Shift Series 2020

Shift Series 2020

Number 13: 1 – 3, 26-33

1The Lord said to Moses, 

2 “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”

3 So at the Lord’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.

27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.

28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 

29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”

32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 

33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

This morning I would like to speak a message that I believe the Lord has placed upon my heart. It is the first of a two-part series entitled “Shift 2020 Series “

We just read in the book of numbers how God told Moses to send some spies into the land that He was giving the Israelites.

So, Moses sent some leaders to go and check out the land. Now after checking out the land the spies came back with a report.

Now in verse 26 they come back with the report.

Let’s read that part again.

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.

27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.

1 They Thought Moses Sent Them

The first thing that I would like to point out in this passage of scripture is they said to Moses “We went into the land to which you sent us”

Now if I remember correctly in verse 1 it was God who told Moses to send the people to go and check out the land.

It seems to me that they had the wrong perspective when they went into the land. They thought Moses was sending them, when it was God using Moses to send them.

This was something that God told Moses to do. So, this wasn’t something that Moses had sent them to do, but his was a mission that God had sent them to do and He used Moses to get them to do it.

Can I just touch on this real quick before I point out another thing that stands out to me from this passage of scripture?

This wasn’t an idea that Moses thought about and then said hey let’s go see if we can take that land over there. No, it was something that God had directed Moses to do to get the people to go after all that God had for them.

Sometimes we might think it is our Life group leader that is challenging us.

Sometimes we think it is the one who is discipling us that is challenging us.

Sometimes we even think it is the preacher that is challenging us.

Maybe it is God trying to use our life group leader, trying to use the one discipling us or trying to use the preacher to get us to after all that God has promised us.

2. They said Nevertheless

The second thing I see in this passage of scripture is in verse 28.

[Num 13:28 NIV] 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.

Right before this verse they are telling Moses how the land does flow with milk and honey and how it is a very good land.

They even showed Moses some of the fruit from the land.

They said Moses the land you sent us to spy out is a very good land. Yes, it is flowing with milk and honey, as a matter of fact here is some of the fruit from that land.

They are telling Moses how good the land is and yes, it is as you say.

Then right after that they say, but ……

[Num 13:28 NIV] 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.

The KJV reads like this:
[Num 13:28 KJV] 28 Nevertheless the people [be] strong that dwell in the land, and the cities [are] walled, [and] very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

The CSB reads like this:
[Num 13:28 CSB] 28 "However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there.

Now you have a but, you have a nevertheless, and you have a, however.

Has anyone ever told you something and then they put a but, they put a nevertheless or they put a, however?

You did good on your interview; however, you didn’t get the job.

You did well on your exam, but you didn’t pass the class.

You did well in the competition, nevertheless you came in second.

That is how they sounded when they added the however in the sentence.

God has promised us the land, Nevertheless the people who live there are strong.

God has promised us the land; however, the cities are walled and very great.

Yes, God has promised us the land – buttttttt we saw the descendants of Anak there and those people are huge.

Yes, God has promised us the land – However there are a lot of people there.

The Amalekites are living in the land of the Negev; the Hethites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the Jordan." We are we going to fit with all the people living there?

There is no more room for us in the promised land.

3. They saw themselves as grasshoppers

The third thing that stands out to me from this passage of scriptures is they based God’s promises on the way they saw themselves.

[Num 13:33 NIV] 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."

Even though God had promised them the land, they based Gods’ promises on the way they saw themselves.

Because they saw themselves as grasshoppers, they told the people that they would not be able to go in and take possession of what God had promised them.

They said we can’t take possession of the land, not because God is not able to do it, but because of our limited abilities.

This is a pretty heavy report. They said yes it flows with milk and honey, as a matter of fact here is some of its fruit, and we know God has promised us the land, but we are like grasshoppers in the people’s eyes. We can’t go in and take possession of that land.

Once again, the amazing part of this report is, they based the promises of God on how they saw themselves.

Then the Bible goes on to say in Numbers 13:30

Caleb stilled the people:
[Num 13:30 KJV] 30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Even though these spies said we are not able to go up and take possession of the land, Caleb spoke up and said let us go into the land, for we are well able to take possession of it.

Isn’t amazing how a group of people can see the same thing, but have two different perspectives?

Caleb saw what God could do while the others saw what they couldn’t do.

How many times have you and I limited God in a situation because we looked at the situation according to our abilities rather than God’s abilities?

I have done that many of times, but in 2020 I want to have what is called a paradigm shift.

A paradigm shift is seeing the same thing but looking at it from a different perspective.

Let me show you what I mean.

In 2019 maybe you say your limitations but in 2020 you want to see your possibilities.

In 2019 maybe you saw what you couldn’t do, but in 2020 you want to see what God can do through you.

In 2019 maybe you saw what people said, such as you aren’t going to do anything good, you will not amount to anything, you don’t have what it takes, but in 2020 you are going to look at that same person and see who God sees.

I can be all that God has called me to be.

I can do all that God has called me to do.

I can accomplish great things for God.

I can graduate University.

I can get my degree.

I can run a business.

I can be a good Father or Mother.

I can be a leader in the kingdom of God.

Yes, I still have issues I was facing, but I have had a paradigm shift.

Before I say what, I couldn’t do, but now I am seeing what God can do through me.

The shift is not in the situation, but the shift is in how we see the situation.

Ecclesiastes 10:10
If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

Many times, when you and I get weary in doing what God has called us to do, we pray for more strength, but there may be times in our life when we need to pray for more skill.

Having more strength and a sharper axe which can represent our skill, will return more results than someone who has a lot of strength with a dull axe or a lack of skill.

How do we get better at what God has called us to do?

We get better at what God has called us to do, by you and I getting better at who God has called us to be.

Doing

Build a life group

Preach a sermon

Leader of a ministry

Involved in a ministry

Using my talents and gifting

Being

Character

Giving

Compassion

Love

Motives

Many times, we like to pray for a better axe, an easier tree to chop down, a new axe to use, or some better tools to work with, but sometimes God wants to do a work in us.

The Best way for me to help you go to another level is for me to go to another level and teach you how I did it.

How does a leader that doesn’t ask question ever figure out what to do?

The strategy is within the people.

When you and I have a strong why, it will give us a passion to figure out how.

It doesn’t matter if you have a brilliant strategy, if our skills are not at their best.

It doesn’t matter how good our strategy is, if our skills are not developed and at the best level, then we will not go very far.

Example: If a golfer is not skilled at golf, it doesn’t matter how expensive the golf clubs are, he will still have a hard time beating the one who is more skilled.

A few steps on how to get better at what we do:

1 Know the why of what we do.

In order to get good at something we need to find our Motivation.

Measure your progress. We need to know how to measure good.

Learn from those who are good in your field.

Practice at getting better. It is one thing to know what to do and it is another to step out and do it.

The goal is not to aim to be perfect but try and be better than we were the last time.

2 Sharpen your Axe.

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -- Abraham Lincoln

Be growth oriented and not so much goal oriented. (Work on ourselves)

"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune." -- Jim Rohn

A lot of people like to focus on growing their ministry, but we should focus on growing ourselves.

Where we are right now reflects us, if we want to go to another level then we need to improve us.

Church Survey:

A survey of a Church was passed out to the congregation and the question was if you could change anything at the Church, what would you change?

Most of the answers that came back talked about changing things such as the chairs, the volume of the sound, the times of service and so on, but not too many people said they would change themselves.

A lot of times when you and I are presented with an opportunity to change, we think of changing others rather than ourselves.

Sermon For Brother So and So:
Have you ever been sitting in a service and you heard a powerful sermon, then you thought man I wish so and so was here, that is a perfect sermon for them.

So and so had to be here.

If you and I focus on getting better at ourselves rather than what we do, we are already a few steps ahead of most people.

You and I shouldn’t become satisfied at what we have done, but we should always strive to be better at who we are.

3 Prosper in your power spot
How does one find their power spot?

God has given you and I gifts that line up with our calling. That calling is our Power Spot.

Many people are willing to lay aside their value system for a moment of success.

- Survivor, Eye of the Tiger

"So many times, it happens too fast You trade your passion for glory

Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive"

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