At the Foot of the Promise 8-26

Guest Speaker: Bri Sherman

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Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached.

Numbers 13:31-14:10

Intro

God has called each and every one of us to something.  Israelites to the Promised land and you

  • 1 Peter 2:9But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.”   (TPT)
  • Are you taking steps into your promise?  Or are you standing at the foot of the promise because the giants in your way seem too impossible to overcome?
  1. 13:32-33 – all the people we saw are men of great size…to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.
  • There will always be giants.
  • Because God wants to show off! If…
  • His glory

Everyone’s giants look different.  

  • difficult people, negative nancy’s who say it can’t be done or personalities that you just don’t want to work with so instead of stepping into the promise you try to go a different way.  
  • a job issue, a time issue – too many things to be done, too many plates to balance, and not enough hours in a day so you refuse to step into the promise because it would be just be adding too much.  
  • financial issue or a security issue – you can’t step into the promise because it would mean losing the income and stability you currently have.  
  • God is waiting for you to take that step of faith, to overcome the fear…  
    • His glory!!

We forget…

The Israelites were *this* close.  

    • with their focus on the giants in the way, they completely lost sight of their higher calling…  
    • looking at the past with rose-colored glasses.  – Egypt would have been better they say. Did they forget that they were slaves??
    • Instead of pursuing the promises of God…slavery
    • It was only 1.5 years ago!!  
    • Did they forget how angry Pharaoh was when they left? 
    • What would it really be like to return!?!  

 

 

We do the same thing.  We forget. We start glamorizing It was easier we say…  

  • Did we forget what it was like stuck climbing someone else’s ladder to reach “success”?  
  • Did we forget what it was like to try and fill the void of God’s calling…
  • Did we forget what it feels like to not have meaning or purpose, to be surrounded by people and feel utterly alone?

Start grumbling against the Lord – Vs. 3 – Why did he bring us this far to die by the sword?  

  • Did they forget His mercy, His grace?  
    • Red Sea
    • Provision – manna
    • Presence – fire & cloud

Do we forget His mercy and grace?  His provision? His presence?

  • How often has the Lord given you more than you deserve?  How often has He made a way where there seems to be no way?  How often has His presence flooded your soul?
  • And yet we forget.  He couldn’t possibly do the same again… examples…
  • We forget that He can.  That He already has…

We start to justify and ignore…

Even good things can get in the way of God things.  In vs. 3 the Israelites justify, “Our wives and children will become plunder.”  

  • Forget, Good
  • Family time, self-care, ministering to others, stewardship, spending time with unbelievers, providing for your family – those are all GOOD things.  But…

They didn’t ask Moses and Aaron to lead them back.

  • They wouldn’t
  • God and His leadership wouldn’t bless

How often do we not seek Godly counsel because we already know what the answer would be and we don’t want to hear it…

  1. 6 – Joshua and Caleb, who were among those who scouted the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite community: The land we passed through and explored is an extremely good land.  If the Lord is pleased with us he will bring us into the land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and give it to us. Only, don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them.  Their protections has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!  
  • tore their clothes = grief
  • They were desperate to save them from making a grave mistake.
  • couldn’t remain silent even though it wasn’t asked for.

People’s response?  Anger. They threatened to stone them!!  

  • When our hearts are set to do something and Godly counsel tells us otherwise…
  • How dare they think they know better!…  They knew that what Joshua and Caleb said was true.
  • the very people that were speaking truth into their lives (because they loved them) quickly became the enemy.  

We Walk Away…

In the church.  

  • DIVORCE EXAMPLE, OFFENSE…. a giant in the way of the promise.  
  • The enemy will use whatever he can to keep us from stepping into our calling…
  • be willing to hear and follow the instruction of the Lord and leadership…

Too often when things become difficult, people seek leadership/counsel elsewhere…they find someone who will agree with them, who will lick their wounds, and they walk away – to a different leader, a different church or even a different religion (or lack thereof).

The Israelites did.  In Nehemiah 9:17, we read that they didn’t just talk about appointing another leader, they DID appoint another leader.  

They refused to listen

and did not remember your wonders

you performed among them.

They became stiff-necked and appointed a leader

to return to their slavery in Egypt.

Consequences.  Numbers 14:32- 33: 32 But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years and bear the penalty for your acts of unfaithfulness until all your corpses lie scattered in the wilderness.

  • never got to see the promise fulfilled.  Because…
  • Furthermore?  Their children were punished

How many of those in the Church

  • unwilling to face the giants in their path?  Unwilling to make the changes that need to be made?  To quit the job? To have the tough conversation? To adjust the budget?  To sell the car or the house or the boat? To sacrifice their “free time?”  
  • Look around you…
  • It is time to make the changes…sacrifice…trust…
  • The Lord is with us – do not be afraid! Believe and step into the calling, step into the promise!

We are not alone…

Your pastor cares deeply for you. As well as others… Moses and Aaron, though the mob was raging against them, remained.  

  • vs. 5 – Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole assembly…
  • Posture of prayer.  
  • Even when you grumble, even when you justify your actions, the leadership here is in prayer for you.  Praying that…
  • the glory of the Lord would fall on this place…

YOU are standing at the foot of the promise.  We all are. There are giants before you and you have a choice to make.  Will you forget?  Justify? Walk away?  Or boldly step forward into His promises?  His calling?

But you must obey…you must do what He is calling you to do, you must take the next step.

Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to listen

and did not remember your wonders

you performed among them.

They became stiff-necked and appointed a leader

to return to their slavery in Egypt.

But you are a forgiving God,

gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and abounding in faithful love,

and you did not abandon them.

 

He is here.  He is waiting.  He is beckoning.  Come to Him today, enter into His promised land.

Digging Deeper

  • What has God called you to do?
  • What is keeping you from doing what God has asked of you?
  • How have you justified your actions?
  • What has God done in your past to take care of you?
  • Have you walked away from a relationship or a church because they spoke hard truth?

Further Reading

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