HACK YOUR HABITS
RECAP by Haily Anderson
This series sets us up for learning how to set our 2019 up to unlock a completely new season in our lives. Pastor Samuel Deuth dove right into the word, but first we were reminded that each time you get into the word you need to ask the Holy Spirit to come in and guide you.
He starts off in Numbers where God had just used Moses to free the people from Egypt. They are all traveling to the promised land full of milk and honey. This is such a high point in the Bible where we see God using Moses to set free an entire people. They were enslaved for hundreds of years and are now free to travel to the promised land. While reading through Numbers, we see that their access into the promised land was not as simple as they thought it was going to be. They had to have a change to be granted the access. Numbers 14:24 “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” There was something on Caleb that allowed him to have the access to open the next season God had for them.
Earlier in Numbers 13, God had commanded Moses to send men into the promised land to scout it out. God wanted these people to be leaders of each of the 12 tribes. Out of these 12 leaders most of them are names we do not recognize other than Joshua and Caleb. So Moses sends the men out to scout out the new land that God has promised them.
After they go and check out this new land and find out just how truly great this land they are promised is, they come back to report to Moses and the others. We dive back into Numbers 13: 16-33 where it says, “They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country;and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anakcome from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Have you ever been giving a report, one where you have in mind what the report will sound like? And when your peers start to give it you feel like there are two separate reports to be given because what they are saying is not what you had in mind at all. In this verse, that is what Caleb felt like. He silenced everyone and stated that they could do it. Caleb had a different language, vocabulary, spirit. This difference is the reason they had to wander around for 40 years before entering the promised land. Caleb had to teach his generation how to have a different language about them. God had to help his people change their slave mentality into victory mentality.
Pastor Samuel uses a great analogy here: When your car isn’t aligned and you are just driving back streets it isn’t that noticeable right? But when you jump onto the highway and start to accelerate, your car starts to shake and is hard to control. You fix that by decelerating or you have to go in and get your alignment fixed. It is the same in our lives. God is trying to accelerate us and shift us into a new season! The devil convinces us that in those times of acceleration and bumpiness that we need to back off and slow down. But we need to remember that we just have to get a new alignment! We need to change our language so we can go at the rate that God has planned for us.
We were reminded by Pastor that we are exactly where we’re at because it is where our language has taken us. When golfing and you hit the ball and it slices, our go-to response is that the ball went over there because something is wrong with the ball. We need to notice that the ball went where it was hit. Same with our lives. If we find ourselves in a time that we don’t like, the easy fix is to change our language. We can adjust our vocabulary a little bit and it will create a new direction in our lives. We can build or destroy with our words because we are made in the image of our creator. God started everything with his word and breath.
Speaking life over every part of our lives is how we declare victory! In 2019, let’s surround ourselves with people who declare victory. Don’t decide what your abilities are with your own abilities. We have GOD on our side and behind us, helping us to accelerate towards what God has promised. Our vocabulary affirms the word of our Lord. Through the hardships, we need to speak life into our future and the lives of the people around us.