FOR MY PART
1 Corinthians 10:6a & 11 NLT These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, …. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
Numbers 13 & 14
Numbers 13:1-2 NLT The LORD now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.”
Numbers 13:18-20 NLT See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.” (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)
Numbers 13: 25-27 NLT After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country — a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces.
Numbers 13:28-29 NLT “But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”
Numbers 14:20-23 NLT Then the LORD said, “I will pardon them as you have requested. But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the LORD’s glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it. But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.
45 years later…… Joshua 13:7-9NLT
I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the LORD, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the LORD my God. So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the LORD my God.’
John 16:33 NLT “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
1. Choose to do right even if you are in the minority OR stand alone
“FOR MY PART” I WILL NOT BE REBELLIOUS, INTIMIDATED OR ARROGANT.
2. Because you obeyed , doesn’t mean you won’t go through some stuff you will not like
“FOR MY PART” I will not stop trusting and serving God even if the challenges are great and intimidating!!
3. When you don’t understand, Believe that God sees something you don’t see.
Romans 4:17c NIV As it is written; I have made you a father of many nations. He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
“FOR MY PART” there are some things I don’t see or understand but I believe God will be faithful!
4. Trusting God to work out what is best for you depends on perseverance.
“Progress with God is not usually in a straight line.” S.F.
Galatians 6:9 NLT So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
“FOR MY PART” I WILL NOT GIVE UP
2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
FOR MY PART …….
-I WILL believe God anyway!
-I KNOW God’s promises WILL prevail!
-I KNOW God will strengthen, comfort and encourage ME as I TRUST Him!
FOR MY PART!