“40 And they rose up early in the morning, and got them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord has promised: for we have sinned.
41 And Moses said, Wherefore now do you transgress the Commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper.
42 Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that you be not smitten before your enemies.
43 For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword: because you are turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you.
44 But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.” Numberss 14:40-45
Presumption will cause you to transgress the Commandment of the Lord. It will lead us to places where the Lord is not with us and we are overtaken by the enemy.
The Promise Land was indeed promised to the Israelites but it was conditional…just as all of God’s Promises are conditional. The condition of God’s Promises are faith; faith in the Cross of Christ; in His Redemption Plan to secure us according to His Will and His Ways. There may be giants in the way but they are bread for us. If the Lord leads us to them, their defense has departed as He is with us.
Presumption does require faith in God but presumes His Promises are yes and amen without the condition of faith in His Prescribed Order of victory. God’s Promises ARE yes and amen to those who follow His Will and have believed the Cross of Christ paid a high price for our victory over the world, the flesh and the devil and that no matter the circumstances, Jesus Christ will be glorified. Sometimes those promises will reveal our weakest parts so that His strength may be made perfect. No matter the case, it is our job to believe God; to believe the Cross of Christ is sufficient for ALL of our needs according to HIS riches in glory…not just those things that our carnal mind can comprehend.
Because of presumption, the Israelites marched up to the Promise Land in disbelief and the Lord was not with them; the cloud had not moved from the Ark of the Covenant. Their presumption caused their defeat.
Consider the report of which you hear. Is it a report of faith or a report of unbelief? Has the Lord told you to go there or has your carnal mind presumed God’s Will because you could intellectually comprehend the circumstances?
If you have found yourself in the wilderness, presumptively following your own will, it is not too late to repent and turn back to God…to His Prescribed Order of faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus. It is not too late to see the Hand of God move on your behalf. The Holy Spirit wishes to overtake those parts of our lives we have not yet surrendered to the Lord but will not do so until we willingly give Him the latitude to do so by purposefully placing our faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified to supply our needs according to His riches in glory. He is able to supply. He will send the ravens and supply us the manna. He IS the Bread of Life for us who believe.
Presumption is not faith. God cannot honor presumption. He honors His Son. He glorifies Christ Jesus. Submit unto His Redemption Plan and see the glory of the Lord. His Arm is not shortened.
“23 Jesus said unto him, If you cant believe, all things are possible to him that believe.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help You my unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24
The Cross of Christ is sufficient. Trust Him no matter the circumstances.
-Donna Clark Warren