This is what they reported to Moses: “We went to the land where you sent us. It really is a land flowing with milk and honey. Here’s some of its fruit. But the people who live there are strong, and the cities have walls and are very large. We even saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev. The Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the mountain region. And the Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and all along the Jordan River.” Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall. We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that’s how we must have looked to them.”  –Numbers 13:27-33

“What you want is on the other side of your fears.” – John Maxwell

It’s important to understand why so many people aren’t experiencing life on purpose. To be honest, it’s not an accident. It’s on purpose by someone who doesn’t want you to be who God has created you to be. The first part of John 10:10 says, the enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy. I would add if he can’t kill you, he’d love to distract you. The only thing that might be worse than dying is being caught dead alive. To go through life only to find out we were never truly living.

The good news is we serve a God who has conquered death and who has power over the enemy. The challenges we face are real and are most often rooted in fear. One of the enemies’ greatest tactics is using fear to keep us from what God has for us.

We see this all through scripture and in the lives of the Israelites. Ten said no, and two said to go into the land God had promised. In this case and in many cases, the numbers don’t tell the full story. What God wants is often different than what most of the world desires. God’s plans are so much bigger and different than we can imagine.

Fear causes us to deny our faith. Fear causes us to question the goodness of God. Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from the breakthrough God has for us. Ultimately, fear caused an entire generation to miss out on the promise of God.

We all have fears; it’s part of being human. The journey to experiencing God’s future for our lives is to understand what we fear and why we fear. We can’t change what we aren’t aware of. My guess is the barriers you have experienced to living on purpose are rooted in fears you have.


Take some time to identify and write down your fears that are keeping you from all God has for you.