God had told Moses to send men to explore the land of Canaan. Send one man from each tribe and see how things are there. I have already given you the land but I want you to see the best route. In doing this they learned a lot about themselves and the land. You will find a lot of things about people when you break new ground. –Scars like badge of honors through life’s challenges. Some heal well other’s don’t as much. - Today we will talk about a new beginning. Faith or Fear. They are the opposite of each other.
Darkness – light, faith – fear found in Numbers 13:25-33. New year is almost like a new job. You don’t know what to expect. It’s a new journey. We charted our course out by trusting in him and we knocked out fear with faith (met good people but learned how to sustain ourselves by faith.
The people just came out of Egypt a land of taxation and slavery. Through this time they were supposed to have learned more about God and become closer to him. Moses was brought up and was a deliverer. They were going to a place – a place called “there” A place where they were going to enjoy life. This 2016 can be your year to come out of bondage. You’ve been fighting a good fight but never could get past that hump to go to the land called there.
God told Moses: to send out men to search to entire land. God’s all about giving you an abundance. It’s up to you go up and possess the land.
2 sam 21:16
The report: 12 spies went to Canann. They reported to the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Bragged about its fruit but reported that the people are stronger. “We be not able to come up against the land.” It eateth up the people.
If God says he’s going to give you something, he will give it to you. All you have to do is show up. Get some back bone.
They had no land, they were living in the wilderness. You would think that they would have perked up but that’s not the case. They had nothing but the clothes on their back. You go tell Israel I have some land I want to give you but before you do scout it out. Their report, was that it’s a good land but we can’t have it.
They chose to retreat and were condemned to 40 years of wandering throughout the wilderness.
The cities were surrounded by high walls 20 ft thick20 ft high. Scouts they are men that are formidable. But these giants struck fear in the hearts of most of the scouts. They couldn’t see the big picture for looking at the obstacles that were ahead of them. They lost their blessing because of fear. Only Caleb and Joshua were able to see their blessing. They didn’t let fear interrupt their faith in God. Truth can’t be measured by the numbers. It remains unchanged because it is guaranteed by God. Caleb was a man of faith maybe not a man of great faith but a man of faith. Caleb had faith in God. He knew what God could do for him and the people. Look back on the positive side how God brought you from this obstacle and that obstacle. We find out that Caleb remembered and he had confidence in God and in his people. They were able to conquer but they had to stay in agreement.
You can’t doubt God. He has given you some land in this new year. He has something special for you in this new year. Don’t doubt his presence. He will speak to you in dreams, in a way that he hasn’t spoke before. Don’t be like the doubt peddlers. God spoke through Moses: because you who rebelled against me you will not go into Canaan land. They wanted to change their mind but God said not so. They couldn’t go in because God already judged them. How he blesses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Only Caleb and Joshua.
Planning for the future of 2016. Great things will take place. Take it step by step, day by day. Day and time I pray this lord. Don’t try to outrun others do your pace. How great is our God. They tremble at his voice. God has something for me and I’m ready for it. It may seem big but God will give you the ability and strength to overcome. I am more than able to conquer this thing. A new year for great possibilities for you and me. In all our ways acknowledge him and he will direct my path.