2017 – MONDAY 23 JANUARY
TURNING A BAD REPORT INTO A GOOD REPORT
The twelve spies who returned from spying out the promised land were all in agreement in their report.
They reported five significant observations.
ONE PROMISE AND FOUR PROBLEMS
ONE PROMISE – The land is indeed as God promised – overflowing with good things in abundance.
PROBLEM 1 – There are huge walled cities.
PROBLEM 2 – There are Giants in the land.
PROBLEM 3 – The people are fierce and warlike.
PROBLEM 4 – The land is mountainous and inhospitable.
God concluded that the spies returned with a bad OR EVIL report.
A BAD REPORT is when you exalt the problems above your God promise.
A GOOD REPORT is when you exalt your God promise above the problems.
Ten spies chose to stay with the bad report – but two spies – Joshua and Caleb chose to turn the report into a good report.
HOW DID THEY DO IT?
1. A report is made good by the SPIRIT you give it.
Either a spirit of faith in the promise – or fear of the problems.
DON’T LET YOUR FEARS INVADE YOUR SPIRIT.
2. A report is made good by the CONCLUSION you give it.
BAD – We are grasshoppers in their sight.
GOOD – We are well able.
FORM A GOOD GOD CONCLUSION AND STICK TO IT.
3. A report is made good by the COMPANY you give it.
Joshua and Caleb clung together urging each other to see the promises of God above the obvious challenges.
FIND PROMISE KEEPERS AND HANG OUT WITH THEM.
4. A report is made good by the LOCATION you give it.
BAD – Bad reports are always hidden in the churning minds of fearful people.
GOOD – Good reports are always hidden in the hearts of believing people.
KEEP THINKING OVER YOUR PROBLEM AND IT WILL DESTROY YOU
Caleb brought a report according the God word he had hidden in his heart.
ANY REPORT CAN BECOME A GOOD REPORT.
Take responsibility to do three things
A. NATURISE – give it your nature and spirit of faith.
B. CULTURISE – create a God support culture around you.
C. STABILISE – stabilise your emotions and actions and become deliberate in your behaviour – think and act – according to God’s promises to you.
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