Faith and Patience, Part 8
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Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
September 16, 2015
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Faith and Patience Series
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God’s Promise-We Choose It                                                     Our Part                                                                                           God’s Part

Faith + Patience=Inheriting the Promises of God

Faith & Patience, the Power Twins

           

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

                                          TIME is the faith journey that it takes to see His goodness.

 

Patience- NT:5281 Gr. hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay'); cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:

Constancy-the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty;

                                                        firmness of mind; faithfulness:

 

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.

 

I. Who Was Caleb?    

   A. His birthright is uncertain.  He is called the son of Jephunneh, the Kenezite.  Possibly not a Hebrew by birth but

   grafted into the tribe of Judah.

   B. He was the head of the tribe of Judah when the Israelites came up to the Promised Land and was sent as one of the 12

   spies to scout out the land of Canaan.

   C. He and Joshua were the only 2 spies whose hearts could hear and obey the Lord.  They had eyes to see the land of

   Canaan from God’s perspective.  How do we know?  By the words that came out of their mouths.

Numbers 13:30 KJV:  …Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 14:7-9 NKJV:  The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us,

 then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.'   9 Only do not rebel

 against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them,

and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them."

   D. Caleb and Joshua were the only 2 Israelites over the age of 20 who didn’t die in the 40 year wilderness.

   E. God called Caleb His servant.  Why?

Numbers 14:24 AMP: …My servant Caleb, …he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully

 

II. Why Was Caleb Able to Speak Words of Faith After He Scouted the Land of Canaan?

    A. Faith in God’s ability was deposited abundantly in his heart, and out of that abundance his mouth spoke.

            1. He had seen God in the mighty acts of deliverance in Egypt.

            2. He had seen God in the parting of the Red Sea, and every Israelite crossed safely on dry ground.  At

            the same time, He watched God destroy Pharaoh and the mighty world power of the Egyptian army.  Not     one of   their enemies survived.

            3. He had seen God as their Provider every step of the way, providing food and water in the desert journey.

            4. He had seen God in the cloud by day to shelter them in the desert from the heat, and the fire by night to            be their light and their warmth.

            5. He directed their steps—when the cloud moved, they moved and stayed when the cloud stayed.

            6. Caleb had studied God through all these things and through every trial, every hard place.  All of these       things   were opportunities for God to reveal Himself and to show His glory.

            7. Through everything Caleb had seen up to this point, he was fully persuaded that God had a good plan            for them,          and that He was leading them and providing for them every step of the way.

    B. All 12 spies who scouted the land of Canaan saw the same things:

            1. It was an exceedingly good land.

            2. The land flowed with milk and honey.

            3. The fruit of the land was exceptional.

            4. There were large fortified cities.

            5. The inhabitants were strong people.

            6. There were giants in the land.

    C. Caleb’s perspective, his vision came from his heart. 

Matthew 5:8 KJV:  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 6:22-23 AMP:  The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full

 of light. 23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you

is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

            1. Caleb’s words after viewing the land that God was giving them:

Numbers 13:30 KJV:  …Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 14:7-9 KJV:  7 The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

8 If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with

milk and honey.  9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are

 bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

III. Fear causes you to bow to an image and not God.

    A. The Israelites’ perspective, their vision came from their hearts.

            1. They had quickly forgotten the miraculous deliverance from Egypt and all the miracles through the wilderness up         to this point. 

            2. Because they did not hold the glory of the invisible God in their remembrance, they studied what they saw with       their natural eyes.  All that they saw was magnified much bigger than the God who brought judgment on the gods of      Egypt and miraculously delivered and provided for them.

            3. They “saw” themselves as grasshoppers compared to the Canaanites & thought that the Canaanites “saw” them the       same way. 

            4. They bowed to the image of fear rather than the invisible God and said:

Numbers 13:30 AMP:  We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan],

 for they are stronger than we are. 

    B. Their hopeless words were contagious and infected the whole group:

Numbers 13:30 KJV:  And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

            1. Those fear words were actually a mirage.  There was really nothing to return to.  Egypt was destroyed.

                a. All the wealth of Egypt left with the Israelites.

                b. Pharaoh and all the mighty army of Egypt was destroyed in the Red Sea.

                c. The slave labor was gone so all the building had stopped.

                d. The Israelites wouldn’t be at all welcome in Egypt after everything that had happened.  Especially while the                      whole land was mourning the deaths of all the first born, including the son of Pharaoh, the successor to the throne.

    C.  My own personal example of deliverance from fear

            1. Because of going through some financial things, a fear of lack had attached itself to my soul. 

                a. It came out of my mouth even after I knew that it was God’s will for us to prosper.

                b. Even though I had never gone without food, shelter, clothing, etc., and had seen His miraculous debt deliverance

                 in our lives, that fear of lack tormented my mind.

                c. I had a divided heart, double-mindedness concerning money, disunited from the Word of God.

                d. It manifested in worry, anxiousness, etc., causing me to bow to the spirit of Mammon. 

                e. When the Holy Spirit revealed this to me, I repented and broke agreement with the spirit of Mammon thus                             demolishing that death structure, that idol had over my mind!

                f. God is my Source, and any financial thing that seems like a difficulty is now an opportunity for the glory of God                to be seen!  He is my Provider, and I refuse to carry the care of it.

                g. We have aligned ourselves with His kingdom way of prospering.  “The Blessing of the Lord is making us rich     and adding no sorrow with it.”

IV. Caleb is our example of “by faith (faith working by love) and patience we inherit the promises”.

     A. Caleb was 40 years old when the Israelites left Egypt.  He was 80 when they began the conquest of Canaan, and he

     was 85 when the land was divided up for the inheritances.

     B. His dream of inheriting the Promised Land was delayed for 40 years for the sin of the Israelites as they

     wandered in the wilderness, surrounded by death daily as all those over the age of 20 had to die except Joshua and

     Caleb. 

     C. By focusing on God’s promise in the season called, “Time”, he kept hope alive and kept his heart from getting sick.

     He so believed God’s Word that he and Joshua prepared themselves for battle.  Because the first generation didn’t  

     succeed, no doubt they prepared and trained the younger generation to believe God and to win.

     D. When the time came for his inheritance, he boldly spoke what the Lord had promised him:

Joshua 14:5-12 AMP:  5 As the Lord commanded Moses, so the Israelites did, and they divided the land.  

6 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him,

 You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning me and you in Kadesh-barnea.  

7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout out the land.

 And I brought him a report as it was in my heart.

8 But my brethren who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.

9 And Moses swore on that day, Surely the land on which your feet have walked shall be an inheritance to you and your children always, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God. [Deuteronomy 1:35,36.]

10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while the Israelites wandered in the wilderness; and now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old.

11 Yet I am as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then,

 so is my strength now for war and to go out and to come in.

12 So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke that day. For you heard then how the [giantlike] Anakim

were there and that the cities were great and fortified; if the Lord will be with me, I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.

     E. And through Caleb’s faith and patience, he inherited the promise of God.

Joshua 14:13-15 AMP:  13 Then Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.

14 So Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly

 followed the Lord, the God of Israel.

15 The name of Hebron before was Kiriath-arba [city of Arba]. This Arba was the greatest of the Anakim.

And the land had rest from war.

     F. Caleb is a type of the last days victorious church who inherit the promises of God!

         1. These see the invisible God through eyes of faith, Caleb vision.

         2. They speak faith-filled words and mountains move.

         3. They see the “giants” in the land as grasshoppers compared to the power of the living God.

         4. They do the greater works that Jesus spoke of.

         5. They are the feet of Jesus, taking back the lands that the enemy has stolen:

Joshua 1:3 KJV:  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you,

         6. Caleb followed the Lord fully, and He called him “His servant”.  That is His invitation to us today, to open the door

         of our hearts to Him and allow Him to do what He wants in us.  And to heed the words of our leaders as they hear and

         see where the Lord is in this hour, preparing us to be Calebs!

         


The Process of Faith

GOAL – to show 2 types of hearts

Bill Winston – Your future is in your heart.

Faith comes from your heart; not from your mind.  You have to renew your mind in order to make it cooperate with your heart.

By faith and patience you inherit the promises.

*Caleb gave a report of what was in his heart.  “We are well able to go up and take this land.”

*Caleb had eyes to see

  • The pure in heart will see God.
  • The eye body is the lamp to the soul.
  • Love the truth no matter what.

 

Restoration Process of Faith

1) He gives vision of the restoration (promised land of wholeness)

2) He starts into tearing down old structures (which requires us to be confronted by them so we can choose to die to them and disassociate ourselves from those old structures

3) Then He begins to build base principles to stand on like a builder would a foundation (like repentance, forgiveness, choosing love, rejecting darkness, locating good and bad fruit)

4) Here He has a fresh clean slate to build. This is where we start to actually see outward progress. All the other steps are inward.

 

Base Faith

I believe that God has a purpose in my life, and He is big enough to do anything.

  1. TRUST - Nothing happens to me without going through God’s hands first.
    1. This does not include my purposed rebellion against God’s plan.
  2. Everything has a purpose.
  3. God’s purpose is eternal.