NUMBERS 13:30-32 /6:6-26
MY brothers and sisters since man’s earliest days, wars have been part of the drama. Whether over land,
treasures or love, it is impossible to look over the history of the world and not see man‘s enormous ability
and capacity to fight.
Is there ever a situation in which this type of aggression and bloodshed is pleasing to GOD?
Followers of CHRIST JESUS have been debating this question for centuries. How can we reconcile acts of
war with a GOD who was willing to die a violent death without raising a finger to protect himself? And how
does Jesus coincide with the GOD who ordained Holy Wars in the Old Testament.
Holy Wars-Special, GOD-Ordained war for the taking and holding of the Promised Land, in which GOD
does most of the real fighting.
We can learn, for example, from the constant grumblings of the Children of Israel during their wilderness
experience and wanderings, their continual slipping back into idolatry, and their lack of trust in God. We as
individuals and as the Church should not repeat their mistakes.
They had already failed God ten times of more, but He was still there with them. WHAT DID THEY DO?
1. Lacking trust at the crossing of the Red Sea.
2. Complaining over bitter water at Marah
3. Complaining at the Desert of Sin
4. Collecting more than the daily quota of manna
5. Collecting manna on the Sabbath
6. Complaining over the lack of water at Rehidim
7. Engaging IN idolatry with the golden calf
8. Complaining at Taberah
9. More complaining over delicious food
10. Failure to trust God and enter the Promised Land
But my brothers and sisters, I’m sure that we have fallen back into the mistakes that we make from time to
time, no matter how we try to convince ourselves that we do what God requires of us.
Because I hear us crying and praising God saying, “We fall down, but we get up”, and “OH HOW I LOVE
JESUS, BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME”.
LOOK AT THE ISRAELITES,THEY SAID THAT THEY LOVED GOD AND WOULD FOLLOW WHERE EVER
HE LED THEM,THEY EVEN CRIED OUT TO HIM UNTIL THINGS WERE GOING THEIR WAY AND THEN
REGRESSED TO THEIR OLD WAYS. WHAT ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU GOING BACK TO YOUR OLD WAYS
WHEN WILL YOU STOP “PLAYING” GOD BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT HE WILL NOT GO BACK ON YOU? I’
M TALKING MORE POWER, MORE ANOINTING, MORE WISDOM, MORE UNDERSTANDING, MORE
PEACE, MORE FAITH, MORE PATIENCE, MORE ENDURANCE, MORE FAVOR AND OF COURSE MORE
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE IN THE DESERT FOR FORTY YEARS BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT
OBEY. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE DESERT BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT OBEY?
SO I CHALLENGE YOU THIS DAY TO THANK GOD DAILY FOR WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE AND WATCH
HIM GIVE YOU MORE AS YOU GIVE HIM MORE OF YOU. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE WE JUST
LIKE THE ISRAELITES, “PLAYING” HIM FOR ALL IT’S WORTH AND THEN WHEN HE DOESN'T DELIVER,
WE LOOK ELSE WHERE FOR OUR BLESSING.
WE MUST FOLLOW GOD INTO THE BATTLE AND LET HIM FIGHT IT FOR US. HE HAS GIVEN OUR
LEADER THE BATTLE PLANS, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS FOLLOW THEM AND WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS.
ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN SOLIDER, MARCHING IN GOD’S ARMY? ARE YOU WALKING IN UNISON WITH
GOD’S CHOSEN LEADER OR ARE YOU FIGHTING HIS LEADERSHIP?
CHILDREN OF CEDAR WE CAN OVERCOME OUR SITUATION WHEN WE GIVE IT OVER TO GOD AND
LET HIM LEAD US. YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE IN A WAR FOR OUR SOULS, THAT WE ARE FIGHTING
FOR OUR LIVES.
THE ISRAELITES SOON GOT THE MESSAGE THAT GOD WOULD FIGHT THE BATTLE FOR THEM THAT
HE WAS IN TOTAL CONTROL AND THAT ARE WHEN THEY WERE READY TO CROSS THE RIVER TO
TAKE THE LAND OF THEIR INHERITANCE. ARE YOU READY TO TAKE YOUR INHERITANCE?
A NEW EXODUS WAS TAKING PLACE WHEN THEY CROSSED THE RIVER; THEY HAD NEVER CROSSED
THE RIVER, BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN BORN WHEN THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS HAD
CROSSED THE GREAT SEA FROM EGYPT.
THEY WERE GOING WHERE THEIR ANCESTORS HAD NEVER BEEN BEFORE. WHAT ABOUT YOU ARE
YOU GOING WHERE YOU’RE ANCESTOR HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE?
ARE YOU READY TO POSSESS THE DREAMS AND BLESSINGS OF THOSE KIN WHO HAVE GONE ON
Sermon of the Month
OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH PARALLELS ISREAL’S DEVELOPMENT
As the Father
even so know I
the Father and I
lay down my life
for the sheep.