Summary: The problem with Christians is that when we are faced with problems we look at the size of the problem, we don’t trust God or the power of God. The spies saw giants in Canaan, they could no longer see the promises of God about the Promised Land.

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23 March 2014, Sunday Service

“Faith can remove mountains” Pastor N.T. Ramuhuyu

When the Egyptians were faced with the Red Sea they had a serious dilemma: and they realised that going backwards meant going back to slavery. The way forward was blocked by the Red Sea. They wanted to cross over into the Promised Land.

Then God intervened immediately and helped them and they crossed into the Promised Land. I can imagine the Israelites singing joyful and vibrant songs of celebration, saying My God is able.

Scripture reading: Numbers 13:30-31 NKJV

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 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."

Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

What is faith? I want to demonstrate. I am holding a glass, an empty glass. I am also holding a bottle of Grapetiser Juice. I have poured the juice into an empty glass. Now I am drinking the juice, not the glass. If the glass is empty you can't say I am holding juice. Faith is the substance: the Grapetiser inside results in me being labelled as drinking juice, not drinking the glass. The evidence of things not seen. When I drink the juice I feel good.

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Some people go to certain churches and are given water to drink or ropes or strings to tie around themselves. These people realise that you do not know what faith is but faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

There was this young man Joshua. He began his life in Egypt as a slave. He rose to leadership through faithful obedience to God. Joshua is not his original name; he was given this name by Moses, it means God is salvation. What Joshua did in the Old Testament and what Jesus Christ did in the New Testament are related.

When Moses sent the 12 spies to spy the Promised Land, Joshua was one of the 12. Joshua and Caleb believed that what God has spoken would come to pass just as He had said it. These two are the only ones who entered the Promised Land, because of their faith. The others who had crossed the Red Sea with them, because of disobedience and worshiping idols, made God angry. For 40 years, God delayed them in the wilderness and they ended up dying. The new generation and these two were the ones who entered into Promised Land.

Faith can make God add days to your life. Without faith and obedience God will delay you from entering your Promised Land and He will send you His sicknesses and diseases.

God said to Joshua, Now that my servant Moses has passed on, take these people over the Jordan River. It was summer and we know that the rivers would have been overflowing and that some of the people would have planted crops. Joshua never said God, can't we wait to first harvest what we have planted; God, can't we wait until the Jordan River is lower.

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