Promises and Problems
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4You have probably heard the saying, "Anything worth having is worth fighting for." More often than not, a battle precedes a blessing. This was the case with the Israelites when they visited the Promised Land for the very first time after four hundred years in Egypt's bondage. They saw the prosperity and the provision, but as with anything in life, they also saw the problems standing in the way of the promise. Now, as then, we cannot get the promises without dealing with the problems.
For Israel, the problem was a group of men known as "the sons of Anak." They were giants! Ten foot tall giants! They were known for being great militant warriors arrayed in brass, bearing shields of gold and silver, swords of mass destruction, and zeal like a lion. The children of Israel, on the other hand, were nomads, absent from military experience. They did not know anything about fighting. They wanted to possess the promises, but they could not escape the fact that there were giants in the land.
Many of us have been waiting for the giants of our life to get out of our way, but without a fight they remain.Like the Israelites, you view your Promised Land-your grapes (the blessing) are before you-then you look again and the giants (the problems) are staring back at you.
If you want what God has promised you, then you must become obsessed with the grapes. What you will look at the longest will become strongest in you life! So focus upon the "grapes" of your life and realize if you do not fight, you will never possess them. What are your "grapes"? Make a list of them and begin to declare war on your giants.
"Problems vanish when promises are pursued."