SCRIPTURE: NUMBERS 14:24, JOSHUA 14:6-12
TEXT: ” AS THE LORD SAID”
OPENING: WHAT TYPE OF A SPIRIT DO YOU PORTRAY? YOUR SPIRIT IS REVEALED BY YOUR WORDS AND YOUR ACTIONS? TEN SPIES HAD FEARFUL SPIRITS AND INFECTED MILLIONS! Old timers had a saying, one bad apple could spoil the whole barrel”. The BIBLE SAYS ” lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by this many become defiled”.
DEUT 29:19 says that the person with root of bitterness actually says in their heart” I shall have peace even though I follow the dictates of my heart! As though the drunkard could be included with the sober” The spirit of bitterness will always deceive you!
THE SPIRIT OF BITTERNESS ALWAYS COMPLAINS AGAINST THE WAY GOD IS DOING THINGS BECAUSE THEIR ” PRIDE” tells them how it should be done !
THE 10 spies knew more THAN GOD! Look at the instructions MOSES GAVE!
WHAT THEY FORGOT WAS THEY ” were under authority not IN authority”
WHEN WE REALIZE ” HUMBLE OURSELVES” and realize we are under AUTHORITY NOT IN AUTHORITY WE WILL PUT OURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE GOD CAN BLESS US ” FOR GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE! GRACE BRINGS LOVE AND FAITH ( 1 Tim 1:14)
GOD DIDNT ASK THEM TO GO OVER AND COMPARE THEMSELVES TO THE PEOPLE. A HEART NOT FOCUSED ON GOD AND HIS WORD WILL ALWAYS FALL INTO THE COMPARISON TRAP!
WHAT MADE CALEB DIFFERENT?
1) HIS FAITH : HE BELIEVED GOD. ” not just in God he BELIEVED GOD!
” WHEN YOU BELIEVE GOD YOU WHOLLY FOLLOW GOD”. ( josh 14:8)
FEAR MELTS THE HEART, FAITH STRENGTHEN THE HEART!
CALEB was a man that had the attitude GOD SAID, I BELIEVE IT – THAT SETTLES IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CALEB AND JOSHUA BELIEVED GOD!
MEN AND WOMEN OF FAITH ARE ALWAYS HUMBLE! LOOK AT V 10,” And now BEHOLD the LORD HAS KEPT ME ALIVE AS HE SAID FORTY FIVE YEARS , EVER SINCE THE LORD SPOKE THIS WORD TO MOSES! ”
HE BELIEVED THAT WHAT GOD SAID HE WOULD DO! 45 years later
2) HIS FIGHT : ” HERE I AM THIS DAY , 85 yrs old, AS YET I AM AS STRONG THIS DAY AS ON THE DAY THAT MOSES SENT ME JUST AS MY STRENGTH WAS THEN SO NOW IS MY STRENGTH FOR WAR, BOTH FOR GOING OUT AND COMING IN! READY FOR BATTLE!
ARE YOU STILL READY FOR BATTLE? ARE YOU FIGHTING EVER DAY ?
THE FLESH. VS THE SPIRIT. TRUTH VS the Lie! LOVE VS HATE!
ROMANS 8:5- 11
IF YOUR NOT PUTTING YOUR ARMOR ON EVERYDAY YOU DONT BELIEVE YOUR IN A FIGHT!!!! JESUS IS OUR ARMOR! All about JESUS
3). HIS FRUIT:, ” HEBRON THEREFORE BECOME THE INHERITANCE OF CALEB”
You will never have an ” INHERITANCE ” as Long as you walk in Fear and frustration !
CLOSING: WHAT KIND OF A SPIRIT are YOU PORTRAYING TODAY?
SPIRIT OF FAITH- FIGHT- FRUIT ? Or FEAR-FUSTRATION-FRUITLESS