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Summary: What is the difference between a wanderer and a worshipper? Skeptics who fail to possess the promise, and people who trust in the faithfulness of God? This sermon explores the story of the 12 spies who surveyed the promised land, and the characteristics

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Wanderers or Worshippers

08-22-04

Num 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

Num 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Some scholars enumerate 10 occasions where the people of Israel tempted God since the exodus, others point out that 10 is a measure of completeness, as though to say, "That’s enough!" Grace has been stretched to the breaking point, your disobedience is complete!

How did it get to this? These are people who have just recently experienced the power and provision of God unlike any other people in the world.

1. Passover Deliverance (preceded by the 10 plagues)

2. Red Sea Experience (they became a nation)

3. Manna from Heaven (supernatural provision)

4. Water from the Rock (satisfied their thirst)

5. Victories in Battle (divine protection)

6. Promised an Eternal Inheritance (the Promised Land)

They, like us today, were truly BLESSED!

1. Christ, our Passover Lamb, set us free. (1 Cor. 5:7)

2. Baptized into Christ and His Body, a New creation in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17)

3. Jesus is the Bread of Heaven, giving life to the world. (Jn. 6:33)

4. Jesus offers us Living Water (John 7:37)

5. He Spoiled Principalities (Col. 2:15) and gives us triumph (2 Cor. 2:14)

6. Christ in us, the hope of glory!

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Is it possible...

To run the race...and be disqualified?

To fight the good fight...and simply beat the air?

To confess Jesus as Lord...but hear Him say "I never knew you"?

To be on the path...but miss the purpose?

What is the difference between a Wanderer and a Worshipper?

Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Joshua and Caleb were the only ones (2 out of twelve) who believed God could do what he said he would do.

They didn’t doubt God’s POWER. He is ABLE to perform it.

They didn’t doubt God’s PROMISE. He is FAITHFUL to perform it.

They didn’t doubt God’s PURPOSE. He is WILLING to perform it. (Sometimes we believe in God’s ability and faithfulness, but don’t believe that we fit into the equation. We must get a fresh understanding of how we fit into God’s master plan. This is a revelation of God’s goodness in our lives.)

Caleb, along with Joshua, were men of a different SPIRIT. These were men who "followed God fully." They were men given completely to God, who believed like Abraham that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

To demystify this biblical language, Joshua and Caleb were worshippers. The other ten, and most of the children of Israel, were wanderers. "Another spirit" is indicative of a different mentality, an opposite attitude from the majority, grounded in different values and loyalties.

Pastor Hendricks spoke recently of this reality in his message, "Getting rid of the Egypt Mentality." The people of Israel had been in bondage for over 400 years, and it was a constant challenge for them to cast off the mentality of a slave. They were defeated, discouraged and destitute.

Hope, optimism and freedom were alien and abstract concepts to their way of thinking and their way of life.

Time would reveal that it was far easier to take Israel out of Egypt than it was to extricate the Egypt out of Israel. But extricate it we must! God has not redeemed us so that we would live defeated lives! He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly!

Daniel was a man with "an excellent spirit" even though he lived as a prisoner of war under one of the most ruthless regimes in world history. Is it possible to live in Babylon without becoming Babylonian? YES! We are to be IN the world, but not OF it!

We are challenged over and over in scripture to strive for that more excellent spirit. The Bible says,

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