I'm Looking FORWARD To It
What is Ahead of Me is Greater than What is Behind Me
Jesus Leaves No Room for Going Backwards
Luke 9:61-62 – (61) Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” (62) Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Even if it means standing alone, you must decide to be true, to stand out, and to risk it all for God.
Numbers 13:1-2 (NLT) – (1) The LORD now said to Moses, (2) “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.”
Numbers 13:19-20 (NLT) – (19) “See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? (20) Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.”
Numbers 13:25-33 (NLT) – (25) After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned (26) to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. (27) This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country – a land flowing with milk and honey. (28) But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!… (30) … But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” (31) But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” (32) So they spread this evil report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. (33) We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
Numbers 14:1-10 (NLT) – (1) Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. (2) Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. (3) “Why is the LORD taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little cones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it better for us to return to Egypt?” (4) Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” (5) Them Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. (6) Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. (7) They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! (8) And if the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. (9) Do not rebel against the LORD, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” (10) But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle.
The Kind of Massive Action that Invites God’s Massive Blessing
• Massive actions of obedience follow your major decisions about God.
• Very few people are willing to pay the cost required.
• Some people will NOT like you when you make a burn-the-ships, no-turning-back commitment to God.
• Obeying God massively might cost you everything you currently possess.
God’s biggest blessings are on the other side of your biggest challenges.
• What major decision about your beliefs do you need to make today?
• What massive act of obedience do you need to take today?
• What are you willing to give up – and how long are you willing to keep on obeying – to have God’s very best, massive blessing on your life?