More than Grasshoppers?

More than Grasshoppers?
There we saw the Nephilim (or giants) the sons of Anak, who come from the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 13:33 (AMP)

school house clip artWhen I began teaching school, the experts impressed upon me the importance of establishing discipline—immediately. Below is some advice I received.
Be consistent
Plan for more than the day’s length
Be firm but friendly
Be confident
Don’t use the principal as the first resort for discipline
They must see you in charge, their all-knowing, capable leader.
This formidable approach is rewarded with their respect.
The principal is the last resort
Fake confidence in a sticky situation
Don’t smile for six weeks! (Oh, yes, I could so do that one! Ha Ha!!)

I was in trouble. I saw myself as a grasshopper. I loved to smile! However, I came up with a brilliant plan—imitate other teachers I admired.

Mrs. McKee was very soft spoken. One could hear a handkerchief drop in her classroom. Oh, I’ll be like her. After one day I hung my head.
Mrs. Casey was firm, strong, brimming with confidence and everything—Iconfident bird clip art –was—not. My firmness lasted through the Bible lesson which was my favorite subject and first subject of the day.
I was in turmoil. I was terrified of twelve First Graders. They were not giants either. I speak the truth!
I prayed daily for wisdom and finally heard the Lord.

“You must believe who I say you are. Keep my words, My truth ever before you.”

emoticom with drooping muscleFor me, this was an extreme measure. I had to go beyond and above everything my mother had warned me about pride. The humble route was easy for me. Below is a sampling of my fabulous support system.

You’re nothing. You’re made to submit to unkind words. This is who you are and if you ever want to have peace in your soul you must agree with the fact of your nothingness.

Thus my new journey of confidence began. I would stand at the front of the classroom, looking as twelve little ones, (why did I cower?) and tell myself how wonderful I was!

I’m the best thing that ever happened to these children. They are blessed to have me. God placed mebatting eyelashes here for them to succeed, etc…

I tell you the truth—and it worked because I said what the Lord said. He became my confidence—His Word—my shield and sword.
This new adventure really placed a kink in my mind but it was absolutely necessary for life—abundant life.
FaithHow we hurt the Savior when we say His blood isn’t enough to make us righteous, make us lovable and worthy to approach Him. This is what I had done. I had to repent.
My students never trembled or fell at my feet but they obeyed and respected me and knew I loved them—and I did. I loved children and loved teaching them and watching them discover how smart they were. That was my greatest joy!
Growing in the confidence of God’s love and of the worth and value He placed on me is a never ending, amazing journey. It has changed my life!

The opening scripture came from the Book of Numbers.
“There we saw the Nephilim (or giants) the sons of Anak, who come from the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 13:33 (AMP)

The Israelites took their eyes off God. Too quickly they forgot His miraculous provisions and supernatural interventions. They dismissed the fact that the Almighty treasured them. Fears of the giants were there constant companions; intimation their daily bread. These reflections on their inadequacies projected inferiority. Their enemies saw them cower in this cloak of lowliness and despised them. No one placed that label on God’s people. They hung the sign on themselves. It was there for all to see.

GRASSHOPPERS!

 

 

 

This truism came to pass, “They were their own worst enemies.”
Not only did they take on the mind set of looser/grasshopper, but when they returned to the rest of 40God’s chosen army they chucked the same label on them. Discouragement sped swiftly through the camp and the land of promise, the dream which God had for His set apart ones, was shelved for forty years. How unfair to others. How they limited the Holy One of Israel—oh how they broke His heart.

“Yea, they spoke against God; they said,
‘Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?’”
Psalm 78:19

Is Father’s heart grieved today because you deny His favor and love for you? Does the devil throw a Neon heartparty because you believe a lie, believe you’re a grasshopper; believe the blood of Jesus doesn’t make you holy, clean —good enough? (Hath God said?)Do opportunities pass your way because you huddle in a pit of self- destructive words and thoughts? Is the bait of comparison bringing you to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and handing you death?
It is time, precious daughter of the Most High, to repent of your words and thoughts. It is time to agree with the King of Glory whose might and power has made you white as snow and called you great, called you—His!
Jodi at Shine 2014The Almighty has given you a field to plow. There’s a harvest awaiting your care. Souls waver in the valley of decision. Put on your beautiful garments, daughter. Put them on, walk into your destiny and take your land!

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4 Responses to More than Grasshoppers?

  1. Jo February 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    You are the best thing that has happened to multitudes!

    • admin February 11, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you,Jo for that special Word. I am going to put it on my label. Your words are a source of great encouragement! Thank you, dear Jo. I love you,
      Margie

      Words of encouragement from our friends and family should be placed on our label. Dismiss the naysayers.

  2. Dr. Michelle Bengtson February 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    Margie,
    You inspire me! You inspire me to become all that He has chosen and destined for me to be as His Daughter of the Most High God. You inspire me to not settle for anything less than intimacy with the Father. You inspire me to boldly proclaim truth.
    Put that on your label – you should have no naysayers.
    Much love and appreciation to you Dear Margie! Hope Prevails, Michelle

    • admin February 16, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      Dear Michelle, You are a sword in the hand of the Lord. The inspiration you receive is from your Father. The Holy Spirit is forever drawing you to Himself that you may hide in His approval. It is there, in the secret place that vision and purpose is birthed. It is there all wounds are healed and the soul is lifted to the heavenly places. No intruder has access to your secret place with the Almighty. If only the doubting Israelites had bent their ears to hear and trust God’s spoken word as Joshua and Caleb…oh how different the story of their life. I love you, Margie

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