Faith and Patience, Part 7
Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
September 10, 2015
Subject
Faith and Patience Series
Description

Romans 15:4 KJV:  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

                                                                  that we might have hope through:

                                                                      1. patience

                                                                     2. and comfort of the scriptures

 

Hebrews 6:11-12 NASU:  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as

to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish,

but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


Last time we met we decreed “I am a co-creator with God through my words!”  This is who we were created to be.  Tonight’s lesson is a reminder that

Proverbs 18:21KJV:  21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:

and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 

God is saying, “I have given into your hands the power, the dominion over death and life through your words.”

 

Tonight we are looking at the fruit of lives that created death through their words and what caused them to miss inheriting their promised land.

Ephesians 5:11KJV:  11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

               fellowship – Greek sugkoinoneo

                                    to share in company with

                                     co-participate in

                                     communicate with; be partaker of

 

We break agreement in the name of Jesus with every lie of the enemy, every ungodly vow we have made, and every unfruitful work of darkness!  I renounce any fellowship I have had with darkness!  I am a sayer of light!  I create life with my words!


 

I. Inheriting the Promises Through Faith and Patience

   A. Our future is in our hearts, deposited and released by our tongues

Luke 6:45 NKJV:  45 A good man out of the good treasure (deposit) of his heart

brings forth (produces)that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure (deposit) of his heart

 brings forth (produces)  that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

   B. We are the chooser of what we inherit by what we deposit, whether for good or for evil.

Proverbs 4:23 NIV:  Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

         1. In the Patience part of our journey, we are staying consistently constant on what God says even while the natural

            realm looks completely opposite.  

         2. As we spend intimate time with the Lord and give Him access to every part of our lives, He is healing and          delivering us from wounds, hurts, fears, uprooting wrong mindsets so that what comes out of our mouths is a

             good deposit and produces good things.

 

II. Examining the Lives of Those Gone Before Us

“Will you stay on the faith journey long enough to see that He is good?”

Pastor Julie

    A. Caleb and the Children of Israel

          1. Their future was in their hearts, deposited and released by their tongues.

             a. When it was time to inherit their promised land, Moses sent spies out to investigate the land that God had                          given them, one from each of the 12 tribes.

             b. 10 brought an evil report and only Joshua and Caleb brought a good report.

             c. Why did 2 bring a good report and obtain their inheritance and the other ten bring an evil report and lose their                             inheritance?

                         --They had all had the same journey thus far and had seen the miraculous acts of the Lord. 

                         --They all had heard the Word of God that He was giving them this good land for an inheritance.

                         --They all “saw” the same thing in Canaan.

                         --Let’s examine their lives to help us learn.

        2. They all brought a report as was in their hearts.

   a. 10 Spies report as was in their hearts:  Numbers 13:31-33 NKJV:  "We are not able to go up against the people,

                    for they are stronger than we. The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants,

                and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.  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."

            b. What was the truth of the matter?  Forty years later when they were at the border again and 2 spies went in                             to scout out the land (Jewish history says one of those spies was Caleb), this is the true report from the                                          inhabitants of Canaan according to the word of  Rahab, the harlot:

Joshua 2:9-12 NKJV: I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that

 all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water

of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on

 the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our

 hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God,

He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

            c. Caleb’s report as was in his heart:  Numbers 13:30 NKJV:  Numbers 13:30 "Let us go up at once and

                                                                            take possession,  for we are well able to overcome it."

        3. Children of Israel’s Deposits in Their Hearts

           What had they been saying all throughout this journey about every hardship? 

           What had they been expecting every time they came to a hard place?

             a. When Egyptians were coming up behind Israelites at the Red Sea, they feared & said:

Exodus 14:11-12 MSG:  "Weren't the cemeteries large enough in Egypt so that you had to take us out here in the wilderness to die?

 What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? 12 Back in Egypt didn't we tell you this would happen? Didn't we tell you,

'Leave us alone here in Egypt — we're better off as slaves in Egypt than as corpses in the wilderness.'"

             b. Murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness because they were hungry:

Exodus 16:3 NLT:  3 "If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt," they moaned. "There we sat around pots

filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death."

             c. Murmured against Moses because they were thirsty:

Exodus 17:3 NLT:  "Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us,

our children, and our livestock with thirst?"

             d. Moses delayed coming down from the mountain when he went up to meet God:

Exodus 32:1, 4  NLT:  "Come on," they said, "make us some gods who can lead us. We don't know what

 happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt."

Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it,

 they exclaimed, "O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!"

             e. Weeping over having only manna to eat & they wanted meat:

Numbers 11:17 NLT:  You were whining, and the Lord heard you when you cried,

"Oh, for some meat! We were better off in Egypt!"

               f. They believed the evil report of the 10 spies rather than the good report of Joshua and Caleb and said:

Numbers 14:2-4 NKJV:  "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. Their hearts continually led them astray, always taking them back to Egypt, to their past instead of to the future,

            instead of to the inheritance that the Lord had for them to possess.  Why could they not believe God’s Word, that

            He had a good plan for their lives?

Acts 7:39-43 NLT:  39 "But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, 'Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don't know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt.' 41 So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made. 42 Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written,

'Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings

during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel?

43 No, you carried your pagan gods—

the shrine of Molech,

the star of your god Rephan,

and the images you made to worship them.

      5. They carried the gods of Egypt with them hidden in their hearts.

            Quote from Sandie Freed’s book, Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord:  How to Discern and Defeat

            the Lies of Jezebel:

            “The entire time the Israelites carried these idols, attempting to hide their sin, they remained in bondage to their Egyptian lifestyle, which only brought more grief, sorrow and death. Is it any wonder that they were never allowed to cross over into their Promised Land? Every one of the adult Israelites, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, died in the wilderness. Because they would not let go of their past, God had to raise up an entirely new generation to cross the Jordan and possess the land. Dear ones, if we truly want to cross over into our places of promise, we cannot allow our past sins to be kept “secret.” If we hide and hold on to our past sins, we will simply take these idolatrous acts from place to place and remain in bondage. Let’s decide today, right now, to repent and change!”

 

       6. Since our future is in our hearts and released out of our mouths, we can tell where there are areas in our heart that

           need to be healed and cleansed by the words we are saying. 

James 1:21AMP:  21 So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness,

 and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted

 [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.

      7. Next week (to be continued)…examining Caleb, the one with a different spirit, who inherited his promised land.