Deuteronomy 1:21-22 “See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” 22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us…”
God never told Israel to spy out the land, he said to possess the land. When God gives you a command to take something, don’t play around questioning God’s word. If God said it, do it.
Too many people spy around God’s promises. A spy is only used when there is no trust. Spouses spy because they don’t trust. The government spies when there’s no trust. Insurance companies spy when there’s no trust.
Like the old hymn says, “trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”. Stop spying and start possessing. You don’t have to pray about what God commanded. If God commanded it do it.
Every commitment you ever make to God will be challenged. Your faith, your ministry, your marriage, your children, your giving, every commitment. Satan will tell you anything you desire to do for God that it can’t be done!
But remember Satan is also a liar. Israel knew it was a good land, and they knew the promise of God. But they would not go in and possess it. Don’t spy out what God has already given you, take hold of it in Jesus’ name.
Pastor Allen and his wife Molly have been pastoring Praise Tabernacle for 20 years.
Having grown up in Canada as the son of a pastor, he began pastoring over 34 years ago. Before graduating college, he met Molly, his wife of 35 years, at school. Together they have pastored in Canada and Maine before coming to RI.
They also have raised two children, Margo and Levi. Margo is married to her husband Devon Philbrick, and Levi is married to his wife Gilannie.
Margo and Devon have a baby girl named Petra. Levi and Gelannie have two beautiful girls Gia, and Zoë, ages 2 & 3.
As the Rhode Island director of Christians United for Israel, Pastor Allen strongly supports the State of Israel. His strong desire is to encourage people in their faith and to tell unbelievers that God is their friend and not their enemy.