Is everyone else better than you? Have you become so little in your own eyes? That’s the quickest way to destruction. In the last chapter we saw how a fake humility can kill the gift and the carrier of the gift. You will see even more damaging evidence in Numbers 13

God directed Moses to send spies into Canaan. God’s intention was to give them a passion for the land so they can go in and take possession. Before this time none of these Israelites have been to Canaan. So the promise was just a promise. It was just a prophecy from God. It could come true someday but the reality of it happening NOW was lost on them.

If you have followed God long enough you must be aware of that feeling. You must have come to that spot where you do not doubt the prophecy of God on you, but you just don’t see its reality yet. You believe that you will have that child according to the declaration of the man of God, but its occurrence seems so far away. You desire for some sign that will reassure you. This visit was to be that sign of reassurance that when God said it is a land flowing with milk and honey, he was not just speaking figuratively. 

Moses selected the leaders – men who had proven in times past that they are reliable and their judgment can be trusted. They toured the land for 40 days. The land did not swallow them. They met with giants who did not question their mission or threatened to kill them. They harvested grapes that they did not plant and no one challenged them. Then they went back home with their report.

*30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.*
*31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.*
*32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. Num 13: 30-32(KJV)*

They gave an evil report of a good land. It was not the way the people saw them, it was the way they saw themselves. 

*33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Num 13:33(KJV)*

Life is like a supermarket. The price you put on yourself is the price people pay. They saw themselves as grasshoppers and so they were. 

What was the end result?
Numbers 14 gives the full verdict. God swore that not one of them will enter that Promised land. They all died in the desert like grasshoppers. 
See verse 28: 
*As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you.* Num 14:28

Friends, stop talking down on yourself. It is not humility. Celebrating your giftedness in Christ is not pride or arrogance. It is a declaration of your confidence in the giver of the gift. It is making room for God to show up on your behalf in a mighty way. Joshua and Caleb proved it. They were the only ones exempted from the death that struck the congregation.

Watch the thoughts of your head concerning yourself. Mind the words you use to describe your life, your circumstances and your gift. 

Don’t shush yourself. There is no cure for that.

Dear Lord, break the spirit of discouragement that threatens to swallow me. Remove from me this feeling of inadequacy that makes me look incompetent and unable to perform at my peak. You are the one that gave me the gifts and talents I have. Grant me the grace and courage to use them (no matter how little) to the glory of your name and blessing of humanity. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

(c) DON'T SHUSH ME
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