What report do you have this year?
Is it a good report or a bad report? Good report is the report that speaks faith. It sees possibility in what seems impossible. It doesn’t consider facts but rely on God’s Word. Only few people have good reports about their situations. It’s no surprising because among the twelve spies that went out for the forty days, only Joshua and Caleb brought good report. They believed that God was more than able give them the Land but the others had no hope. Do you have hope in God?
Many believers claim they believe in God but they doubt if He could turn their situations around. They believe in their doctors more than the Senior Doctor Jesus. They trust in the news more than the Good News of our Lord. They rely on people’s promises more than what God has promised concerning their lives. They pray but they don’t receive because doubts have filled their hearts. They have bad reports about their lives. Bad report is anything you believe (accept, trust) that is contrary to what God has promised. It keeps people in their comfort zones. You are carrying a bad report if you are afraid of the future.
Hear what God said about those who believed in the bad report;
And the L ord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? I will disown them and destroy them with a plague. Then I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they are!” (Numbers 14:11, 12 NLT)
He added that;
But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the L ord ’s glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it. (Numbers 14:21-23 NLT)
What report are you carrying with you this year?
Our God is a faithful God. He is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19 NLT). Joshua and Caleb believed in God. They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the L ord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the L ord , and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the L ord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:7-9 NLT). You’ve got to trust in the God you serve. You’ve got to believe that what God has promised, He is able to perform. I trust He will see you through so Believe in Him. Don’t be afraid of what lies ahead of you because God is with you.
Friend, I don’t know the kind of obstacle you see as you journey to your promise land. I don’t have any idea about the giant that you see occupying your promised land. Your promise land could be your marriage, education, ministry, business, family, health, finance, accommodation, happiness, etc. The type of report you have about your situation will determine your level of faith and how you trust God. It will also determine whether you can achieve your goals or enjoy the milk and honey that flow on the land. When you doubt God’s power to perform, it means you have a bad report. And according to James 1, don’t think you will receive anything from Him.
I believe in this year we are going to have good reports about our lives in Jesus’ Name. Amen.