SCRIPTURE: NUMBERS 13:26-33 14:1-
OPENING: In our scripture text God has brought the children out on 430 years of slavery, delivered them across the RED SEA, Destroyed Pharaoh and PROMISED THEM A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY. When they got close to that Promised Land MOSES sent out 12 spies to go spy out the land and bring back a report. The 12 all saw the same thing, yet 10 came back with BAD REPORT AND 2 Gave GOOD REPORT.
CALEB AND JOSHUA came back with the good report. CALEB said ” Let us go up at once and take possession for we are well able to overcome it”.
JOSHUA SAID ” The land we passed through is an exceedingly good land and If The Lord delights in us then He will bring us into the land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey!
About 3500 years later we still see the same 2 groups of people among GODS CHILDREN( the church)! You have the Grasshoppers ( the fearful)and The Giant Killers( Faith filled)
Let’s look at some signs we see about ” Grasshoppers” and ” Giant killers ” today !
5 differences between GRASSHOPPERS and Giant Killers
1) GRASSHOPPERS Always have a Spirit of rebellion: in numbers 14:11 THE LORD SAYS TO MOSES” How long will these people reject ME” That word reject comes from the root word ” Rebel” ! IT IS SPIRIT OF REBELLION TO AUTHORITY” and it is always mask in deception. Looks good on the outside but stinks on the inside! Never willing to fully surrender to leadership. Always throwing stones( verbally and physically) v 14:10
GIANT KILLERS ALWAYS HAVE A SPIRIT OF OBEDIENCE TO GODS WORD :V30
THE LORD IS THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM THE PROMISE LAND . We are Over COMERS ! Romans 8: 31
2) GRASSHOPPERS ARE ALWAYS FEARFUL: Always giving bad reports v 31 ” we are not able- always focused on their own abilities
Always see the problems and never the promises.
GIANT KILLERS ALWAYS ACT IN FAITH. GOD SAID IT I BELIEVE IT THAT SETTLES IT! ONLY 2 WENT INTO THE PROMISE LAND !
3) GRASSHOPPERS Always create NOISE ” So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried and the people wept that night” Misery loves company!
Pr18:21 says Life and Death is in the power of the tongue
Pr10:19 says ” When words are many, transgression ( SIN) is not lacking”.
GIANT KILLERS KEEP QUIET! JESUS SET THE EXAMPLE IN JOHN 14:30
4) GRASSHOPPERS Always need a Intercessor: v13 ” And MOSES said to The Lord”. MOSES was faithful to the people. HEBREWS 3:5
GIANT KILLERS WORK WITH THE INTERCESSOR TO ENCOURAGE AND EXHORT! HEBREWS 10:24. Stir up LOVE and GOOD WORKS
5) GRASSHOPPERS NEVER PRAISE ALWAYS POUT! Numbers 14:10-
GIANT KILLERS ALWAYS PRAISE Numbers 14:6
GOD INHABITS THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE PSALMS 22:3
” And at midnight PAUL and Silas were praying and singing praises to GOD AND THE PRISONERS WERE LISTENING TO THEM.
HAVE YOU ENTERED INTO REST! Grasshoppers never REST! Let’s become GIANT KILLERS TODAY! LETS DECIDE FROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD WE WILL BE GIANT KILLERS FOR THE LORD. In Everything GIVE THANKS