True insight shows various views people see, hear, think in terms of real knowledge people know and agree on. A true insight presents accurate report based on mindset that affects a person’s self-value, opinion, self-esteem, self-view. Most people knows someone who is really big but believe they are very small so continue eating. Some are very small and tiny yet see themselves as very big so refuse to eat. Others are strong but due to low self-esteem see themselves weak so belittle themselves despite achieving a lot in life. They are doing relatively extremely well, everything seems in place, their needs met yet melancholic and moaning all the time. The biggest person sees themselves as little so eats more because they see think they are tiny. So instead of relaxing to enjoy great accomplishments and fruits of their labour they are obsessed with fear, perfectionism. They lack confidence as nothing is ever good enough to satisfy them. This is state of mind is called distorted perception disorder or body dysmorphic disorder known as BDD, body dysmorphia, dysmorphic syndrome, or dysmorphophobia is a disorder that involves distorted belief of own body. So a thin skeletal anorexia about to drop dead still believes is the fattest person needing to lose weight. Those around watching in disbelief cannot understand why others see things differently. This condition exaggerates reality beyond vision so magnifies circumstances out of all proportions. On the other hand the biggest person insists on buying and squeezing themselves into the smallest clothing size strongly believing that is their perfect size. Soon wear and tear rips clothes they force themselves into because of pressure on the fabric. Those observing pattern of behaviour wonder why they do not seem to see their real shape or size. In contrast, the smaller size clothing squeezed into actually magnifies their size so it seems they wore a younger sibling’s clothing 3 sizes down. This is why it is difficult to get through to some people because their point of view is distorted from their reality. This means the brain malfunctions sometimes so the persons’ perception is distorted. Some people may misunderstand this symptom as negative attention seeking. Some need therapy and others in extreme cases require clinical treatment by qualified doctors giving them medication to correct congenital defects. In everyday life, listening to loved ones, nearest and dearest in humility and trust helps to change low self-esteem into high self-esteem. Those rooted in Christ in God hold onto word of God to increase self-confidence to build up correct vision perspective on life. Others are really petite but believe they are obese so refuse to eat properly. Often loved ones become helpless onlookers who tried everything to help in vain. Many seek help on behalf of such people so intervene by contacting organisations and trained personnel to help correct their thinking, actions and behaviour. On the surface family members feel betrayed because they have done their best to support that person yet things gets worse. Eventually, some have treatment enforced against their will to help them survive and overcome self-destructive ways. So recover and go onto lead successful lives and help others recover. Such low self-esteem image is recorded in the bible in the story of 12 spies who felt small in their own eyes.
In the bible in Numbers 13:1-33, 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”17 When Moses sent them 40 days to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they walled or fortified? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land during the season for ripe grapes. 21 So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin as far as Rehob, toward Lebo Hamath. 22 They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. in Hebron built 7 years before Zoan in Egypt. 23 When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. “And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.“26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 “And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.” Only 2 people out of the 12 spies, Caleb and Joshua, recognised God’s Great Abundant Supply of 1000’s of Blessings and Provisions awaiting as God already prepared the land to give to them. These 2 people focussed on God’s Grace and Mercy so willing to obey God. The other 10 spread false rumours to create confusion gossip to torture themselves emotionally with fear in agony so distracted from God’s Purpose for their lives. They trusted in their own human abilities than put trust and confidence in God. So said, 28 Nevertheless the people are strong giants that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.” So the men that went up Caleb Joshua said, we are not able to go up against the people for they are stronger than we.”And the 29 Amalekites living in the land of the south Negev: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains near the hill country and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.”30 And Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. So we should go up at once and take possession of it for we are able to surely conquer it.”31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us. They were in shock, disappointed, hurting in pain, distress imaginable, in shrieks, tears and lamentations by reflecting on misconstrued view of the promised land. Their personal point of view blew true reality out of all proportion to focus on distorted perception as downtrodden, easily thrashed, defeated, powerless victims of enemies. So became vexed and offended in sorrow, they murmured against Moses and Aaron who wisely approached the Lord. Instead of appreciating God with gratitude and heart of thankfulness, they looked back with discontent and unbridled madness. They wished rather to die as slaves in bondage under God’s justice rather than freed people in liberty as conquerors in God’s Favour. Instead of going forward to Canaan they prefer to go back into slavery in Egypt. God’s Greater Powerful Miracles of crossing the red sea was already wiped out memory to seek own ruin. God’s Who Led them by Cloud in the day and Pillar of Fire at night fed them manna not remembered any more as God. As a result of bad negative report in Numbers 14:1-9. That night all the people in community raised their voices and wept aloud throughout the night so did not sleep or rest all night. So spent night weeping and crying at the thought of forthcoming perceived circumstances. People wept all night due to 10 spies’ repeated dismal news report yet no giant is bigger than LORD GOD JEHOVAH ALMIGHTY. “32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size giants. 33“There also we saw the Nephilim the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim; and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Despite Joshua and Caleb’s excellent 2 minority report, the 10 majority of the 12 spies brought up evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, the land, through which we have gone to search is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. “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.”The grasshopper mindset that accompanied Joshua and Caleb, presented a distorted version of the exact same events witnessed and experienced together. Each leader of own tribe spread report swiftly through the tents in Deuteronomy 1:27. Like Chinese whispers with ever-increasing exaggerations, the lamentation spread like wild fires so became universal. They believed the majority false report than trust in the genuine minority report that they conceived after entering the land. Instead of preparing and getting ready to possess the land, wore themselves out emotionally by fear reducing the magnificent Image of God’s creation into grasshoppers. They saw themselves as grasshoppers, miniature, insignificant, little creatures, sure enemies saw them as grasshoppers too. Their own false sense of body image was projected onto enemies as fear overwhelmed them so much they were sure their enemies read their minds. Locusts consume their own weight of vegetation each day so swarms of millions strip crops bare in hours. The 10 spies did not know grasshopper devastation power destroys acres of land in hours. So all grumbled against Moses and Aaron with whole assembly so said they preferred to die in Egypt or in the desert. 3 They complained, why is did the LORD God bring us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”No matter past Victories God Won for them, they forgot all about it so did not trust God. Jehovah Nissi the Mighty One in Battle who Gives them Victory because the battle is the Lord’s. So assumed their imagined problems complained about in conquering Canaan was worse than returning to Egypt. Mankind is helpless and hopeless without God especially by designing their own distorted perception of God’s Reality. The world needs God more than ever to heal minds and hearts to change so every place and condition in this world is subject to change of God’s Authority. God said, “How long will these people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? “I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they in Numbers 14:11-12. Because of their rebellion and unbelief during this test of faith, God threatened to destroy the entire community of Israel instantly and start all over again with Moses. God gave Moses same opportunity in Parasha Ki Tisa when the people God delivered from bondage worshipped a golden calf instead of God in Exodus 32:9–10. The most humble man on the face of the earth, Moses refused to accept God’s offer to replace Israel then and now. Instead, he appealed to the Lord’s merciful nature, asking to forgive the people the same people who railed against Moses and Aaron and threatened to stone Caleb and Joshua just a short time earlier. Moses reminded the Lord: “The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, … Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now in Numbers 14:18–19. Moses appealed to the Lord’s reputation as a God of integrity who is able to do all that He promises: Moses told Him: “If the Egyptians hear that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people but you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, ‘It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land He swore to give to them He killed them in the wilderness in Numbers 14:14–16. Because of Moses’ intercession and appeal to God’s reputation and merciful nature, God relented from completely destroying the entire nation of Israel; nevertheless, He decreed judgement on those who refused to trust in God the way Joshua and Caleb trusted in God. “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me 10 times not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it in Numbers 14:20–24. The entire generation of ages 20 and up who had just been counted in the census would not enter the Promised Land they so feared instead, they would die in the wilderness. But Joshua and Caleb would live to enter the Land. So low self-esteem grasshopper mindset cost them destiny because they said the prefer to remain in sin bondage slavery, fear, despair. Yet God made us bigger stronger in Christ as more than conquerors.
The Only Way to better life to make easier to live in peace and better the condition is to get mankind’s spirit in line with God’s Spirit. God’s Purpose requires better frame of mind of Christ Jesus. Turning to God through Jesus is the answer to personal salvation instead of running away which fatal consequences of a sinful course. Those who live and move in Christ in God know and understand to live is Christ. For the believer must be bold and strong for the LORD God Who Leads by faith is with us according to Numbers 14:9. So God demands people to put Confidence in God as stated in Numbers 14:9. God’s Protection Covering is through Blood of Jesus Name for salvation and eternal life. God is with us in Jesus Name so do not be fearful of any perceived giants in Numbers 14:9. Neither be afraid of the people of the land because of perceived fear of being swallowed by them. The Name of the Lord God is a Strong Tower Of Protection so do not be afraid of them because God blesses all who Fear and Reverence God in Christ Jesus in Numbers 14:6. Joshua and Caleb stood firm so believed God is Able to deliver from enemy though the majority lifted up voice and cried. God felt betrayed and let down because they did not trust God to deliver them from the perceived giants. So God punished them according to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the LORD have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die in Numbers 14:34. They soon forgot the Great God of the down trodden hates people suffering travesty injustice so saves and delivers in Jesus Name. God brought His people out of slavery in Egypt so no Israelite was to become a permanent slave of another. In the year of Jubilee, all were to be redeemed and released because, God says I AM the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so you will no longer be slaves to Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke to enable you to walk with heads held high in Leviticus 26:13. In Micah 7:19, God will again have compassion on His people so thread all sins underfoot and iniquities into the depths of the sea. As God’s new creation in Christ through Brit Chadashah New Covenant, sealed with Ruach HaKodesh Holy Spirit on Shavuot Pentecost 50 days from Passover, Yeshua HaMashiach Jesus the Messiah is our spiritual Jubilee. In Christ, all debts are cancelled so redeemed us from slavery, any kind of oppression and empowered us to walk in holiness with our heads held high. Halleluyah! The Bible says, “In Christ we live and move and have our being in Acts 17:28. No matter what God is in control and always delivers on time in Jesus Name.
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