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Courageous - Pastor Mike Stephens
Courageous – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture: Numbers 13-14

Trusting God allows us to step outside of our comfort zone and make a forever difference.

Courageous – Pastor Mike Stephens

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Courageous – Numbers 13-14

  • 1. tasks are supposed to be .  (13:1-2)

13 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

  • 2. courage is getting past the ‘’.  (13:27-33)

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. 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. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31 uBut 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.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and wall the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

  • 3. How I says a lot about what I .  (14:1-10)

14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

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. 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, land the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

Next Steps
Spend some time this week reflecting on the following questions:
1. What would I do for God if I knew I could not fail?
2. Who could I help in Jesus’ name if I wasn’t afraid?
3. How has God prepared me to make a difference?

After you’ve considered these questions, spend some time in prayer. Here is a prayer that might help to get you started:

God, I know you made me to make a difference. Sometimes I get caught up in what I see as my own limitations. Sometimes I don’t feel qualified. But, I want to learn to be courageous for you. I want to see me the way that you see me. Help me to step outside of my comfort zone and trust in your plan for my life. Open my eyes so that I can see all the ways my life will impact others when I realize that, whatever obstacles I may face, none of them is nearly as big as the God whom I serve. Amen.

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