Stay Fearless In Your Obedience Num. 13:26-28, 31; 14:6-9, 17-23 (HCSB) Dec. 18. 2011
Today Christians who are evangelistic in their demeanor and aggressively try to talk with people about the
Lord will get some who put them down. You know Josh McDowell, now a Christian apologist, was being witnessed to by a Christian lady at a beach in California. He said to her, “I am not interested in religion.” She shocked him by saying, “neither am I?” Then as they talked she shared about Jesus.
1. Stay Fearless Follow the . . Promise of God. Num. 13:26-28, 31
A. Follow the Promise and Enjoy the . . Fruit of the Promised Land
26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
27 Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and
honey, and this is its fruit.
B. Follow the Promise and Do Not . . Fear the Fortification of the Cities.
28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large;
moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are
stronger than we."
We must ask ourselves if we have a promise from God, and then, if we really want to obey it. The people in the text got their eyes off the promises of God and on the size of the enemy and the fortifications of their cities. In spite of the testimony of the spies they needed to follow God and believe His promises. The availability of quality fruit and cities that flowed with milk and honey they, still allowed fear to replace faith. How many times have you or I allowed our fears to dictate our actions? Have you ever acted in spite of fear and allowed your faith in the promises of God to lead you to victory and the joy that comes from such experiences? Let us stay fearless and follow the promises of God?
2. Stay Fearless Follow the . . Plan of God. Num. 14:6-9
A. Follow the Plan of God and Enjoy the . . Plenty of the Good Land. 14:6-7
6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the
land, tore their clothes;
7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to
spy out is an exceedingly good land.
B. Follow the Plan of God and Enjoy the . . Protection Promised by God. 14:8-9
8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their
protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
Does God know what He is doing? If so, then His plans are to be followed. The spies reported a land of plenty. It sounded like just the place we would want to live and raise our families. Have you ever lived through what we refer to as, “Slim Pickens.” My wife and I had some times like that during our seminary days.
We depended on the protection promised by God and look back on those days as happy times. If we focus on the plan of God and His promises; we are headed for a blessed experience that we can share with our children and grandchildren.
3. Stay Fearless Enjoy the . . Power of God. Num. 14:17-23
A. Enjoy the Power of God Demonstrated in His . . Pardon He Gave. 14:17-20
17 And now, I pray, let the power of my LORD be great, just as You have spoken, saying,
18 'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no
means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.'
19 Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have
forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now."
20 Then the LORD said: "I have pardoned, according to your word;
B. Enjoy the Power of God Demonstrated in His . . Prerogative. 14:21-23
21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD--
22 because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness,
and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,
23 they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected
Me see it.
Does God forgive but still allow us to receive the consequences of our sins? If we have lived a sinful life and then come to Jesus we will receive a pardon but the effects of our sins may still be on our body. God emphasized to the people His forgiveness, their pardon over their sin, but then expressed His prerogative to keep them out of the Promise Land. You know that even Moses died in the wilderness although the Lord allowed him to get a look at this land before he died. Sometimes I use a simple illustration of my being in a car wreck where I received permanent injuries. The events surrounding the wreck were caused because of sin. Today I have scars even though I have been pardoned. I believe the Lord is entitled to His prerogatives and recommend everyone, Stay Fearless In Your Obedience.