Exercising Faith While Challenged By Facts, Evans Olang

Numbers 13:30, “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.”

Have you ever tried to exercise faith in a situation where facts were solid? Facts stared you in the eye, closing every avenue of faith that you could not see beyond them? Facts are concrete, they are seen, they have evidence, they have witnesses. On the other hand, Faith stands alone defending itself and speaking in a way that if only it’s hearers would hear it’s voice and see what it sees, it’s hearers would embrace faith over facts. If we let God’s promises mastered by faith break through facts, then the hearer would have a clear understanding that God’s promises always negates facts for something can be a fact and not be true from God’s point of view. I will repeat the words “faith” and “facts” over and over again to drive my point home.

Moses sent 12 spies in the land of Canaan. The facts reported, Numbers 13:27, “…the land … It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit“. Vs. 28, “the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large“. They did not need faith to believe the facts, they needed eyes to see for themselves. Huge problem, 10 spies only came to a standstill when facts stared them in the eye. Facts overwhelmed them that they forgot about the promises of God which was to be exercised by faith. They were limited by facts, but then here comes Caleb who is not denying the evidence of facts, he understands that faith goes beyond facts. He chooses to believe God’s report. His faith is based on the promise God gave to them as the Israelites. Caleb says, vs. 30 “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.

I have had facts stare me in the eye giving faith little or no avenue of escape. Financial challenges are facts along with others, but thank God for His promises are enough to generate faith that negates the facts, Hebrews 10:23 “…He who promised is faithful”, Philippians 4:19, “but my God shall supply all your (my) need according to His riches in glory”, 1Timothy 1:12, “…for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day”. We need God’s promises through the word to build our faith to break through the facts and see the promises being fulfilled. When He gave the promise, He knew there would be facts to challenge faith. The presence of facts is to stretch our faith to believe God even more and believe His report. And now He is giving us enough faith through His Word to challenge facts.

What is your situation this today? Do you know you have what it takes to challenge facts? Whose report will you believe? Blessings Ev

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