Summary: This is part 3 of 3. The 1st installment in a 5-sermon series describing God’s Provision for the people of Israel as it applies to His Church today. This installment deals with a Faith that warrants God’s attention & provision or A Faith that moves God
Your Faith Provision-III—Josh. 14:6-15
A young woman brings home her fiancé to meet her parents.
Father invites the young man into his study.
"So what are your plans?" the father asks.
"Sir, I am a seminary student studying to become a pastor," he replies.
"Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?"
"I will study,"—"& God will provide for us."
"And how will you give her the lifestyle she is accustomed to & deserves?"
"I will preach the word,"—& God will provide for us."
"And children?" asks the father. "How will you support children?"
"I will feed the flock—& God will provide"
Each time the father questions, the young man insists that God will provide.
Later the mother asks the father, "How did it go, honey?"
The father answers, "Well, I’m not impressed.
“He has No job... No finances...”
“But what really bothers me is...He thinks I’m God!"
God provides for men & women of faith.
But what kind of faith moves God’s hand?
Caleb’s faith was granted God’s special provision.
Personal faith is granted God’s special provision.
What kind of faith warrants God’s provision?
Faith that warrants/holds God’s attention & provision is...
1. A Bold Faith
2. An Alluring Faith
3. A Feasting Faith
4. A Patient Faith
5. Defiant Faith
6. Complete Faith
7. Rewarded Faith
8—Faith that warrants/holds God’s attention & provision is
RESPECTFUL FAITH(:9-10) Role
:8—“Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the LORD my God fully.”
:9—“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance to you & to your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God fully.’”—Num. 14:24; Deut. 1;35-36
:10—“And now behold, the LORD has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; & now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.”
BUT—?How did Caleb follow the Lord?
1)Caleb imposed his faith within the bounds of his role as spy/informer.
2)Caleb pressed his case, as opportunity arose.
a.)Urged/Advocated following God’s path—As a seasoned & experienced Spokesman.
*Our role as Christians as well!
b.)Pleaded with the sons of Israel.(Num. 14:6-9)
Caleb knew that a majority of Israel must buy in to the prospect.
3)Caleb relinquished his experience with the Lord to the crowd.
Caleb could exert pressure & influence on others but could not enforce his vision.
Moses, Aaron & Joshua had leadership roles. Caleb was a leader among his tribe(Judah), as was Joshua but Joshua had been given charge of the military.
*What happens to your faith in majority rules situations?
Comply wholeheartedly/unquestioningly with the majority & Continue in the faith influencing others OR Compromise your faith?
Govt. decision to regulate Tobacco, Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Pornography, etc...Comply OR Compromise
*Respectful of God’s handling/allowances of the situation