itself in our day.

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In our time, there are those who would look at the situation surrounding what is to come in this nation and across the world. And they give in to the bad Report well, there’s nothing. There’s nothing that can be done. We’re just going to have to grin and bear it. You know, even if I know that bad things are going to happen, that is the way that it is. And people justify this through many different avenues, all manner of reasoning, but there is a good report, a good Report about the triumph of truth, the destruction of corruption, the exposure of evil, the battle that we are already in the midst of a battle that you were born into, like it or not, you didn’t have a choice in the matter, because this is the global cosmic universal battle for souls, for eternity.

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And it’s playing out on a very specific battlefield right now. There is a digital battlefield that is shaping up and has been in preparation for many years. It is a battle for control of key institutions at the geopolitical level between the United States and China, and at the spiritual level between different divisions, different factions, good and evil, writ large. This is a real battle. It is ongoing. And our job as people who are trying to make the right decisions for ourselves, for our families.

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And even more broadly, we have to in this moment choose to be obedient to the will of God, which means you need to know the will of God, which means we need to be able to hear the still small voice of the Holy spirit, which means we need to be in prayer, which means we need to be in the word. We simply cannot afford to get this wrong. We cannot afford to roll over. And perhaps I’m speaking to people who are ready, have this steadfast and full measure of devotion, the people who are all in and I’m telling each and every one of you that, that all in decision must be made on the side of the will of God.

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And of course, people will interpret it in different ways. And so you can’t go by what people say, you have to go buy what the Lord says, the inner witness of the Holy spirit, the word of God, seeking his face in prayer. You have to have an actual relationship with God in order to be steadfast and on a firm foundation in this moment, if you do not, then you will be tossed to and fro as so many are right now, this is an information based battle system. This is a psychological war. It is not fully kinetic yet.

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And as we think about the tit for tat the legal situation, as it pertains to the election, the political situation, the economic situation, the cultural situation, the conditioning that’s taking place, the health situation, all of the above, be immense complexity of everything boils down. Once more, once again, to the simple statement, the simple question, the simple test of obedience, if you are in a position where you can say the Lord is for me, the Lord is with us.

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If the Lord is with us, there is nothing that can effectively stand against to bring to not those efforts is the Lord is against us. There is nothing that we can do in order to accomplish our goals. And God help us. If the Lord is against us for then there is no way to prevail and people have different interpretations of this, but the interpretation that matters the most is the interpretation that you get directly through your relationship with God, through your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, your savior and your Lord.

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Now it’s true. You can listen to the people who are providing a report that the Holy spirit witnesses to you is from the Lord, but we have to be extremely discerning. In these times, lest we fall into the same trap that the Israelites fell into, where there is a good report, a report that says the Lord is for us and that we can win. And our reaction is as a people that we should stone. Those who have provided that Report that we have castigated defamed dismissed.

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That Report why, because of conflicts with our own understanding and our own Report. But if one Report is based on the will of God and the other Report is based on the will of man, then we better be casting in our lots with the Report of the Lord with The Good Report because we don’t know exactly how everything is going to play out, but we must be courageous enough to not fall into the same trap. We have this biblical lesson, we have this example that boils everything down to a simple decision. You are either going to say yes to the Lord, or you’re going to say no to the Lord.

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And we need to be constantly in his presence constantly saying yes to the Lord. Because if we do that, if we, as a people actually walk through the door that the Lord I believe has opened according to his will, then we can see freedom. We can see revival, we can see a harvest. We can see corruption destroyed. We can see the plans of evil setback. We can see a generation preserved. We can see this country saved. And God forbid, we look around at this scenario, listen to an evil Report and shrink away and turn our EIR against those who brought a good report.

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So take this as you will. I pray that the Holy spirit would Quicken these words, these brief words, and that your time spent in numbers would be properly used. I’m afraid that the Lord would Quicken your spirit. Two, the intensity, the fervency and the importance of this moment, if he has not already done. So chances are you understand what’s at stake here, and chances are, you’re relatively. Well-informed about the dynamics of what’s going on, but perhaps you’re in a situation where your information sources for a long time that you have used for a while, that you have relied upon and grown to trust are disappointing you in terms of the coverage, in terms of the content, in terms of the effectiveness, anything that is not aligned with the will of God, in connection with a good Report in this moment, I believe has to go.

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It has to be out of your life. ’cause the primary front that this battle is still being fought on is still informational. It’s legal, it’s geopolitical, it’s strategic, it’s all of the above, but it’s in the information domain first, rather than a kinetic warfare domain, it’s spiritual and it’s informational. And so you have to make a decision. Do I want to continue giving my time, attention and other resources potentially too, someone or some entity who is not pulling in the right direction, or do I want to participate in a different way?

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This is, of course is not to mean that we should put ourselves in a position to be naive. We should put ourselves in a position to understand what the stakes are too. Get the will of the Lord and to run with that, regardless of who comes with us or not. Because God forbid, if we believe the bad Report abandoned the will of God and then end up making the decision, Oh, well, now we should, we should stand up. Now we should actually do something. When that window closes, God forbid, let us demonstrate our faith by taking practical action, to avoid listening to voices who are delivering frankly, a bad report based on something other than an understanding of the will of God, our theology matters here.

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Our spiritual position matters a great deal. The facts on the ground are up for debate. And as we go on, we’re going to in the near future, get additional clarity here. But what is not up for debate is that the Lord’s will, can be found. The still a small voice to the Lord can be heard. God’s word is alive. And it tells us that we need to be extremely wary about disbelieving, a good report that is in concert with the will of God.

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Now we are of course, in a different situation than the Israelites in numbers, after the Exodus in the wilderness, on the steps of the promised land. But we still see this dynamic. So whose report will you believe? As for me, I will believe The Good Report because I believe it to be in line with the will of God. I have made many of these changes to the information that I consume in order to make sure that I am properly informed, properly centered, standing on the right kind of foundation.

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And ultimately my first and foremost duty is to make sure that I am following the Lord where he leads and that if the Lord is for us, we apply our focus, our energy, our pressure, everything we can bring, bring to bear to following through on The Good Report of the Lord. So make careful decisions in this moment about who you believe about what you listen to him about what you take in and about what you do. This is a historical moment or a hinge point, and we all know it as always. We are going into freedom or we’re going into tyranny in a very stark ways, but the fight is on the battle is a foot do not fall to the side because of a bad Report alone.

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That is a standard tactic. It’s something that you will have to deal with again and again and again and again, in an information battle, field information has been weaponized. We should not be surprised that this is the case. This is modern or fair, but regardless of how current the tools are, regardless of how advanced the techniques are, the ultimate force at hand is spiritual. The spiritual warfare aspect of this is immensely important, and you need to guard your soul guard, your mind, guard, your heart guard, everything the best way to do that.

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So I spending time with the Lord through prayer, through his word, through fasting, et cetera, get to God, find his will and follow it. That responsibility falls too each and every one of us lest we be left languishing for an entire generation, even for 40 years when we had a door open and didn’t walk through it only because we refuse to believe The Good, Report, don’t be fooled. Don’t fall immediately into cynicism because it may just be a trick.

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It may just be warfare that is being conducted against you. It may be exactly the is objective. So what to do instead, believe God seek God, obey God, praise God in Jesus name. Amen.

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