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Sermon Summary Sunday’s sermon dealt with the great tragedy of allowing doubt, distraction, fear and negativity to stop us from pursuing our God-given vision and dreams. Israel is right on the edge of the Promised Land. This promise of God to them is something that would have been capturing their hearts, minds and imaginations and now it was before them. Tragically, most of the people would never see the Promised Land. Instead of believing in and pursuing the vision and promise that God had given them – and that Joshua and Caleb reported was within their grasp – they followed the evil of negativity and the bad report. As a result, the people ended up in the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land Do not let the devil defeat you. Do not live a life in the wilderness with low expectations, low joy, and unpursued dreams. Pursue the dreams, goals and ambitions God has given you and don’t let anything stand in your way.
Verse 9Joshua and Caleb are working hard to counteract the negative report and to get the people to pursue what God has provided. Will they hear God through Joshua and Caleb? Will they listen to the word of God?
Verse 10 This is a sad verse. Instead of being reminded of God’s truth and promise, the people“go all in”. Joshua and Caleb spoke the truth, BUT the people refuse to hear it. They want to kill the bearers of the good news! (sound familiar)
Verse 11God makes some things clear in this verse. When we move according to God’s direction, those people who try to stop us are in rebellion against God. It feels like they are against you but they are really against God. That is a bad place (for them) to be. Let God fight your battles!
This text is a great example and a great tragedy. The people had the Promised Land (their vision, their dream) before them. There were obstacles but God was with them. They let their fear and doubt consume them to the point that they would not hear the truth and failed to pursue their dreams. Don’t let these things defeat you. Defeat them and pursue what God has for you!