Summary: Over the next few wed. nights we are going to look at some events found in OT concerning Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promise land and I trust together we can discover some truths that we can apply to our life concerning our attitudes.
ATTITUDES IN THE WILDERNESS & TODAY
adopted from the book: LORD, Change my Attitude (before it is too late)
by James MacDonald Pg 19-26
We Are Often living in a Spiritual & emotional Desert w/o realizing it.
Over the next few wed. nights we are going to look at some events found in OT concerning Israel’s journey from Egypt to the Promise land and I trust together we discover some truths that we can apply to our life. Before beginning our journey in the OT, Let’s look at I Cornithians 10
In V1 -4 Paul reminds the Corinthian Church that the nation Israel had spiritual guidance and
instruction- pillar of fire by night and cloud by day.
Yet v5- they still disobeyed even in the presence of the Lord .The Consequent of the sin - Death- Death in the Wilderness. Sin caused them there very lives. (Numbers 14 identifies that sin)
V6 - It is to serve as an example to us.
V7 - lust (crave after) both Israel and Corinthian Church
Look at the examples Paul gives- Idolatry -putting other things before God..
V8- Immorality-23,000 fell in one day
V9- MURMURING - SIMPLE COMPLAINING
Do all things without murmurings or Disputing Phil 2:14
Why ? Phil 2:15,16 - tell us it affects our testimony to others.
Simply complaining can harm our testimony, but wait there’s more
Jude describes the Apostates (false teachers) in a four-fold way.-Jude 16
1. Murmurers and complainers -top the list - find fault in others but no flaws in themselves
2. Follow after their own lust - looking to satisfy own desire or craving
Speak evil v8
Even of the things they have no knowledge of- v10
3. Prideful - speak great swelling words (swelling -boasting , puffed up- II Peter 2:18)
4. Manuiate people - using people to their advantage
Ill-Song in 1980’s - using things and loving people - that’s the way it ought to be
Notice : Enoch in Genesis called them ungodly (Jude 14,15)
The destiny of these people.... I Cor 10:10..... destroyed
I cor 10:11 - these are examples to us notice last part of the verse—Ends of the world to come –
That speaks of the last days
These struggles are the same today as it was back then
v 12 serves as a warning -Change before it is to late
v13 reminds us that while we all struggle with sin and relationship walk with God. Be encouraged God provides a way of escape.
WE CAN OVERCOME IT. GOD CAN HELP US BREAK THE PATTERN OF BAD ATTITUDES.
Bad attitudes can lead to a wilderness wandering in our lives. Good attitudes leads to a blessed journey in our spiritual walk to the promise land.
Some may say attitude is not important to God it is our Actions that count. May I remind you where does God look? At our Heart –( I Sam 16:7) he looks at the motive behind the act.
Motive is by definition an attitude of the heart.
Attitudes are important to God.
Numbers 13 the twelve spies return with there report , 10 with bad , two -Joshua & Caleb with a good report. V30-Notice Caleb’s confidence -We are well able to overcome it. Numbers 14:6-9 reveals Joshua’s confidence - Lord is with us fear them not. V 9
Israel’s response v10 - ready to stone them